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Materials Chemistry Research: Synthesis, Characterization, and Device Fabrication

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The path of most research approaching real world problems (increasing data storage, producing inexpensive, non toxic photovoltaics, or developing state-of-the-art bioorganic materials for drug delivery) encompasses synthesis, characterization, computational modeling and simulations, and device performance assessments. Although individual groups may work on one or more parts of this cycle, it is critical that students appreciate and acquire some understanding of the entire process. This REU program will provide students an introduction to a variety of aspects of chemical research. In addition, students will participate in activities that will enrich their presentation, ethics and career skills. See the program information section for more details.


Besides offering a summer at the foot of the Rockies, the CSU Chemistry REU program aims to conduct cutting-edge research and, at the same time, provide research opportunities for:

(a) students in underrepresented groups;

(b) students who would not normally have the chance to participate in research at their home institution; and/or

(c) students at an earlier stage in their undergraduate education sequence.

In an effort to achieve both goals simultaneously, our featured research projects section highlights a subset of the research involving our ~25 participating faculty where new researchers can be plugged into thoughtfully constructed assignments, with the aim to maximize discoveries.


The NSF requires that students must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who will graduate at the end of the spring semester are not eligible for this program. Otherwise, undergraduate students at any level of education may apply.


Students receive a stipend of at least $5,000 for the 10-week summer program. In addition, the program covers the cost of the double-occupancy modern dormitory accommodations with full board (worth an additional ~$2,500 for the summer).


The program offers a travel allowance of up to $600.


Students are housed in a residence hall on the Colorado State University campus with other summer undergraduate researchers from across campus.

Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
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Program Dates: 5/28/2018 - 8/3/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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Colorado State University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering

Materials Chemistry

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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