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Summer Research Opportunities

chem-summer-research-270Information on 2013 summer opportunities will be posted soon. To get an idea of what typically is available, the list from summer 2012 is below. Questions on any information contained here should be directed to one of the faculty members.

Summer Research Opportunities - 2012

  • FURSCA at Albion College - Work with an Albion College Professor for 10 weeks during the summer. Information Session - coming soon, Deadline - coming soon

  • The National Science Foundation has a list of summer REU Programs - make sure to check the dates because some are outdated.

  • Searchable database of summer research and internship opportunities from the American Chemical Society (ACS) at

  • Argonne National Laboratory Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program:

  • Various departments at BASF are looking for assistance during the summer months, and there are multiple positions in a wide variety of business groups available.
    Candidates should apply online at ( to job # 1200108. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 30th. If you have any questions, please contact Sally Almeida ().

  • Summer opportunities at Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Medicine Research and Development. VMRD is placing summer opportunities through the Summer Worker Portal, now available to interested students. In order to be considered for a Summer opportunity with Pfizer Animal Health, VMRD, students must apply through the Summer Student Worker Program Job Portal.
    In order to be eligible, the student must:
    Be legally authorized to work in the US and not require immigration sponsorship
    Be at least 18 years of age prior to the scheduled start date
    Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies
    Have at least a 3.0 GPA
    Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the period of time immediately following the summer program
    The deadline to apply is March 31, 2012. In order to be considered for the Program, all applicants must meet the 2012 eligibility requirements.
    For questions about the links above, please email your inquiry to .

  • Undergraduate Summer Student Research Award in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma
    Joshua's Wish is a private foundation dedicated to supporting medical research toward a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). In order to encourage undergraduate students to pursue a career in medical research on this devastating disease, we are offering two $5,000 summer internship awards for 2012. The research project may be basic, translational or clinical in nature but must have direct relevance to DIPG.
    Complete application guidelines and materials are available at or by contacting Bethany Bresnen at . Application Deadline: April 15, 2012

  • University of California, Davis REU program. UC Davis Department of Chemistry - REU Program - Research Experience for Undergraduates

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Program at The Scripps Research Institute. Through curricular and laboratory research experiences, the program provides a creative and dynamic environment in which to learn about the power of biomedical research.

    The SURF participants identify their area of interest and matched with a Scripps faculty member on one of our two campuses: Jupiter, Florida or La Jolla, California. There are over 200 laboratories across the two campuses conducting basic and translational research; areas of research include cancer biology, cell biology, chemical physiology, chemistry, genetics, immunology, metabolism and aging, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular medicine, molecular therapeutics, neurobiology, and neuroscience.

    The program dates are Monday, June 4, 2012 through Friday, August 10, 2012. Start and end dates are flexible and can be adjusted based on the participant’s schedule.

    The program provides housing and a stipend of $4000.

    The deadline to apply is February 15, 2012. The application is available at For more information regarding the program and the application process, please email: , call: 858.784.8469 or visit:

  • University of Michigan Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) offers summer programs across many disciplines. You may refer to our website for more information about programs in many differenct departments and programs at Michigan.

  • Baylor University College of Medicine's Summer Medical and Research Training Program is for undergraduate students who are interested in exploring a career in scientific research. They encourage Ph.D.-oriented candidates to apply. Up to 100 students are recruited for the SMART Program from across the nation.

  • The Chemistry Department, at the University of North Texas, invites applicants for our Summer 2012 NSF-REU Program. The ten-week program will begin on June 4, and participants will be given a $5,000 stipend, plus housing. Funds are available to help defray travel costs to and from the REU site, which is located at the northern outskirts of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
    If you are interested, please submit your application, personal statement, transcripts and two letters of recommendation to us by Thursday, March 1, 2012. As stated in the attached flyer, application packets for the program should be sent to:
    Shawn Adams
    Chemistry NSF-REU Coordinator
    Department of Chemistry
    University of North Texas
    1155 University Circle # 305070
    Denton, TX 76203

    Phone: 940-565-4372 FAX: 940-565-4318 or

  • Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University
    The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, and molecular electronics. While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. The program dates this year are June 18 to August 17, 2012; Applications are due Feb. 15, 2012. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend and a travel allowance and on-campus housing is provided. For more information, please visit our website:
    If you have any questions, please contact our program assistant, Nic Tat at , 847-491-3606.

  • The online application to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Summer Undergraduate Research Programs for Summer 2012 is now live. As you may recall, our SURF programs offer your students a great opportunity to get great hands on experience in a biomedical laboratory. Most of our programs are 10 weeks in length and offer flexible starting dates. The online application will be open until midnight, February 15, 2012.Students may apply now at
    SURF, a cooperative group of summer undergraduate research programs at UC COM and Cincinnati Children's, provides biomedical research fellowships to talented undergraduate students in STEM disciplines. We seek talented sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors in the STEM disciplines to join us in Cincinnati for a summer in one of our state of the science biomedical laboratories, under the mentorship of experienced, caring faculty. We especially welcome applications from students who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Across all SURF programs, we place about 150 students per summer, from all parts of the US. International undergrads who have a student visa to study here in the U.S. are also eligible.
    The program features a variety of academic, social and cultural experiences, including our annual Summer Research Welcome Picnic, laboratory tours, research seminars, career counseling, a research poster forum, and one-on-one training in biomedical research techniques.
    For more information about our SURF programs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital, please visit

