National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Multidisciplinary Chemistry Research: Empowering Scientists to Improve Society

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a ten-week educational summer research program that will engage students in collaborative, interdisciplinary research alongside USD faculty in Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Environmental & Ocean Sciences, and Physics & Biophysics. The program runs from June 6 - August 12, 2022.

 As a USD NSF-REU Fellow, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Make meaningful contributions to the study of climate change, renewable energy, clean water, and health.
  • Consider the societal implications of scientific research as it relates to environmental justice, equity, and access to emerging technologies.
  • Participate in discussions with mentors, peers, and invited speakers to explore issues of inclusion and racism in the scientific community and in society.
  • Participate in a variety of professional development and community building/networking activities.

As a USD NSF-REU Fellow, you will receive:

  • Stipend of $6,000
  • Free USD summer housing
  • Funding to attend and present your research at a national American Chemical Society meeting
  • Mentoring and guidance by faculty and peers as you navigate your successful future in science

Why USD?

USD science faculty are dedicated teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate research students year-round. All REU research mentors are experienced at supporting and mentoring a diverse group of research students. Collectively, the research mentors have mentored hundreds of undergraduate research students, and many have been recognized and sought out for their commitment to undergraduate research. The Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology at USD is a state-of-the-art science facility boasting over $3 million in equipment and instrumentation.

Interested in the program? Feel free to email us with any questions you have or simply say 'I'd like more information please':

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Dr. Tammy Dwyer  



Dr. Elisa Maldonado Greene




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