Undergraduate Summer Research Experience (REU)

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.

Program Description

June 2nd - August 8th, 2014

The REU program is as follows:

Research Concentrations:

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

Learn More About Projects

Program Support:

  • 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

Academic Program:

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


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

Social Events:

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