Our Summer Lando/NSF REU is for outstanding national and international undergraduate students. It is designed to encourage students in the chemical sciences to learn more about research in chemistry, and provide them with the opportunity to work in a lab under the direction of a faculty member. We offer a variety of professional and social events for participants throughout the summer.

Applications accepted from students in their sophomore or junior years of undergraduate study in chemistry or closely related fields. This is an international competition. The Lando/NSF REU is open to all students outside the University of Minnesota.

The status of the 2023 summer program will be contingent to COVID-19 restrictions, but an in-person program is expected. All students coming to campus are required to be vaccinated.

"My LANDO experience did so much to help prepare me for graduate school. Because of my LANDO research, I knew what kind of research I wanted to do and what kind of group I wanted to join. I also had my first published paper because of the research I was part of during my LANDO experience. I cannot recommend it enough!" —Samuel Stoneburner, Ph.D.


Applications for 2023 Lando/NSF Program are NO LONGER being accepted for Summer of 2023.

*Please submit all recommendation letters and transcripts in PDF format to Transcripts may be official or unofficial (whatever is easiest for you).

Application deadline
February 3, 2023

2023 Program dates
June 5 to August 11, 2023

Domestic fellows

  • You receive a stipend of $7,400 and a travel allowance of up to $400.
    • The $7,400 stipend is paid in two installments throughout the summer (the first installment of $3,700 will be paid upon arrival).
    • You may either live on-campus or off campus. On-campus cost for a dormitory is approximately $1,900 for the 10-week period.
  • Your appointment begins, Monday, June 5, 2023, and runs for 10 weeks, ending Friday, August 11, 2023.
    • Monday, June 5 is reserved for moving into a residence.
    • Your research assignment commences, Tuesday June 6, 2023.
  • During the last week, you participate in a poster session with other summer research students at the McNamara Memorial Center.
    • Funds up to $900 are available for travel to a national meeting during the following year to present the results of your summer research.

Foreign fellows

  • If you are a foreign student coming to the program from outside of the U.S., you are required to stay in housing on campus.
    • This cost (~$1,900) will be covered for you.
    • The corresponding stipend will be ~$5,500 so that the total is the same as for the domestic students.
  • A travel allowance for international travel of up to $750 will be provided.

Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Chemistry is united in the belief that diversity in all of its forms is good. Collaboration among people of all cultures and backgrounds enhances our experience as scientists and contributes to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. We strive to promote a climate that celebrates our differences and strengthens our department by embracing and working to increase our diversity.

About the Summer Lando/NSF REU Program

This program was initiated in 1973 with funds from a bequest to the University in honor of Maximillian Nandor Lando, a 1902 chemistry graduate of the University of Minnesota. It is presently supported by a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant of the National Science Foundation.

"The Lando Program was amazing, definitely one of the most wonderful experiences that I have ever had. The staff, faculty members, and graduate students at the University of Minnesota were friendly and very kind. As an international student, I can certainly say that what I enjoyed the most about this summer program was the amount of social events that provided the right environment to meet people and make friends from all around the world. Last, but not least, the Twin Cities is a great place. There is always something fun happening, and no way to get bored." —Andrey Joaqui, chemistry graduate student

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