Undergraduate Opportunities

This is an exciting time to explore careers in chemistry! The following opportunities are available for our undergraduates.

This page is constantly being updated. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) funds faculty-mentored research experiences for BU undergraduates in every discipline through a variety of awards. Our Summer 2019 application deadline is March 7 by noon. 

Any questions can be forwarded to: urop@bu.edu

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Vertex Summer Internships in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry (2019)

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is recruiting interns. We have several projects planned in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry and/or medicinal chemistry. We are looking for Chemistry or Biochemistry sophomores, juniors or seniors with lab experience and an interest in the pharmaceutical industry, though we would consider any strong, motivated candidate. Vertex is situated in an attractive facility on the Boston waterfront, an exciting location to spend the summer. Any student interested in this opportunity can send their resume (pdf format) to: Michael_Boyd@vrtx.com


– Only Chemistry or Biochemistry students will be considered.

– Students must be enrolled in an academic program in the fall of 2019 to qualify (anyacademic program is acceptable).

– Organic lab experience is strongly recommended.

– Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



Vanderbilt University NSF REU- Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Vanderbilt University is now accepting applications for the summer 2019 NSF REU program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. The application deadline is February 15th.  The Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participant will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community.

The VINSE REU has a record of success, 70% of former VINSE NSF REU students attend graduate school and have received several awards and honors including:

  • 13 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (another 7 received honorable mentions)
  • 6 Goldwater Fellowships
  • 1 Gates Cambridge Fellowship
  • 1 NASA Graduate Fellowship
  • 3 NIH Awards: 1 Graduate Fellowship, 1 Postbac ITRA, 1 Oxford-Cambridge Scholar
  • >40% of former REU students have (or are expected to) co-author a journal publication
  • More than half of our former REU students have given a presentation outside the REU program including 21 at National Conferences funded by the REU site


  • Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Seminars, workshops, and field trips
  • Group social activities and banquet
  • Optional outreach opportunities to high school students


  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply


  • $5,000 stipend
  • $500 travel allowance
  • Room and board

We would like to make this opportunity available to your students at all stages of the undergraduate careers and from all institutions including community colleges. We would appreciate if you would forward them this information.  Please visit: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/vinse/reu/ for more information or to apply.

Paid Summer Internship-Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER)

Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), is hiring paid summer interns to help on research projects in our Lexington, MA office. Specifically, I’m looking for an intern interested in working on one of our air quality or atmospheric chemistry projects.

If you know any bright undergraduate or graduate students who might be interested, please forward them the link below. Thanks for your help!
Job Description: AER is hiring for a 10- to 12-week summer internship as a Research Assistant at our Lexington, MA office.  The Research Assistant will work on a research project in atmospheric chemistry, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, or remote sensing in our Research and Development Division.  The Research Assistant will perform data analysis and scientific computer modeling tasks as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team, leveraging their existing technical and scientific skills to provide a new perspective on the project and thereby helping to inspire creativity across the organization.  The position requires imaginative, dependable individuals who can work well as part of a team and who carefully scrutinize their technical work to ensure high-quality results.


2019 Ole Miss Chemistry Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Program: The Ole Miss Chemistry Department seeks applicants for an NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2019. Students who have completed their freshman year of college and who have not yet graduated can participate fully in “Ole Miss Physical Chemistry Summer Research Program” activities and work on a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Student participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a housing and meal plan for ten weeks, and travel assistance. 

 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: 
02/25/2019: applications due 
05/30/2019: experience begins
08/8/2019: experience ends

For more information, including a printable flyer, research projects and how to apply, see http://reu.chem.olemiss.edu or contact program director Dr. Nathan I. Hammer at nhammer@olemiss.edu. 

The Ole Miss PCHEM Summer Research Program REU is supported by The National Science Foundation (CHE-1156713, CHE-1460568, CHE-1757888).

