Summer Research Opportunities

Duke Summer Research in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers a limited number of summer undergraduate research fellowships for Duke chemistry majors who intend to pursue Graduation with Distinction. These fellowships allow majors to carry out chemistry research with Duke faculty over a 10-week period between late May and early August, and include a stipend of $4,000. Applicants are expected to have identified a research group in which to work and confirmed a place in that group for the summer.

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Trinity Deans' Summer Research Fellowship

The Undergraduate Research Support Office accepts applications for Trinity Deans' Summer Research Fellowships. The applications deadline is typically in the first week of March. Students whose summer research is part of a Graduation with Distinction project are especially encouraged to apply. The awards provide up to $3000 in support. (Note that non-graduating Pratt students may apply for a Deans' Summer Research Fellowship if they are conducting research on campus with a faculty member in and as part of a second major in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.) Students may use the funds toward room and board if staying in Durham to be engaged in their research or toward travel and lodging costs if their research requires their using archives or other resources away from campus, including locations outside the U.S. Students may not be enrolled in courses during the research period specified in the application nor may they receive compensation during that period. 

Duke University Undergraduate Research Support Office

Information about a number of other relevant summer research fellowships can also be found on the URS Office website

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation, including Chemistry. The NSF Division of Chemistry funds about 20-25 REU sites per year (depending on avialability of funds) as part of the NSF-wide REU activity. Projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.  

Other Opportunities

Other summer opportunities include those at national laboratories, such as the program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Undergraduate Student Research Opportunities) and the SURF (summer undergraduate research fellowship) program at NIST, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, either at Gaithersburg or Boulder.