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 to have confirmed a place in that group for the summer.
Ten theoretical chemists at Duke are launching a summer undergraduate research program for rising seniors, beginning in the summer of 2019. Undergraduate students studying in North America (US, Mexico, and Canada) are invited to apply. The program will run for about seven weeks and will provide a research stipend, housing, and a travel allowance. Students will engage in research, and will also have tutorials on theoretical methods and on research challenges at the frontiers of theoretical chemistry.
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 $2500 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. More information is available here.
Information about a number of other relevant summer research fellowships can also be found on the URS Office website.
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 summer opportunites include those at national laboratories, such as the program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: