NSF-REU | Department of Chemistry


This program focuses on chemistry research in all of the "traditional" areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical), and also provides opportunities in many non-traditional areas, including materials chemistry. A unique aspect of our REU program is that many of the projects will involve collaboration between experimental and computational chemists, drawing on UNT's world-class infrastructure and expertise in computational chemistry. Possible research areas include:

Analytical Chemistry * Inorganic Chemistry * Organic Chemistry * Physical Chemistry *Computational Chemistry * Materials Chemistry * Ligand Design * Kinetics * Catalysis * Synthetic Organometallic Chemistry * Non-electrolytic Solutions * Biochemistry * Layered Inorganic Materials * Metal Electrodeposition * Surface Chemistry * Organic Electrochemistry * Diamond-like Carbon Films * Organic Synthesis * Metal/Ceramic Nanocomposites * Optical Sensors * Gas-Phase Chemistry * Conducting Polymers * Fluorescence/Phosphorescence * Spectroscopy * Atmospheric Chemistry * Environmental Chemistry

In addition to a meaningful research experience, this program includes a career program led by former executives of major international chemical companies, tours of local companies to see how chemistry plays a role, "hands-on" learning experiences training in scientific communication (written and verbal), leadership in chemistry seminars by top leaders of the 170,000+ member American Chemical Society, and an ethics in science component.

We plan to provide a strong research experience combined with important career training.

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


Students who will not earn their Bachelor's degree prior to the program end date are eligible to apply. Additionally, students who are not considered current students at the University of North Texas are eligible to apply.

As per NSF 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, $1,000 in travel funds is available to each REU participant who presents summer research conducted in this program at a regional or 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 and heavily 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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