Undergraduate Summer Research Experience (REU)

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Welcome to the web site for the Kent State University NSF-funded Chemistry REU program.

For the past thirteen summers, we have hosted participants from across the country who spent ten weeks in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Liquid Crystal Institute research laboratories. Students in our program work closely with the faculty and other researchers on exciting projects in the areas of liquid crystals, materials (biomaterials & nanomaterials) and biological membranes.

In addition to working in the lab, participants of the REU program are also given the opportunity to take part in a number of social events, ranging from sporting and cultural events to canoe trips.

We invite you to review below the specifics of our program.

Please note: the REU program is currently up for renewal with the National Science Foundation.  As we have not received their decision in time to prepare for Summer 2016, we will not be holding the REU program this summer.


Program Description

May 30th - August 5th, 2016

The REU program is as follows:

Research Concentrations:

  • Liquid Crystals
  • Materials Science
  • Nanomaterials
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomembrances

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  • Stipend: $5,000
  • Free Room: Centennial Court Dormitories
  • A Child-Care facility is available on-campus.
  • Subsistence for daycare can be provided upon request.
  • Travel Assistance


  • Weekly seminars (e.g. liquid crystals, biomembrances, literature search)
  • Cleanroom training
  • Analytical instrumentation training
  • Ethics seminar
  • Student research presentations


  • Undergraduate Research Conference
  • ACS National Meeting Participation (2 students)


  • Classical Concert
  • Cookouts
  • Canoe Trip
  • Wellness Center
  • Sporting Events