Summer Undergraduate Research in Theoretical Chemistry at Duke


Rising senior undergraduate students studying in the United States, Canada or Mexico who are interested in pursuing research in theoretical and computational chemistry are invited to apply to participate in a seven-week (June 10, 2019 - July 26, 2019) research program at Duke University.  Program participants from outside of Duke will receive a stipend of $5000, housing for the seven-week period, and a travel allowance.  We also expect to have some support available for Duke undergraduates who are rising seniors.  This research program is supported by the Duke Department of Chemistry, Duke Energy Initiative, and the National Science Foundation.

Participants will conduct a mentored research project in a group supervised by a faculty member listed below.  Research themes include electronic structure theory, quantum dynamics, polymer theory, theoretical biophysics, statistical mechanics, drug discovery, energy science, and biochemistry.  In addition to the research experience, we will offer tutorials that teach some of the concepts and skills necessary to suceed in graduate theoretical chemistry, and the faculty will also describe some of the research challenges that are being pursued at Duke at the frontiers of the theoretical molecular sciences.  Students will present their research results in a mini-symposium at the end of the program.

Participating Faculty

Hashim Al-Hashimi - Biochemistry and Chemistry

David Beratan - Chemistry, Physics and Biochemistry

Volker Blum - Materials Science and Chemistry

Patrick Charbonneau - Chemistry and Physics

Stephen Craig - Chemistry 

Bruce Donald - Computer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Electrical & Computer Engineering

Jianfeng Lu - Mathematics and Chemistry

Michael Rubinstein - Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science

Warren Warren - Physics, Chemistry, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering

Weitao Yang - Chemistry and Physics

Interested applicants should send a resumetranscript (unofficial is fine), statement of purpose (300 word maximum, including your top three choices for research mentor), and names of two  references as a single PDF file to Mr. Michael Conti (email:  Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of recommendation from their references sent directly to Mr. Conti.  The application deadline is February 1, 2019.  Letters of recommendation should be solicited from instructors or advisors to the student who is applying for the fellowship.

Duke is committed to providing research opportunities without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.  Underrepresented minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.