Summer Research Opportunities for Visiting Students

Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Diversity in Chemistry:

In 2014, the Department of Chemistry inaugurated its first summer undergraduate research program for students who identify with groups that are underrepresented in chemistry research fields. Designed to encourage a more diverse community of students and researchers pursuing careers in the chemical sciences, this nine-week summer program provides students with the opportunity to work with distinguished Princeton chemistry faculty. Each student pursues a research project in one of the department's sub-disciplines, which include organic, inorganic, materials, chemical biology, spectroscopy/physical chemistry or theoretical chemistry research.

2014 Summer Students

Within the research group, the students are closely mentored and are active participants in laboratory research and weekly group meetings, along with graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Each student carries out a summer research project within the field of his or her mentor and presents the project at the end of the summer as part of the department-wide Summer Undergraduate Poster Session. 

To view past research experiences during our summer program, click here for the Summer 2016 Abstract Book.

Each participating student is awarded a summer research stipend, provided with on-campus housing, and reimbursed for travel expenses within budgetary limits. The summer research program is run by Dr. Susan VanderKam, Manager, Diversity Initiatives and Lecturer, Department of Chemistry. 

For more information, visit the summer undergraduate research program for diversity in chemistry's website.

Apply for the 2017 summer research program here.

End of summer undergraduate research poster session

NSF-funded Summer REU Program:

The Department of Chemistry hosts an NSF-funded REU Training Site in biophysics directed by Professor Jannette Carey and co-directed by Dr. István Pelczer. This Research Experience for Undergraduates opportunity is restricted to non-Princeton undergraduates. REU students selected from schools with little or no research opportunity spend one summer in Princeton conducting research with participating faculty representing a wide range of departments. The common theme is the application of experimental, theoretical, or conceptual tools from the physical or mathematical sciences or from engineering to solve contemporary problems in biology.

Rising sophomores and rising juniors with an interest in biology who are majoring in chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics (not biology) are eligible. REU students who successfully complete a summer's research period in Princeton are eligible to spend a subsequent undergraduate summer at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Nové Hrady, South Bohemia. The program pays REU participants' expenses for both the domestic and international portions of the program: stipend, housing, travel, and, for the Princeton segment, a food allowance.

Learn more at the program's website