MIT Research Laboratory and Materials Research Science and Engineering Center NSF REU

The MIT Materials Research Laboratory and the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center sponsor a summer research internship program for rising junior and senior undergraduates in the science and engineering fields. We would be grateful if you would bring it to the attention of your students by posting or forwarding the attached flyer where your students will see it, or pass it on to an appropriate department for posting.  
This challenging program brings promising students to MIT to learn and perform research in laboratories in a broad selection of materials science subfields. In addition to providing a stipend and round-trip travel expenses, we host presentations and group discussions on topics relevant to materials scientists, such as graduate school, careers in materials science, creating effective poster presentations, and management of intellectual property. At the conclusion of the program, the students present their individual research results at a poster session. The summer research internship, offered each year since 1983, affords students an invaluable experience in top-notch cutting edge research.
The summer scholars program is funded by the National Science Foundation REU program (grant number DMR-1419807). MIT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

2019 Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Intern Program

2019 Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Intern Program

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group.  MCI is the center for specialized technical collections research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums, collections, and research centers.  MCI combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research and characterization of objects.
Internships are intended mainly for summer 2019, but consideration will be given to projects at other times of the year.  Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to:  museum studies, conservation studies, art history, anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, ecology, earth sciences, chemical engineering, and materials science engineering.  Basic courses in chemistry and math are preferred; lab experience is not required.  A stipend will be offered for a period of 10 weeks.
Applicants should contact potential advisors in advance of application and should specify preferred advisors in their application. Applications must be made on line at https://solaa.si.edu  – apply for the Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Intern Program.  Those interested in working under the supervision of conservators at MCI may apply separately through SOLAA for a different MCI internship:  Museum Conservation Internship Program.  Application deadline is February 25, 2019.  Selected candidates will be interviewed by telephone, although MCI visits are welcome.  Projects will be supervised by one of the following staff members:

A. Elena Charola, Research Scientist, 301-238-1213, charolaa@si.edu<mailto:charolaa@si.edu>
Deterioration and conservation of stone and other inorganic materials.

Timothy Cleland, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1208, clelandtp@si.edu<mailto:clelandtp@si.edu>
Characterization and quantification of proteinaceous material in bone, tissue, and other museum collections.

Christine France, Research Physical Scientist, 301-238-1261, francec@si.edu<mailto:francec@si.edu> Analyses of human and animal remains using stable isotope mass spectrometry.

Gwénaëlle Kavich, Conservation Scientist, 301-238-1265, kavichgm@si.edu<mailto:kavichgm@si.edu> Analyses of organic and inorganic materials in cultural heritage using py-GC-MS, FTIR, Raman, and XRF.

Thomas Lam, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1232, lamt@si.edu<mailto:lamt@si.edu>
Materials characterization of cultural heritage using SEM, cathodoluminescence, XRF, and microfadometry.

Nicole Little, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1243, littlen@si.edu<mailto:littlen@si.edu>
Provenance studies of museum objects and analysis of biologic remains using ICP-MS, XRD, and SEM.

Asher Newsome, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1223, newsomeg@si.edu<mailto:newsomeg@si.edu> Biomolecular and ambient mass spectrometry of surfaces, coatings, residues, ink, paint, metabolites, and chemical adulterants.

Caroline Solazzo, 301-238-1284, solazzoc@si.edu<mailto:solazzoc@si.edu>
Proteomics applications to cultural heritage; characterization and species identification of keratin-based tissues and artefacts; degradation of ancient proteins.

Keats Webb, Digital Imaging Specialist, 301-238-1212, webbekeats@si.edu<mailto:webbekeats@si.edu>
Advanced imaging of museum objects using 2D- and 3D-imaging techniques as well as optical imaging beyond the range of human vision.

Edward Vicenzi, Research Scientist, 301-238-1215, vicenzie@si.edu<mailto:vicenzie@si.edu>
Determining the origin and history of natural and manufactured materials via spectroscopic imaging in the SEM, including micro XRF imaging and spectrometry.

