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REU: Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Kansas State Department of Chemistry REU Program in Biosecurity and Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at KSU is providing the opportunity for 10 students to perform cutting edge research for 10 weeks during the summer of 2014 (May 26th – August 1st).  This research is funded by the National Science Foundations Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NSF-REU) and the Department of Defenses ASSURE Program.

Students from all across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories [who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents] are eligible to apply.  Applications are especially encouraged from students from institutions that do not have strong research programs and from colleges that traditionally have a large percentage of underrepresented minorities.  Community college students are also highly encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to students that are majoring in chemistry, or a related field, who have had at least one year (preferably two) of chemistry course work.

Program Description

During your stay at Kansas State you will spend 10 weeks doing cutting edge research under the supervision and mentoring by one of the faculty members in the department.  In addition you will learn how to use advanced chemical analysis instrumentation, how to write a short scientific paper, how to present your work at a scientific meeting, learn about the importance of ethics in science and about the nature of scientific inquiry.  In addition there will be time for fun trips, bowling, ice cream and pizza parties with other students interested in science. 

2014 Projects

You can find a list of some of the potential research areas for you to work in here.

Financial Support

As a participating student you will be provided with a stipend of $4700 for the ten-week research experience.  Your accommodations and meals are paid for by the program and travel to/from K-State for up to $750 will also be provided.

To Apply

Your complete application will consist of: 1) the completed online application form, 2) your transcript, and 3) letters of recommendation from 2 individuals.

Applications can be sent by US Mail or electronically. Screening of applications will begin on February 21, 2013 and will continue until the 10 spots have been filled.

Please send your transcripts and letters of recommendation to:

Prof. Dr. Chris T. Culbertson
Prof. Dr. Stefan H. Bossmann

Kansas State University
Department of Chemistry
213 CBC Building
Manhattan KS 66506-0401


The Research Environment The Department of Chemistry at KSU has had a strong record of undergraduate participation in research through the NSF sponsored REU program (53 students over eight years) and through summer exchange programs with the United Kingdom, France, Mexico and Germany (> 28 since 1998, ~ 70 total).  In addition, 79 undergraduate students (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and chemical engineering majors) have enrolled in research in the department since 2004.  In the past decade, the Chemistry Department has produced eight
Goldwater Scholars, one Rhodes Scholar, two Howard Hughes Scholars, three National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship awardees and two Fulbright Student Scholars among our undergraduates.  These international, REU, and KSU students have interacted with each other as well as with our graduate students and postdoctoral research associates to provide a unique learning and teaching environment that enriches many of the faculty’s research programs.