The Program

The 2018 Program is taken a break as the Chemistry Department moves into a new science building.
We will be back in operation starting the summer 2019, so please be sure to apply.

Click on the following ink for details regarding our new Integrated Science Building:

If you are a sophomore or junior chemistry major attending a U. S. university, and are interested in contributing to some truly exciting research and discovery in chemistry, we invite you to join us!


A proven program with a long history.

For the past 30 years the Chemistry Department has been a REU site for the National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates.  At least 10-12 students from colleges and universities from Kansas, the Midwest, and states across the country have joined an approximately equal number of our own students to engage in 10 weeks of full-time top-quality research.

Participants select individual research projects from nearly 30 cutting edge problems and at the same time share their professional development experiences as a cohort.

The research projects have been be carefully planned to be tangible and appropriate for an undergraduate researcher. The cohort experiences include a variety of professional and social group activities that will contribute to each participant’s personal, collaborative, and professional growth. The students benefit from the highly collaborative research environment at KU, state-of-the-art facilities, an extensive orientation program to facilitate their acclimation to the University and initiation of research.

A key component is a career enhancement program addressing career opportunities and challenges in emerging interdisciplinary research.

Close interaction of the participants with their faculty and graduate student and/or postdoctoral mentors provides high-quality guidance and feedback throughout the program and beyond. In addition, the students develop important skills for oral and written communication/dissemination of their research accomplishments. See more about Career Enhancement.

Join us this summer!

The 2019 program will start: TBA.  Each participant receives a competitive stipend plus full room and board and a travel allowance, a total value of approximately $8,800.  Apply Now!

The University of Kansas is an equal opportunity institution.
Minorities and students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Published News: 
On July 24, 2017 - Cameron Liss had his research featured in the ACS Journal of Chemical Theory & Computation.  Cameron served as a 2016 REU Participant under the direction of Professor Marco Caricato.  The article is titled:  "Electronic Coupling for Donor-Bridge-Acceptor Systems with a Bridge-Overlap Approach"  Click to access abstract

► "HEADLINER" - Mark Graven not only makes the new in Ireland, but here at KU:  Click for the story

1992 REU Alumni Joseph Cavaleri
remembers when....
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►  2017 REU Participants - Click for list

  REU Past Chronicles
     2015 Tidbits

►  Thanks for the memories!