Department of Chemistry

Students interested in nuclear chemistry might be better suited to the Cyclotron Institute REU Program.

Most students find the REU summer research 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.

Students receive:

  • 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

This is a competitive program open to undergraduate chemistry majors enrolled in 4-year U.S. colleges and 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.

Required for your application to be reviewed:

  • Completed online application including statement of purpose and unofficial transcript with Fall grades
  • 2 letters of recommendation

See Personal Statement Pointers (page 10) for tips about what to include in your personal statement.

Apply online at
Application Window: December 15, 2017 - February 15, 2018
Questions may be directed to Ms. Marylin Warren at or 979-845-0520.

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 Project Title
Perla Balbuena Solvation Effects on Ion Transport for Li-ion and Li-S Batteries
Sarbajit Banerjee Far from Equilibrium: Metastable Compounds for Energy Storage
David Barondeau Chemical Biology Probes to Investigate Structure-Function Properties for Fe-S Cluster Biosynthesis
James Batteas Tuning the Chemistry in Two-Dimensional Materials for Atomic Scale Control of Friction
Tadhg Begley Mechanistic and Inhibition Studies on Enzymes involved in Vitamin Metabolism
David Bergbreiter Molecular Design of Sustainable Homogeneous Catalysis Systems
Janet Bluemel Molecular and Nanoparticle Catalysts Immobilized on Surfaces of Porous Materials
Kevin Burgess Design Of Small Molecules To Bind Protein Surfaces
Marcetta Darensbourg NO News is Both Good and Bad News: Synthesis and Study of Nitric Oxide Release Agents Based on Iron Dinitrosyl Complexes
Kim Dunbar Exploration of Organic Radicals in Magnetic and Conducting Materials
Lei Fang Synthesis and Processing of Electronically-/Optically-Active Functional Organic Materials
Francois Gabbai Synthesis of Fluorinated Organophosphorus Compounds for Application in Positron Emission Tomography Imaging
John Gladysz Enantioselective Organic Catalysis using Werner Complexes
Jaime Grunlan Environmentally-benign Flame Retardant Treatments for Polymer-Based materials
Michael Hall Computational Studies of Transition-Metal Catalysis
Christian Hilty Development of Agents for Molecular Sensing and Imaging Using Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance
Arthur Laganowsky Probing Membrane Protein-Lipid Interactions using Native Mass Spectrometry
Paul Lindahl Iron Trafficking and Regulation
Wenshe Liu Development of Chemical Biology Methods for the Functional Investigation of Posttranslational Protein Modifications
Michael Nippe New Ligand Scaffolds For Energy Relevant Molecular Catalysis
Simon North Direct Imaging of Atmospheric Photochemical Reactivity
Oleg Ozerov Ligand Design for New Avenues in Catalysis
David Powers Aerobic Oxidase Catalysis for Sustainable Synthetic Chemistry
Frank Raushel Discovery and Evolution of Novel Enzyme Catalyzed Reactions
Jonathan Sczepanski In Vitro Selection of Cross-Chiral DNA Aptamers that Modulate RNA Function
Matthew Sheldon Tuning the Morphology of Hybrid Cesium Lead Bromide Perovskite Nanocrystals to Optimize Optical Energy Conversion
Dan Singleton Organic Dynamics and the Origin of Life
Dong Hee Son Photophysical properties of magnetically doped cesium lead halide perovskite quantum dots
Coran Watanabe Biosynthesis of the Anti-Tumor Agent Azinomycin B
Karen Wooley Functional Polymer Materials Designed for Environmental Remediation and Sustainability
Hong-cai Zhou Development of a Synthetic Toolbox for Rational Framework Synthesis

Weekly Career Development Seminars

Every week, REU participants meet over lunch to discuss several issues relevant to careers in chemistry. Typical discussion topics are listed below.

How to Succeed in Research
Library Use: Database Searching & e-Journals
Laboratory Safety: Dow Safety Academy
Scientific Authoring and Publishing
Technology Commercialization
Career Day
Scientific Presentations
Advice from Graduate Students
Applying to Graduate School

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

LAUNCH 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.

Research Facility Tours

Tours are offered for many different research facilities across campus. In the past tours have been offered of:

Poster Session

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.

Departmental Symposium

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.

Social Events

Numerous social events are sponsored by the department and the University, and REU students often initiate others. We kick off the program with a social, allowing students to meet their mentors and advisors in an informal atmosphere. Students from REU programs across campus are invited to attend a barbeque in the first week of the program. 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.