Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

12 January 2022

The Program
Aquatic Chemical Ecology (ACE) at Georgia Tech is a summer research program supported by the National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program. ACE at Georgia Tech gives you the opportunity to perform exciting research with our faculty in the schools of Biological Sciences, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. You’ll participate in research with one or more of our faculty, learn about careers in science and engineering, and see how scientists blend knowledge and skills from physics, engineering and biology to investigate some of the most challenging problems in environmental sciences. We encourage applications from undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., especially attending universities other than Georgia Tech. The following three areas comprise the research activities covered by faculty in the Aquatic Chemical Ecology program:

  • Area 1. Biological and geochemical transformations of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems.
  • Area 2. Sensory biology and ecology of aquatic chemical communication.
  • Area 3. Ecological roles and consequences of chemicals in aquatic environments.

Our NSF-sponsored summer research program places you with a faculty member for a 10-week summer period spanning from May 22, 2022 to July 29, 2022. You’ll design a research project, carry it out and present the results to the professors and students in a final symposium. You will receive a stipend amount of $7000. To live on campus safely, you will also be provided an individual bedroom with shared kitchen facilities in an environment that is committed to social distancing, face covering, and on-campus surveillance testing.
Our faculty (in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Biological Sciences) form a core group with a string history of working together on joint research grants in this area, with the skills required to guide undergraduates in basic applied research on multiple phases of chemical signaling processes.

The online application deadline is February 15th, 2022 at 5:00 PM Eastern. The application process requires you to complete the following:

  • An Application Form
  • An Essay of Interest
  • Two (2) Recommendation Letters (an upload link will be emailed to the recommender’s email address entered on your application)

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