NSF-REU Summer Research Program
Program Dates: June 2 - August 7, 2015.
Application windows December 1, 2014 - February 13, 2015.
The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on interdisciplinary projects in biological, green, and materials chemistry. In our program, students become full members of a research group, carrying out fundamental research on topics that span the chemical sciences. Most students find the program to be a useful way to explore the graduate school experience at a top Chemistry program. Our faculty have an outstanding record of providing students rewarding summer research experiences, usually resulting in co-authorship on publications and/or presentations. In addition to the focus on individual research projects, students will participate in weekly career development seminars, highlighted by a Career Day with Ph.D. chemists speaking about their career paths. Students in the Chemistry REU will interact with students in other undergraduate research programs across campus.
- a stipend of $5000
- free housing.
- one credit of summer research, with tuition and required fees paid by the program.
- Travel allowance
- $500 debit card to be used toward meals.
Who is Eligible?
This is a competitive program open to undergraduate chemistry majors enrolled in 4-year U.S. Universities other than Texas A&M who have completed their second or third year with a 3.0 GPA or better with strong letters of recommendation. Students must have completed 2 semesters of general chemistry and general laboratory, 2 semesters of organic chemistry and organic laboratory, and preferably 2 upper level chemistry courses, which typically include any of the following: analytical, spectroscopy, instrumental analysis, advanced organic, physical chemistry, biochemistry.
We welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups, including minorities and women.
How Do I Apply?
Apply online for the NSF-REU Summer Research Program between December 1, 2014 - February 13, 2015.
The following documents are required for your application to be reviewed.
- Completed online application including statement of purpose and unofficial transcript with Fall grades
- 2 letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation (which should be on institutional letterhead) may be sent electronically (preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Texas A&M University, Dept. of Chemistry
Summer Research Program
PO Box 30012, College Station, TX 77842-3012
See Personal Statement Pointers (page 10) for tips about what to include in your personal statement.
Questions may be directed to Ms. Marylin Warren at email@example.com or 979-845-0520.
What Projects are Available?
Click on the faculty member’s name to view their webpage to learn more about their research interests.
|Table 1: Available Faculty Mentors and Sample Research Projects|
|Faculty Member||Sample Project Title|
|David Barondeau||Investigating the mechanism of Fe-S cluster biosynthesis|
|James Batteas||Tuning surface interactions to control friction and wear of materials|
|Tadhg Begley||Characterization of enzymes involved in recycling modified nucleosides in RNA|
|David Bergbreiter||Green chemistry with functional polyolefins|
|Janet Bluemel||Homogeneous catalysts immobilized on oxide supports by optimized linkers for improved activities and lifetimes|
|Kevin Burgess||Design of molecules to perturb protein-protein interactions|
|Abraham Clearfield||Surface functionalization of layered zirconium phosphate materials|
|Donald Darensbourg||Biodegradable polymer synthesis from renewable resources|
|Marcetta Darensbourg||Synthetic analogues of hydrogenase active sites and dinitrosyl iron complexes (DNICs)|
|Kim Dunbar||Coordination chemistry as a platform for new materials and biological activity|
|Lei Fang||Synthesis of conjugated ladder polymers for organic solar cells|
|Francois Gabbai||Fluoride anion binding by molecular receptors. Applications in water analysis and fluorine-18 positron emission tomography|
|John Gladysz||Rotaxanes as "insulated molecular wires"|
|Paul Lindahl||Biophysical probes of iron metabolism in eukaryotic cells|
|Wenshe Liu||Pyrrolysine incorporation machinery as a genetic code expansion device|
|Simon North||Optical measurements of trace atmospheric species|
|Oleg Ozerov||Pincer complexes of transition metals for synthesis of new materials|
|Frank Raushel||Annotating proteins of unknown function|
|Daniel Romo||Synthetic studies of bioactive natural products at the chemistry/biology interface|
|Dan Singleton||Mechanistic studies of green reactions|
|Dong Hee Son||Photophysical properties of 2-dimensional layered nanomaterials and their applications in catalysis|
|Coran Watanabe||Biosynthesis of the anti-tumor agent Azinomycin B|
|Steven M. Wheeler||Computational design of transition-metal free catalysts for asymmetric alkylation reactions|
|Karen Wooley||Polymer surfaces for anti-biofouling and self-healing and corrosion coatings|
|Hong-cai Zhou||Reversible alteration of CO2 adsorption upon photochemical or thermal treatment in a metal-organic framework|
|*B=Biological Chemistry; G=Green Chemistry; M=Materials Chemistry|
What Else will I do?
Weekly Career Development Seminars
Every week, REU participants meet over lunch to discuss several issues relevant to careers in chemistry. The topics we discussed Ssummer 2014 are in the table below, along with the discussion facilitators.
How to Succeed in Research
Dr. James Batteas
Library Use: Database Searching & E- Journals
Mr. David Hubbard (chemistry librarian)
Laboratory Safety: Dow Safety Academy
Dr. Hannah Crampton, Dow Chemical
Scientific Authoring and Publishing
Dr. Francois Gabbai
Dr. Joanna Pellois (Associate Graduate Advisor)
Dr. Shyamala Rajagopalan and Ms. Janie Hurley, TAMUS Technology Commercialization
Dr. Justin Hettick, NIOSH Dr. Christopher Hobbs, TAMU Kingsville
|Scientific Presentations||Dr. Simon North (Graduate Advisor)|
Advice from Graduate Students
Graduate Student Panel
Applying to Graduate School
Dr. James Batteas (Graduate Recruitment Coordinator)Dr. Oleg Ozerov (Graduate Admissions Coordinator)
Weekly Research Seminars
Every week, two chemistry faculty members will present short, interactive vignettes about their research. This opportunity allows you to learn about the scope and depth of research opportunities in our department.
Brown Bag Lunches
The Office of Undergraduate Research Coordinates several brown bag lunches that REU participants across campus are invited to attend. Example topics are GRE preparation, Preparing for Graduate School, How to Write a CV, Library Resources, How to Choose a Graduate Mentor, Poster Presentations.
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Research Facility Tours
Tours are offered for many different research facilities across campus. In the past tours have been offered of:
- Immersive Visualization Center
- Cyclotron Institute
- Nuclear Science Center
- Wind Tunnel
- Microscopy & Imaging Center
- Materials Characterization Facility
- Offshore Technology Research Center
REU students will participate in a University-wide poster session in the final week of the program. Students will be able to present their research to students and faculty in a wide variety of disciplines.
Each student will deliver an oral presentation to the chemistry department in the final week of the symposium. This seminar, attended by fellow undergraduates, as well as graduate students and faculty, allowing students to present their research results to a specialized audience.
Numerous social events are sponsored by the department and the University, and REU students often initiate others. We kick off the program with an ice cream social, allowing students to meet their mentors and advisors in an informal atmosphere. Students from REU programs across campus are invited to attend a pizza party in the first week of the program. Later in the summer, a pool party is sponsored by the Office of Honors and Undergraduate Research. The department has organized barbeques and trips to attend baseball games.Our Graduate Student Association in Chemistry and our local chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers host social events for our REU students. Students are enrolled in our recreation sports program to allow them to use our excellent facilities, and in the past students have created intramural teams and joined outdoor excursions. When research schedules allow, past students have organized weekend trips to Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Houston.