The REU summer research program focuses on interdisciplinary projects in sustainable chemistry. In our program, students become full members of a research group, carrying out fundamental research on topics that span the chemical sciences. Students will participate in a Sustainable Chemistry workshop and professional development focused on Science Communication.
Application Window: December 13, 2019- February 15, 2020
Program Dates: May 26 - July 31, 2020
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, learning about many aspects of effective science communication. Students in the Chemistry REU will interact with students in other undergraduate research programs across campus and will receive personal mentoring from faculty, graduate students, and industrial chemists.
This is a competitive program open to undergraduate chemistry majors (or closely related fields) enrolled in 4-year U.S. colleges and universities other than Texas A&M who have completed at least their first year with a 3.0 GPA or better with strong letters of recommendation. Students must have completed at least 2 semesters of college chemistry including laboratories.
We welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups, including minorities, women, and veterans.
Required for your application to be reviewed:
See Personal Statement Pointers (page 10) for tips about what to include in your personal statement.
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||Design of Photocatalytic Platforms for Water Splitting|
|James Batteas||Driving Mechanochemical Reactions on 2D Nanomaterials|
|Tadhg Begley||The Mechanistic Enzymology of Chuangxinmycin Biosynthesis|
|David Bergbreiter||Designing Greener and Sustainable Solvents and Solvent Mixtures|
|Janet Bluemel||Peroxides Stabilized by Hydrogen Bonding to Phosphine Oxides: Safe, Stoichiometric, Solid, and Soluble Oxidizing Agents|
|Marcetta Darensbourg||Towards Development of Earth Abundant Metal Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Production|
|Kim Dunbar||Multimetallic Systems for the Photocatalytic Production of Fuels from Abundant Sources|
|Lei Fang||Synthesis and Investigation of Organic Ladder Polymers for Sustainable Energy Harvesting and Storage|
|John Gladysz||Selective Monochlorination of Methane for Methyl Chloride|
|Jaime Grunlan||Environmentally-Benign Flame Retardant Treatments For Plastics Prepared with Renewable Chemistries|
|Melissa Grunlan||Environmentally-Friendly Coatings to Reduce Marine Biofouling|
|Quentin Michaudel||Sugar-Derived Oxazolines as Monomers for Biorenewable and Biodegradable Plastics|
|Michael Nippe||New Ligand Scaffolds For Energy Relevant Molecular Catalysis|
|Oleg Ozerov||Transition Metal-Catalyzed Borylation Reactions and Studies Of Mechanism|
|Emily Pentzer||Capsules of ionic liquids for difficult separations|
|David Powers||Aerobically Generated Hypervalent Iodine Compounds as a Platform for Sustainable Oxidation Chemistry|
|Jonathan Sczepanski||Development and Applications of Functional Mirror Image Oligonucleotides|
|Matthew Sheldon||Luminescent Behavior of All-Inorganic Perovskite Colloidal Nanocrystals|
|Dong Hee Son||Photophysical properties of magnetically doped cesium lead halide perovskite quantum dots|
|Daniel Tabor||Computational Construction of Modular Materials for Energy Storage|
|Coran Watanabe||Biosynthesis of the Anti-Tumor Agent Azinomycin B|
|Karen Wooley||Synthesis of Natural Product-Derived Polymers and Transformation to Magnetically-Active Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Nanosystems|
|Xin Yan||Mechanistic Study of Organic and Biological Reactions Using Mass Spectrometry|
|Hong-cai "Joe" Zhou||Green Chemistry Initiatives for Improving the Synthetic Methodologies of Metal-Organic Frameworks|
Every week, REU participants meet over lunch to discuss several issues relevant to communicating science. Typical discussion topics include Communicating Science with the Public, Library Use: Database Searching & e-Journals, Chemical Demonstrations for Outreach, Scientific Authoring and Publishing, Ethics, Presentations for a Scientific Audience, Video Design and Production, Interacting with the Press, Social Media for Scientists, and Applying to Graduate School.
Every week, faculty, government, and industry experts will present on a topic essential to sustainable chemistry, using current examples from research and industrial practice. Example topics include Green Chemistry Metrics, Renewable Energy, and Green Design.
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.
Tours are offered for many different research facilities across campus. In the past tours have been offered of:
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.
REU students will create 3-4 minute videos on sustainable chemistry topics, splicing together animated clips, interviews, on-location recordings, and demonstrations. Students will use the recently established video production studio in the College of Science created specifically for the purposes of digital science communication. They will undertake this using a College of Science video production studio, with guidance from a video coordinator, as well as advice from local TV news producers.
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.