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.  We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2020; however, 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 2020 dates: June 1st - August 7th, 2020

The REU program is as follows:

Research Concentrations:

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

Learn More About Projects


  • Stipend: $6,000
  • Free Room for non-KSU participants: Centennial Court Dormitories
  • A Child-Care facility is available on-campus.
  • A subsidy 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