NSF-REU | Department of Chemistry


This program offers interdisciplinary research experiences at the forefront of the chemical sciences. Although our faculty research groups are grounded in "traditional" areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical), most of their research projects cross boundaries between these areas. A unique aspect of our REU program is that all projects will involve collaboration between two or more research groups, including both experimental and computational researchers, drawing on UNT's world-class resources in both instrumentation and high-performance computing. Possible research areas include:

Light-Harvesting Organic/Metal-Organic Materials * Computational Catalyst Design Transition Metal Catalysis for Organic Synthesis * Electrochemical Characterization of Semiconductor Materials * Porous Materials for Environmental Remediation * Gas-Sensing Materials * New Materials from Soft-Landing Mass Spectrometry * Pharmacological Modeling of Illicit Substances * Organometallic Precursors for Electronic Materials * Computational Biochemistry * Corrosion-Protective Materials

In addition to a meaningful research experience, this program includes a career program involving career-active researchers at major international chemical companies, tours of local companies to see how chemistry plays a role, "hands-on" learning experiences and training in scientific communication (written and verbal), "Research Boot Camps" providing intensive training in computational and experimental research methods, and a scientific ethics component.

We strive to provide an immersive research experience combined with valuable career training.

Early application is encouraged, as we anticipate heavy interest in this unique program.


Students who will not have earned their Bachelor's degree prior to the program end date are eligible to apply. Applicants should not be current students at the University of North Texas. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Per National Science Foundation requirements, all student participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

Stipend, Housing, and Travel

Participants will receive a stipend of $5,000 for the 10-week program. Double-occupancy accommodations at a UNT residence hall will also be provided by the program in addition to the $5,000 stipend. An optional meal plan will be made available at a modest cost to the student. A travel allowance to/from the REU site is also available.

Faculty mentors may encourage their REU students to present their summer research results at a regional or national chemistry conference. Upon request by the faculty mentor, up to $1,000 in travel funds is available to each REU participant who presents their summer research conducted in this program at a regional or national scientific conference, such as an American Chemical Society National Meeting.

Research Areas

Students are encouraged to investigate the faculty web pages at http://chemistry.unt.edu/people/faculty for more information about faculty research interests.

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is a doctoral-granting program, with approximately 100 students in the graduate program. The department also has a particularly strong record of meaningful undergraduate research involvement, with UNT undergraduates actively involved in nearly all research groups. A large percentage of these undergraduates have published their research in major scientific journals and/or have presented their research results at national and/or regional scientific meetings. Thus, REU participants will find the department very welcoming, providing meaningful research experiences and close interaction with faculty mentors.

Further information about the department can be found at http://chemistry.unt.edu.

Program Contact Information

Shawn Adams, REU Program Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle, #305070
Denton, Texas 76203-5017
(940) 565-4372 or
contact us at: chem-reu@unt.edu

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