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REU Program

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Experimental and Computational Modeling of Materials and Bio-Molecular Systems

Applications for the 2023 Program will open on the 1st of January, 2023 (deadline for non-University of Utah students is Jan 31st).

Program dates: May 25th (arrival) - Aug 4th, 2023.

REU 2017
Join undergraduates from colleges and universities across the United States. Engage in full-time, cutting-edge research on a project of your choice.

The program includes:

  • Stipend of $6,000
  • Travel allowance and on-campus housing (to non-local students)
  • Training and research
  • Weekly luncheon seminars
  • Activities with other University of Utah REU programs
  • Outdoor adventures in the spectacular Wasatch mountains
  • Culminating symposium
  • Travel support to present at a research conference

REU Information for Summer 2023

Faculty members in the Chemistry Department will offer diverse research projects in all areas of Chemistry – see the list of subfields that are represented.  Projects will integrate hands-on training in advanced tools or techniques specific to a lab’s expertise – see the list of possible tools or techniques. In addition, this REU program will emphasize the development of data analysis and modeling skills that are broadly applicable to modern Chemistry research. REU participants will be fully integrated in our faculty’s research groups, which address a range of challenging problems in energy, health, environment, and education – see the list of research goals and systems.

Program dates: May 25th (arrival) - Aug 4th, 2023.

analytical separations



chemical and STEM education

chemical microbiology

computational chemistry


materials synthesis

medicinal chemistry

nanoscale chemistry (nanoparticles, nanopores) 

nucleic acid chemistry

organic synthesis

organometallic chemistry

protein synthesis


surface chemistry

bioanalytical methods

biophysical computer simulations

cognitive and social psychological methods

computational quantum chemistry

device fabrication

gas phase laser spectroscopy

kinetics and thermodynamics

mass spectrometry

molecular dynamics computer simulations

nonlinear and time-resolved spectroscopy

peer-led collaborative learning strategies

single-particle chemistry and spectroscopy

spectroscopic and structural biophysical methods


antibiotic development

bacterial signaling

belonging and inclusivity in STEM courses


CO2 recycling & sustainability

computational materials design

energy conversion and storage

mechanisms of phase transformations

membrane biophysics

molecular recognition & self-assembly

molecular thermochemistry in the gas phase


natural products synthesis


polymer brushes

structure-function relationships (biological)

structure-property relationships (materials)

transcription and epigenetics (incl. DNA damage & repair)



Program Directors

Professor Ming Hammond

Professor Michael Gruenwald

How to Apply

Please check back on the 1st of January 2023.

Click Here to apply

Application Parts: Personal, school, and references info (two reference letters required); College transcript (file upload); Project selection and statement of interest (300 words), Personal statement (1 page, file upload)

Important Information for Reference Letters: Your reference letter writers will receive an email with submission instructions once you complete the application. You are encouraged to inform them to look out for this email (including checking spam folders). The deadline for reference letters is one week after the REU application deadline (Feb 7, 2023 for non-University of Utah students' references; Mar 8, 2023 for University of Utah students' references). For University of Utah students:  one reference letter must be from the Chemistry faculty that has agreed to sponsor your REU application and serve as your summer research mentor.  

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Last Updated: 11/2/22