Opportunities for non-UMN students
The Department of Chemistry hosts a number of opportunities for undergraduate research for students who are not currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota.
Summer Lando/NSF REU
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
Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry (SURF-CTC) is hosted by the Chemical Theory Center (CTC) at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. Support for the fellowships is provided by the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (ICDC), the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center (NMGC), and various other research funds.
This fellowship is a full-time appointment for a ten-week period between June and August. Research projects are available in all areas of theoretical and computational chemistry.
Materials Research Science & Engineering
The MRSEC Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program provides summer undergraduate research opportunities in science and engineering. The University of Minnesota MRSEC will provide full-time summer research positions to undergraduate students during the summer.
NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, through support from the National Science Foundation, hosts a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program focused on Sustainable Nanotechnology. Selected participants will spend 10 weeks conducting research in collaboration with one more principal investigators of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.
NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers
The CSP will provide full-time research positions to undergraduate students during the summer. Positions may be available at the University of Minnesota, the University of California–Berkeley, Northwestern University, Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of South Dakota.
This program is open to undergraduate students in science and engineering majors, preferably chemistry, chemical engineering, or materials science. Program participants must be US citizens or permanent residents
In addition to opportunities hosted by the Department of Chemistry, here are some that are not necessarily hosted at the University of Minnesota campus.
National Science Foundation
This is a list of the active chemistry division funded REU sites (Sites with active NSF awards). Almost every site has a web page where more information can be obtained. Clicking on a highlighted site title should direct you to the external web page.
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Amgen Scholars Program
Each summer hundreds of undergraduates step into some of the world’s premier research universities and institutions to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program. Students conduct hands-on research in the lab alongside top faculty, participate in seminars and networking events, and take part in symposia with their peers and leading scientists.