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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Summer Research Opportunities

The bulk of our research activities take place during the summer months.  Faculty mentors work closely with students on both USD funded projects and externally funded research projects.  This page is designed to be a resource for students seeking summer research opportunities at USD as well as other institutions.

How to obtain a summer research position in USD’s Chemistry and Biochemistry department?

  • Browse the department website and read over the faculty research summaries. 
  • Think about your personal scientific interests.  Are you interested in organic chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, physical chemistry, or computational chemistry?  Try to mesh your interests with that of a particular faculty member.
  • Make an appointment to discuss research opportunities with a faculty member.
  • In collaboration with a faculty mentor, pursue funding opportunities (see below).

Summer Research Opportunities

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE):  A USD program that provides financial resources for students (and faculty) participating in summer research.  For more information see
  • McNair Program:  Research is at the heart of USD McNair Scholars.  Participants are partnered with faculty mentors in their discipline and formulate a research plan. In summer, Scholars receive stipends to support their research projects. USD McNair further supports the publication and presentation of participants' results in journals and professional conferences. Please contact Ms. Diolinda Parsick at
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU Program):  A National Science Foundation (NSF) program that supports undergraduate research at one of several sites scattered throughout the country.  Students travel to these NSF sponsored sites and participate in active research with a faculty mentor.  This is a competitive program but the experience is invaluable. Please visit
  • Caltech's MURF program:  Provides support for talented undergraduates to spend 8-10 weeks during the summer working in a research laboratory on the Caltech campus. The MURF program aims to increase the representation of underrepresented students in science and engineering graduate programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.  Each MURF student will receive a fellowship stipend of $5000 for the ten-week program, $4500 for the nine-week program, or $4000 for the eight-week program.  Participants will also receive housing and travel allowances. Interested students should visit