Application for Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

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The Department of Chemistry is now accepting Summer 2018 applications for the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Program: The University of Illinois Chemistry Department seeks applicants for a 3M-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2018. Participants will work on a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. The program will also offer multiple seminars, workshops, and social events. For the 10-week program, student participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing, and travel reimbursement up to $800.

 Undergraduate student participants must have completed their freshmen year of college but not yet graduated, and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Underrepresented groups in science are strongly encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, and first-generation college students. 

Key Dates and Deadlines:

Feb. 16, 2018: application deadline

March 2018: offers made

May 29, 2018: experience begins

Aug 3, 2018: experience ends


Basic Summer 2018 Application Instructions:

Undergraduates planning to obtain Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees in chemistry or related fields between January 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 are encouraged to apply to participate in summer research in the Department of Chemistry. Opportunities are available in all areas of chemistry: analytical, chemical biology, inorganic, materials, organic, physical, and theoretical. Applications completed (including letters of recommendation) by the deadline, Feb. 16, 2018, will be given full consideration. We particularly encourage students who do not have prior research experience or who are members of groups under-represented in the chemical sciences to apply.

After submitting the application form (see link below), expect to receive an automated response within 24 hours requesting additional information. The application form is based on the one used for graduate admissions and therefore, in part, requests additional information not required for REU consideration. Therefore, please follow the modified instructions below:

  • Please DO NOT use the first menu choice “Provide supplemental information (references, etc.)” because we have already obtained this information from the initial hotlinked page.
  • The REU admissions committee knows that this is an application for summer research and not for graduate admissions.
  • After you submit your application, you will receive an email with instructions on how/where to submit your transcript and personal statement. You should receive this email within 24 hours of your application submission. Please check your spam folder if it's been more than 24 hours.
  • TWO letters of reference are required, not three. Please enter contact information for your two references. Requests for these letters will be sent automatically.
  • Your reference writers will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letter. It could take up to 24 hours for them to receive the email. Please ask them to check their spam folder if it's been more than 24 hours. If they receive an error message when uploading the letter, please let them know it must be in .pdf format and saved as .pdf and not .PDF (it makes a difference in our system).
  • The personal statement should explain the reasons for your interest in summer research. The application form has a drop-down list that requires you to select at least one faculty member with whom you’d like to work. Additional drop-downs allow selection of up to two more members (please see the faculty listings in the research areas for information on faculty research). Your personal statement should explain how your interests and those of the faculty you’ve selected relate to each other. Assignments to research groups will depend on mutual interest of students and faculty.
  • You will receive an automated email confirmation when your file is complete. The wording is designed for our regular job applicants, so please disregard any irrelevant phrasing. The automated transmission is a batch process, so it may be as long as 24 hours from the time you complete your file and the last reference letter is received until you get the “file complete” email.
  • No standardized test results are required. A .pdf copy of your transcript is adequate. When asked for your GPA, an estimate as of the end of the prior semester is adequate.


Click here for application form 

For more information or if there are any questions, please contact Staci Ryan (REU Administrator, email: The REU committee consists of: