NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Snapshots of Chemistry: Visualization at the Molecular Level
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June 03 -- Aug 10, 2013 (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.
"This really was a wonderful experience for me. Coming from a small school, I hadn't really experienced research on a university scale. I enjoyed very much working on my project and our weekly research group meetings. As for my growth as a scientist, I am considering a career in research for analytical chemistry or surface science more seriously." [Kelly Stouffer]
Participants will receive $4500 stipend for the program. Housing, student health insurance, and travel costs will also be covered. The program targets juniors, although applications from sophomores will also be considered. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.