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Program Information

UT Chemistry’s 10-week REU program is funded by NSF and carefully devised as a comprehensive initial research experience to provide participating students with the diverse skills necessary to pursue a career and further education in the field of chemistry.

We offer research spanning the traditional fields of chemistry, and additionally benefit from collaborative efforts that impart a broad range of skills. While the research experience is the primary component, our program will also provide comprehensive training such as interactive ethics course and professional development training exercises including the preparation of personal career documents, interactions with researchers from both industry and nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, interactive panel discussions, and seminar series to prepare you for future endeavors.

Application for 2021 is now open! Click here to APPLY

The Department of Chemistry would like to optimistically plan to hold REU this summer and is now accepting applications, but these plans are tentative and we will make a final decision in the spring.

DEADLINE: February 15th, 2021

Note: Before you get started, you should have the following information and files at hand:

  1. PDF files of:
    1. Official college/university transcripts,
    2. Your c.v. or resume, and
    3. A statement of interests.
  2. Names and email addresses of two or three people who will serve as your references.

For faculty research descriptions, please refer to the faculty and research page.

If you have trouble submitting the form, send your questions and large files to Kayla Benson at Kayla@utk.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the program start? 
Tentative dates for the 2020 program is Wednesday, May 20 until Tuesday, July 28.

Who are eligible to apply?
All students who will still be enrolled as an undergraduate the semester after participation in REU program.

Are international students eligible to apply? 
For 2019 REU program, per requirements of NSF funding, we will only be able to offer positions to U.S. citizens or green card holders.

Will the department provide housing?
Yes, the department will provide dorm housing.

Does the program offer a stipend?
Yes $5,000

Who will I be working with?
Participants can choose faculty members they want to work with and indicate the choices on their REU application.

What other activities are offered during the program? 
A series of seminars by Chem faculty members will also be offered during the program. Other events such as on-site visits and career training are also offered. Click here to check out 2019 REU events calendar.