  • Please pass the following information on to your students about a great undergraduate summer research opportunity at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science. We especially encourage applications from members of minority groups underrepresented in science.
    The program will run for 10 weeks (June 4 - August 10). Please go to our website to find out more about the program. Student support includes a $5,500 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance. The application form and instructions for submitting supporting documents are available at
    Interns will work with faculty and research staff in a graduate student atmosphere on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology, or marine geology.
    This internship program will take place at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp campus in the resort community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean near Cape Henlopen State Park.
    If you have any questions, please contact me at (302) 645-4275 or at .
    The application deadline is February 17, 2012

  • We are happy to announce the second year of the Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates program, with support from NSF and the 3M Foundation. I write now to invite you to urge students to apply to come to Urbana to do summer research. We particularly seek students who have not previously conducted research, are members of underrepresented groups (including women), or are first-generation college attendees. Students who will have completed no more than 3 years of college by June 1, 2012 are our intended scholarship recipients. While we allow post-freshman to apply, it is most likely that post-sophomore and post-junior students will receive highest consideration.
    The scholarship provides:
    $5,000 stipend for a ten-week stay in our department
    $1,000 towards housing in Urbana (either in a dormitory or rented quarters) plus $500 to support travel to and return from Urbana
    $ 800 for subsistence
    You may use any selection process you find appropriate for selecting students we might consider, but we do require that sophomore- or junior-level undergraduate students have at least two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and laboratory. They should also be inclined to pursue graduate studies in chemistry. For detailed information about the research areas of the individual faculty members, please see Application may be made at the website
    Please have students apply as soon as possible. Applications received by March 15, 2012 will receive full consideration.

  • 2012 Nanotechnology Summer Internships. REU programs from a vairety of sites across the U.S. in chemistry, materials, physics and engineering. Surf over to for information. Deadline of Feb. 8, 2012.

  • University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate MSTP research Program provides highly motivated undergraduates interested in future combined MD/PhD training the opportunity to conduct hands-on research with scientists in a basic or clinical sciences department. for information.

  • 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Univeristy of Kansas is a multifaceted program funded by the NSF and designed for current junoris or well-qualified sophomores who are interested in a chemistry-related career. for information.

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate school of Biomedical sciences is a 10-week research program for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences. Information at

  • The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education at the Massachusetts Institute of
    Technology will host its annual MIT Summer Research Program
    (MSRP) from June 10 - August 11, 2012.
    MSRP, an institutional effort that began in 1986, facilitates the involvement of
    talented undergraduate students in research aspects of the fields of engineering
    and sciencesummer program seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors and non-graduating
    seniors from around the country who could benefit from spending a summer on
    MIT's campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced
    scientists and engineers. The program features supervision by an MIT faculty
    member and postdoctoral fellow or advanced graduate student; weekly
    seminars/workshops; preparation and delivery of a research poster and paper;
    individual counseling on academic careers; hands-on training in active,
    "real-world" laboratories; and participation in social and cultural activities
    in the area.
    I am writing to ask for your assistance in identifying underrepresented minority
    undergraduates (particularly African American, Latin American and American
    Indian/Alaskan Native students) interested in science, technology, engineering,
    and math that would benefit from a 9-week,
    research-intensive summer program.
    Additional program details, applicant requirements and the online application
    can be found on the web at

  • Summer Research Fellowship in Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.

    The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) provides stimulating and rewarding research opportunities for undergraduates considering graduate education in biomedical research.
    The program is administered by the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program (IBGP) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - a premiere research center in the historic Oakland section of Pittsburgh. The School of Medicine provides an exceptional environment for students to gain research experience under the guidance of internationally recognized scientists.
    Information at

  • We are pleased to announce that the NSF REU site for Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron will again accept applications for the summer of 2012. This year’s stipend amount is $7,000 and the deadline for applications is February 1, 2012. The attached brochure is primarily for undergraduate students who are currently sophomores or juniors, although we have had a few freshmen. The application and more information can be found on our website: If you have any questions please contact me at 330-972-7667, or by email at .

  • "Snapshots of Chemistry" NSF REU program at the Univeristy of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles offeres a broad selection of research groups in inorganic/biochemistry, physical/theoretical, and organic/materials chemistry for a summer research experience for undergraudates. Apps due on March 15, 2012. See for details


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Recent Chemistry Department Seminars

Spring 2013

  • Friday, March 1, 2013 – Beth Nichols, Dow Chemical Company
  • Thursday, March 21, 2013 - Katie Wibby, Instructor of Chemistry (Interlochen Arts Academy)


   Fall 2012

  • Friday, October 19, 2012 – Erin Romes ('05), University of North Carolina
  • Friday, October 26, 2012 – Shauna Tschirhart ('08), University of Illinois
  • Friday, November 9, 2012 – Ryan Stowe ('10) Scripps Research Institute (FL)

