Undergraduate Summer Research Experience (REU)

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Please note: the REU program is currently up for renewal with the National Science Foundation.  We are waiting for their decision to determine if the program will be held in Summer 2017.  Any updates will be posted on this website.

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

For 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 5th - August 11th, 2017

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