The University of Wisconsin–Madison Departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering host an annual summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Selected participants spend 10 weeks conducting research in one of three areas: chemistry, chemical engineering, or biological engineering.

Summer 2021 Program Details

Dates: June 1 to August 7

Stipend: $6,000 plus housing and travel to
and from Madison

Apply online by Feb. 15


Eligible students are undergraduates who have
a strong desire to complete a Ph.D. and meet the
following criteria:

  • Have completed their sophomore or junior
    years of college.
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0
  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    enrolled in an accredited college or university.

REU Program Highlights

  • Multiple, faculty-led seminars each week on
    various Materials topics
  • A special seminar on applying to, surviving,
    and excelling in graduate school
  • An end-of-summer REU poster session in
    which students present their research results
    and conclusions
  • Social activities with students from other REU
  • A summer in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin
  • Students receive a stipend of $6,000
  • Housing and travel to and from Madison are

Research opportunities in the Department of Chemistry are offered in the following areas:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemical Education
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry

Research opportunities in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering are offered in the following areas:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Bioscience and Engineering
  • Colloids/Particle Technology
  • Kinetics and Catalysis
  • Materials
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Polymers and Rheology
  • Reactor Modeling and Reaction Engineering
  • Systems, Modeling, and Control
  • Thermodynamics
  • Transport Phenomena

Online application for 2021 will be available November 1st.

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER: The REU Program Director along with the University of Wisconsin–Madison are actively monitoring the status of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease pandemic. Guidance of state and local agencies may impact the format of the program. An alternative, online program will be offered to participants in the event that it is deemed unsafe to proceed with in-person research and instruction.

Program Contact:

Dr. Andrew Greenberg
Director REU in Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering
1415 Engineering Drive
3035 Engineering Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 890-1534