Bristol-Meyers Squibb Internship-Sophomores and Juniors

Bristol-Myers Squibb has an exciting internship opportunity next summer at the Cambridge, MA facility.  We are looking for sophomore/junior chemistry majors who have taken at least two semesters of organic chemistry and laboratory courses.  Undergraduate research experience is preferred.  Interns will join the Discovery (medicinal) Chemistry team and have the opportunity to advance new chemical methodology that could have broad application to the process of drug discovery.  Please direct interested candidates here for more information.

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Maryland Sea Grant Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program-Auburn University

Overview: We are excited to invite applications from undergraduate students to participate in a NSF supported summer REU program focused on the ecology of southeastern ponds, rivers, reservoirs and estuaries. Ten undergraduate students will work closely with a team of Auburn University faculty to explore aquatic ecosystems, complete a student-driven research project, participate in a variety of professional development and social activities, develop and lead an outreach project, and share their research findings in a symposium at the conclusion of the program. Participants will work closely with our mentors to develop an interdisciplinary project involving complementary fields, such as community ecology, limnology evolution, fisheries management, molecular biology, conservation, biogeochemistry, biodiversity and microbiology. The program will run from May 19 to July 28, 2019 (10 weeks).

Eligibility: All applicants who are interested in receiving NSF support must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior or senior graduating no earlier than September 2019 or a high school senior that will start their undergraduate education the following all semester after the REU program. We are especially encouraging students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) or students in financial need to apply. The online application is available at http://wilsonlab.com/reu/application.html.

Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($5,500) plus housing and subsistence, financial assistance for travel to and from Auburn, and support for lab and field supplies. For full consideration, on-line applications must be received by February 1, 2019. 

International Students: Although not financially supported by our REU Site, we are also open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in our REU site research and professional development activities.

Contact Information: For more information about the REU site, visit http://wilsonlab.com/reu/ or contact Dr. Alan Wilson

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program-Northwestern University

Overview: The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. Students are matched with leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanoncomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials. While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience. The program is from June 17-August 16.

Eligibility: All applicants who are interested in receiving NSF support must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior or senior graduating no earlier than September 2019 or a high school senior that will start their undergraduate education the following all semester after the REU program. We are especially encouraging students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) or students in financial need to apply.

Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($4,500) plus on-campus housing and financial assistance for travel to and from Northwestern University.  Also, please visit their websiteFor full consideration, applications must be received by February 15, 2019. 

Contact Information: mrc-reu@northwestern.edu

University of Nebraska Summer Research Program

Our 10-week residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a Research1 university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more.
Summer 2019 research programs include:
Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Friday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Friday, March 1. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

Environment Massachusetts Fellow

The statewide environmental advocacy organization is hiring graduating seniors and alumni for fellowship positions and affiliates in other states. Our fellows play leading roles in campaigns to protect and ensure a safe climate for future generations. We also have internship opportunities available for current students.

Learn more and apply at:jobs.EnvironmentAmerica.org/fellowship.html

Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Graduate Program at John Hopkins University

The CBI Program provides students with research and academic training that enables them to carry out interdisciplinary research as independent scientists. Students completing the program recieve a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology.

The CBI Program brings together 28 faculty from the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Public Health and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and provides a diverse selection of research projects for students. In order to assist them in choosing a research advisor, first year graduate students are supported by a NIH Chemical Biology Training Grant. During this time the CBI students participate in three 10-week research rotations that enable them to broaden their research skills and make informed choices of research advisors.

Since its establishment in 2005, the CBI Program has received an enthusiastic response, and we have attracted an excellent group of students. Our program has grown to over 35 Ph.D. students. To date, ~10% of the students in our program are from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in Chemistry and Biology, and we are very interested in increasing the number of students from these backgrounds. Hopkins is a very supportive institution, and Baltimore is a multi-cultural city. The University has a number of mechanisms to assist minority graduate students, including the Mentoring to Increase Diversity in Science (MInDS) organization. Please browse our website, which goes into more detail about the many facets of our program.


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