The Chemistry Department's REU summer research program focuses on broad and interdisciplinary projects related to the topic of Reimagining the Chemical Heartland: Chemistry for a Changing Gulf Coast. In our program, students become full members of a research group, carrying out fundamental and applied research on topics that span the chemical sciences related to the theme. Students will also participate in various chemistry workshops and professional development sessions.
Application Window: December 19, 2022 (or Jan 2, 2023) - February 28, 2023
Program Dates: May 30 - August 4, 2023 (pending funding approval)
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. Extensive research experience will be complemented with weekly professional development and technical workshops and seminars that aim to build students' communication skills across different formats, expose them to relevant topics such as team science and ethics, provide exposure to career choices, and help students prepare for and succeed in graduate studies in STEM fields. Various social activities will provide interaction with their peers across undergraduate research programs on campus and mentors within the university and the greater scientific and industrial community in the area.
Students receive (pending support approval):
This is a competitive program open to undergraduates majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science and related fields who have completed at least one year of college, including at least 2 semesters of college chemistry with laboratories. We welcome students from 4-year universities (other than Texas A&M) and community colleges; and encourage 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.
Apply online at Texas A&M 2023 REU Application.
Application Window: December 19, 2022 (or Jan 2, 2023)- February 28, 2023
Questions may be directed to Miranda Easley at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (pending)
|Faculty Member||Project Title|
|Lane Baker||Synthesis and Characterization of Individual Nanocrystal Catalysts|
|Sarbajit Banerjee||Atomic Resolution Mapping of Diffusion Pathways in Intercalation Hosts|
|David Barondeau||Iron-sulfur Cluster-mediated Transformations for Sustainable Chemistry and Energy Production|
|Janet Bluemel||Immobilizing Hygroscopic Substances on Porous and Filter Materials for Harvesting Water from Humid Air|
|Kevin Burgess||Syntheses of Biomimetics|
|Marcetta Darensbourg||Hidden Electrons: Synthetic Chemistry of Coordination Complexes Uncovers Sites for Electron Storage and Release|
|Lei Fang||Incorporating Ladder Constitution into Conductive Polymers|
|Alison Fout||Iron and Cobalt Hyperpolarization Catalysts for Imaging Cancer|
|John Gladysz||Gyroscope Like Metal Complexes|
|Jaime Grunlan||Polyelectrolyte-based Surface Treatment for Environmentally-benign Fire Protection of Wood and Textiles|
|Melissa Grunlan||Shape Memory Polymer Scaffolds to Heal Bone Defects|
|Osvaldo Gutierrez||Accelerating Sustainable Chemical Synthesis Through High Level Quantum Mechanical Calculations|
|Wenshe Liu||Novel Chemical Biology Platforms for Drug Discovery|
|Quentin Michaudel||Modern Organic Chemistry for the Synthesis of Sustainable Plastics|
|Oleg Ozerov||Ligand Design for Sustainable Catalysis|
|Emily Pentzer||Dictating Emulsion Stability by Modification of Particle Surfactants|
|David Powers||Tools for Sustainable Upgrading of Light Hydrocarbons in the Gulf|
|Jonathan Sczepanski||Development of Insulin-Binding Aptamer-based Biosensors for Continuous Insulin Monitoring|
|Matthew Sheldon||Nanomaterials for Thermophotonics: Optical Cooling with All-Inorganic Perovskite Nanocrystals|
|Daniel Tabor||Computational Design of High-Performance Energy Storage Materials|
|Coran Watanabe||Sustainable Chemistry: Harnessing the Biosynthesis of the Azinomycins|
|Karen Wooley||Development of Synthetic Methods for the Transformation of Insect-harvested Natural Products into Sustainable, Degradable, Next-Generation Plastics|
|Xin Yan||Sustainable Chemistry Enabled by Microdroplets|
|Hong-cai "Joe" Zhou||Amino-acid-derived Framework Materials for Efficient Drug Separation|
Every week, the REU cohort will meet in an informal setting taking part in seminars led by department faculty members, alumni, and industrial experts. The centrality of chemistry in solving the most pressing issues affecting the "chemical heartland" – the large area of the Gulf Coast across TX and LA that houses much of the US chemical industry will be presented. Such topics can be on impacts of climate change, plastics industry and expenditure of water and energy resources. Faculty will present fundamental principles using examples from ongoing research efforts in the department and in industrial practice. Leading industry researchers (e.g. Dow, BASF, Exxon) will present Chemistry as a vibrant and interdisciplinary science that is also at the heart of modern industries, as well as their professional journey into their particular expertise. The seminars are meant to be active learning workshops incorporating hands-on activities.
Additional seminars offered every other week will focus on scientific writing, ethics, publication, and communication. Science writing is an important skill that is sometimes overlooked in undergraduate curriculum, but is very useful beyond undergraduate studies. As part of this series, students will learn how to write an abstract and written reports of their research work, which will serve as a foundation for peer-reviewed publications. Other important and valuable sessions in this series will include discussions in Ethics in Research and a fun and interactive session on Chemical Demonstrations.
At the end of the REU program, the Chemistry REU students will have the opportunity to present their summer results to the whole department via a 15-minute oral presentation. REU students will work very closely with their graduate student mentor, faculty mentor and research group to prepare for this activity
Tours are offered for many different research facilities across campus. In the past tours have been offered of:
The TAMU LAUNCH office organizes a university-wide poster session to showcase the summer research, scholarly and creative activities done by undergraduate students from institutions worldwide, which is open to the public. This gives each student the opportunity to present the results of their REU project to the broader campus community. The posters are brought back by students to their home institutions for display.
The Chemistry department will offer one-day short courses on:
Throughout the 10-week REU program, the REU participants are exposed to social activities fostering student-faculty interactions and student-student communication and camaraderie, within the department and throughout the greater TAMU community. Some of these activities include welcome orientations and a departmental ice cream social, chemical safety trainings from graduate students and faculty mentors, several industrial lab tours within the local area, department social activities like Trivia night, First Friday in Bryan, bowling and specific research group outdoor activities like hiking and lake day.