Chemistry Major: Research Programs
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Chemistry students looking for summer research opportunities have both on-campus and off-campus options.
On-campus programs, such as the TruScholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program and Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research (GIASR) are coordinated through Trumans’ Office of Student Research (OSR), see more details on these programs and other aspects of the OSR on the OSR Website.
Office of Student Research TruScholars Stipends (full time 8-week summer session)
- Stipend: $3000
- Application guidelines available at: http://osr.truman.edu
- Application deadline: usually early February
- Research Projects with: any willing chemistry faculty member
Note: You have to write a short proposal and you should coordinate this with a faculty member.
- Approximate # of awards: 15-25 per year
Greg A. Gerhardt Summer Science Research Fellowship Program (full time 8-week summer session)
- Stipend: $3000
- Application guidelines:
This program was established by Dr. Greg Gerhardt (Chemistry, ’79) to perpetuate a tradition of engaged student/faculty undergraduate research at Truman State University. Dr. Gerhardt, one of the nation’s foremost researchers on Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders, established the research program in appreciation of the preparation he received at Truman. He is currently Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Director of the Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Accepted Truman students who will be rising juniors or seniors will be matched up with an appropriate mentor. In addition to extensive hands-on research, students will also participate in workshops that will improve their overall understanding of what it means to be a research scientist. Student participants will receive a stipend of $3000 for the 10-week program (Tuesday, 28 May 13 – Friday, 2 August 13).Completed application materials include the following:
1. Cover sheet with name, email address, major, anticipated year graduation.
2. Statement of research experience and instrument skills; relevant coursework in their undergraduate major in chemistry or biology.
3. A statement of how this program will help the student grow intellectually and general research area desired.
4. Transcript (unofficial Banner will suffice).
5. Letters of recommendation from 2 Truman science faculty. Four copies of the application materials should be submitted by 1 March 13 (Friday), in a large (9” x 12”) envelope to Dr. Russell Baughman (Magruder Hall 3124) or placed in his mailbox. Label the envelope with the heading: Gerhardt Summer Science Research Fellowship Program. Each copy should be paper clipped together in the order listed above. Faculty letters must be submitted separately and directly to Dr. Baughman by Friday,1 March 13. Only completed applications will be considered. Application deadline: March 1
Research Projects with: research mentors will be paired with awardees
- NSF Chemistry-REU Program
Through the REU, the national science foundation supports research at institutions across the country. Read the “For Students” section at this site to begin to search for a good fit for you.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology-National Science Foundation
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program- Opportunities in any areas of the physical sciences, including chemistry. A chance to spend a summer in DC.
- CIRRUS (Chemistry Internet Resource for Research by Undergraduate Students)Click on the “Summer Programs” link to access their database.
- University of California, Irvine
Scroll to the bottom of the page to do a keyword search on their database.
Specific Recurring Programs
- Summer Industrial Internships for Undergraduates
Exceptional sophomores and juniors majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering are encouraged to apply for a prestigious 10-week internship through the SCI Scholars Program. Over 30 scholars will be chosen for summer 2014. SCI Scholars will receive $6,000-$10,000 for a 10-week internship, a certificate, and an additional $1,000, which can be used for any purpose, such as participation at an ACS meeting. Applications are due December 14, 2013. Interested students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 should visit www.acs.org/sci to apply.
- Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service)
Offers opportunities for US and Canadian undergraduates to spend a summer in Germany through their RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) program. Contact Dr. McCormick for details. Application deadline is typically in late January.
- UROP at RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
Undergraduate students from US and Canadian universities, who are interested in conducting their own research project at RWTH Aachen University next summer, are invited to register. Application deadline is typically in late January.
- ACS Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools (San Jose State University, San Jose, CA and Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, Long Island, NY)
Learn the fundamentals of nuclear science, radiochemistry, and their applications in related fields. Fellowships include a stipend, all tuition and fees, transportation to and from the Summer School, housing, books, and laboratory supplies. Application deadline is typically in early February.
- US Department of Energy DOE Scholars Internship Program
Benefits to student interns include: Ten-week appointments at DOE offices, laboratories, or facilities with weekly stipends for undergraduates. Round-trip travel from home or institution to the appointment site. Opportunities to apply academic studies to DOE programs in science, engineering, safety, finance, project management, policy, planning, and other professional areas. The deadline for internship application is typically in late January.