Department of Chemistry


NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Snapshots of Chemistry: Visualization at the Molecular Level

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May 30 -- Aug 05, 2023 (10 weeks)

Spend 10 weeks of your summer carrying out research in residence in our Chemistry Department. We use the term "Snapshots of Chemistry" to emphasize our focus on gaining insights on key chemical features of molecular processes via visual images. Research projects will cover a broad range of topics, spanning from femtosecond time-resolved observations of transient events to synthesis of novel drugs, development of nanostructures and catalysis in energy research, biochemical and structural investigations of proteins and nucleic acids, and theoretical investigations using advanced algorithm and state-of-the-art computer graphics and multimedia capabilities

In our summer program, you will work one-on-one in a lab with a faculty advisor and graduate student mentor. We will have weekly seminars on scientific topics as well as graduate school applications and scientific ethics. Included will also be tours of local research facility such as the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and other social activities. The summer will end with a poster session, where you will display your summer research and discuss it with Chemistry faculty and graduate students.

"I really enjoyed this REU and am very thankful for the opportunity! I learned a lot about data analysis softwares, new lab techniques, experimental design, and daily life as a graduate student at USC. I also met great people in the lab who I can hopefully keep in touch with." [Alisa Quon]

"I greatly ejoyed the entire program and have really grown as a scientist. After this program, I am excited to return to my own college and share my experience. This program has also confirmed that I want to pursue a PhD after undergrad." [Matthew Coe]

"I felt grateful to be a part of a program where I was able to learn and challenge my skills in the lab. The experience solidified my interest in the field of chemistry." [Rita Bilamenjian]

Participants will receive $600.00 per week stipend for the program. Housing, travel and health insurance will also be covered. The program targets juniors although applications from sophomores will also be considered. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

 

Apply by simply filling out the form below by February 15, 2023.

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For more information about the NSF REU Program, contact the program coordinator Anahit Martirosyan via e-mail at amartiro@usc.edu

 

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