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 - Twin Cities.

The status of the 2024 summer program will be contingent to COVID-19 restrictions, but an in-person program is expected.

"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.


Application for 2024 Lando Program is now closed.

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

Application deadline
February 2, 2024

2024 Program dates
June 3 to August 9, 2024

Domestic fellows

  • You receive a stipend of $7,800.
    • The $7,800 stipend is paid in two installments throughout the summer (the first installment of $3,900 will be paid upon arrival).
    • You may either live on-campus or off campus. On-campus cost for a dormitory is approximately $2,100 for the 10-week period.
  • Your appointment begins, Monday, June 3, 2024, and runs for 10 weeks, ending Friday, August 9, 2024.
    • Monday, June 3 is reserved for moving into a residence.
    • Your research assignment commences, Tuesday June 4, 2024.
  • During the last week, you participate in a poster session with other summer research students at the McNamara Memorial Center.

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 (~$2,100) will be covered for you.
    • Your stipend will be $8,150 minus the cost of housing (~$2,100).

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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