Undergraduate Summer Research Experience (REU)

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

The REU grant is currently under review.  While we will begin accepting applications for Summer 2020 beginning later this Fall, we will not be able to make any offers unless and until funding is awarded by the National Science Foundation.

From 2001-2015 and 2017-2019, we 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 the specifics of our program.


Program Description

Summer 2019 dates: June 3rd - August 9th, 2019

The REU program is as follows:

Research Concentrations:

  • Liquid Crystals
  • Materials Science
  • Nanomaterials
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomembranes

Learn More About Projects


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


  • Professional development seminars
  • Effective poster presentation workshop
  • Cleanroom training
  • Analytical instrumentation training
  • Ethics seminar
  • Student research presentations
  • Career talks


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


  • Classical Concert
  • Cookouts
  • Kayak Trip
  • Wellness Center
  • Hike at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Holden Arboretum


Prof. Torsten Hegmann
Principal Investigator
(330) 672-7770

Prof. Michael Tubergen
Co-Principal Investigator
(330) 672-7079

Erin Michael McLaughlin
Administrative Support
(330) 672-0030