 Fall 2011

  • Friday, October 14, 2011, Dr. Rachel Martin, University of California, Irvine 
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Dr. Sheila David, University of California, Davis

Spring 2011

No seminars scheduled due to the SCI 401 Cancer course

Fall 2010

  • Friday, September 10, 2010, Albion College Students: Nicholas Herrman ('12) and Jacob Rinkinen ('11)
  • Friday, September 24, 2010, Dr. Kumar Sinniah, Calvin College:  Quartets in G-major
  • Friday, November 5, 2010, Albion College Student:  Kara Sherman ('11)
  • Friday, November 12, 2010, Dr. Art Bragg ('99), Johns Hopkins University
  • Friday, December 3, 2010, Dr. Ryan Sweeder ('97), Michigan State University

Seminars - archives

Spring 2010

  • Friday, February 19, 2010 Dr. Nils Walter, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Scientists Watching Action Movies: Real-Time Single Molecule Fluorescence Imaging of Natural and Engineered Nucleic Acid-Protein Nanomachines

Fall 2009

  • Friday, September 11, 2009 Rose-Anne Meissner ('03), Northwestern University
  • Genetic Control of Circadian Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Friday, September 18, 2009 Bakthan Singaram, UC Santa Cruz
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydride – The Dual Personality of Lithium Aminoborohydrides
  • Friday, October 2, 2009 Jayme Cannon ('04), Merck
  • Pharmaceutical Vaccine Formulation
  • Friday, October 2, 2009 Craig Streu ('04)
  • Bioactive Organometallic Complexes: From Structure to Function
  • Friday, October 16, 2009 Mike Lammers, Johnson-Diversy, Inc.
  • The specialty chemical industry, specifically focused on the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors served by the Johnson Diversey Food & Beverage Group
  • THURSDAY, October 29, 2009 Wilfred Van der Donk, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Title TBA

Spring 2009

  • Friday, February 13, 2009 Gabrielle Bielak Thurlow('00), On Assignment, Inc.
  • A Path Less Taken... A Road Less Traveled
  • Friday, February 27, 2009 Bruce Baldwin, Spring Arbor University
  • Carrots, Ferrocene and Biodiesel: Current Organic Chemistry Research at Spring Arbor University
  • Friday, March 20, 2009 Matt Allen, Wayne State University
  • Increasing the Utility of Contrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using Lanthanide Chemistry
  • Friday, March 27, 2009 Bryan Kusiak, Huron Technologies
  • Chemistry in Industry: Putting that Albion College Education to Work

Fall 2008

  • Friday, September 5, 2008
  • Robert Halcomb, IBM
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Friday, October 3, 2008
  • Valerie McCarthy, BASF
  • A computational study of chemical systems: I. A theoretical investigation of clathrate hydrates II. Conformational potential energy surface of tryptamine
  • Friday, October 17, 2008
  • Kevin J. Kubarych, University of Michigan
  • Friday, November 14, 2008
  • Greg Girolami, UIUC

Spring 2008

  • Friday, February 8, 2008
  • Bryce Marquis, University of Minnesota
  • Friday, February 22, 2008
  • Chris Marshall, Argonne National Laboratory
  • "Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane over Nanostructured Membrane Catalysts"
  • Friday, March 28, 2008
  • Prof. George Garcia, University of Michigan

Fall 2007

  • Friday, September 28, 2007
  • P.V. Ramachandran, Purdue University
  • "Boron Chemistry"
  • Friday, October 12
  • Amanda Boye, University of Illinois
  • "Poly(ADP-ribose) Metabolism: From PARP Substrates to PARG Inhibitors."
  • Friday, November 9
  • Andrew Knight, Loyola University
  • "Green Chemistry"

Spring 2007

  • Friday, February 9, 2007
  • Bradley Stish - University of Minnesota Cancer Center
  • "Design Purification and Evolution of a Recombinant Immunotoxin for Carcinoma Therapy"
  • Friday, February 23, 2007
  • Jackie Day (Albion 2001) - Senior associate scientist for Pfizer Research Global Research & Development.
  • "From Gene To Structure: Structure Based Drug Design"
  • Friday, April 13, 2007
  • Scott Silverman - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • "DNA as a Catalyst, Constraint, and Sensor"

Fall 2006

  • Friday, September 15, 2006
  • Shauna Paradine,
  • "Synthesis and development of chiral hypervalent iodine compounds: an international collaborative project"
  • Sarah Simmons
  • "Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry in Wales"
  • Friday, September 22, 2006
  • Brandon Morrill, Jacob Skeans
  • "The Oxidation of Imidazolium-based Ionic Liquids with Potassium Permanganate"
  • Friday, September 29, 2006
  • Erin Marasco - University of Minnesota
  • Tim Johnson - General Mills
  • Friday, October 27, 2006
  • Robert B. Grubbs - Dartmouth
  • "Building Nanomaterials from the Bottom Up with Block Copolymers"
  • Friday, November 3, 2006
  • Carrie Hensel - Inner Circle Media, Ann Arbor
  • Friday, November 17, 2006
  • Charles Hoogstraten - Michigan State University

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