Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Welcome!  The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas is proud to sponsor the National Science Foundation supported Research Experience for Undergraduates for the 30th year. The program provides initial research experiences for 10-12 students in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment. Most participants are recruited from primarily undergraduate institutions with substantially limited or no research infrastructures. Undergraduates attending any U.S. university who are majoring in chemistry or a closely related field, and who are considering a career--and perhaps graduate study--in chemistry, are encouraged to apply.

Key components of this program are career enhancement and educational activities that encourage and prepare the students for graduate studies and careers in emerging and interdisciplinary areas of the chemical sciences. Close interactions between the participants and their faculty, graduate student, and postdoctoral mentors provide guidance and feedback throughout the program and beyond. In addition, the students develop important skills for the oral and written presentation of their research accomplishments. See the 2017 Program Announcement (pdf).

The dates of this year's program will be May 22nd through July 28th, 2017.  Each participant receives a competitive stipend plus full room and board and a travel allowance, a total value of approximately $8,800.

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


The KU Academic Achievement and Access Center is dedicated to providing necessary services for individuals with special needs.


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2017 REU NEWS
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!