The Program

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 2017 program will start: May 22nd  and end: July 28th.  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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►  REU Participants - Click for list
Summer Schedule - Click for details

  They always come back……
1997 REU Alumni, Tristan Lambert
Mentor:  Joseph Heppert
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1992 REU Alumni Joseph Cavaleri  remembers when....
Mentor:  Kristin Bowman-James
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►  Thanks for the memories!