Research & Employment Opportunities in Chemistry

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Summer Science Undergraduate Research Fellows Program at Amherst

Amherst College Summer Science Research Fellowship Program Amherst College Summer Research Fellowships in the Sciences - June 3rd through August 9th; Apply by Feb. 17, 2019.

Are you a first- or second-year student considering a career in science or as a medical professional? A SURF  research experience may help you determine if this career path is right for you by providing you with valuable research skills, experience using state-of the art instrumentation and research techniques, and connections to a vibrant community of research scientists. Find out more about faculty research areas and Amherst's SURF program.

External Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

The Fred Hutch site (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) offers a pdf list of biomedical research internships offered nationwide.  This site features approximately 260 biomedical research internships... for high school, under-graduate,  post-baccalaureate, graduate, and first-year medical students. 


Frequently the Chemistry Department receives notices of summer research programs for undergraduates; see these opportunites below.

ACS Scholars Program Award:  Submit Your Application for the ACS Scholars Program.  The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines (chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, and materials science,) and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields.  Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000* per academic year. To date, over 3,000 students have received a funding from the ACS Scholars Program.   *Number of awards and award amounts are determined by school year, demonstrated financial need, and available funding.   The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. 

West Virginia University The 2019 NSF-funded REU Site: Research in Chemistry at West Virginia University (May 19-July 26, 2019) is now accepting applications from undergraduates who 1) are majoring in chemistry or biochemistry (pre-majors also considered), 2) are citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories, and 3) are interested in a research and training experience akin to that of a graduate student. Students from groups underrepresented within their disciplines (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities), veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, first generation students and students from socioeconomically depressed regions (e.g., Appalachia) are especially encouraged to apply. RISING SOPHOMORES are encouraged to apply! Selected participants spend 10-weeks researching on projects that address fundamental questions related to the chemistry of health and catalysis in chemistry. Projects focus on the potential of research to benefit society both directly and indirectly in the fields of health care, forensics/criminology, energy, sustainability, and transportation. Participant benefits include $5,000 stipend, lodging, meal expenses, and travel reimbursement to/from the Site. Regular review of completed applications will begin on March 1, 2019. Prior to March 1, completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and offers made. For more information and link to the online application, visit the Chemistry REU website Questions? Contact the

2019 REU-Raptor Research Site at Boise State University - Program: We are currently seeking applications to our NSF-sponsored REU-Raptor Research Site for Summer 2019. REU-Raptor Research partners the Raptor Research Center at Boise State University, The Peregrine Fund, Inc., Intermountain Bird Observatory, College of Western Idaho, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area to facilitate field and laboratory research opportunities for undergraduates. Participants spend 10 weeks in Idaho focused on individual research projects under the guidance of research mentors from academia, government, and NGOs and participate in a core professional development program that includes focus on responsible conduct of research, science communication, and preparation for graduate school. The summer research experience culminates with a statewide interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference (ICUR) and opportunities for national conference travel.  In addition to the mentored research experience, participants receive (1) a $5250 stipend, (2) free housing in a residence hall, (3) round-trip travel assistance, and (4) some compensation for food.  Eligibility: Undergraduate student participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will not graduate until at least December 2019.  We are especially interested in receiving applications from groups underrepresented in science (i.e., women and racial minorities), first generation college students or those with disabilities, veterans of military service, and students from institutions where research opportunities in STEM are limited.  Deadlines:18 February 2019: applications due.  Summer 2019 Program Dates:  22 May - 31 July, 2019.   For more information about research projects, research mentors, and FAQs as well as to apply for participation, please see the project web site

Summer Research at CalTech -  Interested students can join us for the following webinars to learn more:

  • WAVE Fellows Program Webinar, November 28, 11:00 am PST (click on link at bottom of this page.)
  • Amgen Scholars Program Webinar, November 29, 11:00 am PST (click on link at bottom of this page.) 

WAVE Fellows Program.  The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech.   The program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.   Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or have DACA status. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.   Competitive applicants will have prior research experience and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas.  Support: WAVE Fellows will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program and an additional $500 housing/travel supplement.   Application: Online applications are due January 12, 2019.   For more information, visit

AMGEN Scholars Program.  Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, medical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.   Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US at time of application, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.   Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $6000 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.   Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2019.   For more information, please visit

The University of North Texas, Department of Chemistry - Summer 2019 NSF-REU Program.  A 10-week program from June 2 - August 9.  Please visit for additional information on this program, and please visit here for the on-line application form.  Applications for the program are due by February 15, 2019 and should be submitted online. 

Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - Summer 2018 Reserach Experience for Undergraduates in Nanoscience and Engineering.  Program dates:  May 26, 2019 - August 2, 2019.  Application deadline:  February 15, 2019.  For more details please visit:

SUNY Upstate Medical University - The State University of New York Upstate Medical University in collaboration with SUNY ESF is offering fellowships for its 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The programs run from Monday, June 3, 2019, through Friday, August 9, 2019.  Each fellow will be provided a $3,500 stipend for the period plus housing.  Deadline for Applications:  February 4, 2019. 

University of Pittsburgh - 2019 ASPET Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program.  The Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at the University of Pittsburgh invites your application to our Summer Undergraduate Research Program.  Research Fellows will perform guided, independent research, attend seminars, and present their data at a scientific forum.  This program is an excellent opportunity for talented undergraduates considering a career in biomedical research.  The ten week program (May 20 - July 26, 2019) offers a competitive stipend of $3,500.  Additional funding for housing and travel may also be available.  To apply, please visit their web site.  Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis and competitive applicants are encouraged to apply early.  The application site opens November 1, 2018 and applications will be reviewed that are completed prior to March 1, 2019.