REU 2018 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2 January 2018

We are happy to announce the eighth year of the Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates program, with support from the 3M Foundation.  I write now to invite you to urge students to apply to do summer research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The program will run for 10 weeks, May 29 – August 3, 2018.

We particularly seek students who have not previously conducted research, are members of underrepresented groups (including women), or are first-generation college attendees.  Students who have completed coursework at the sophomore to junior level by June 1, 2018 are our intended scholarship recipients.  Because of high demand for our program in prior years, applicants should be planning to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry or related fields between January 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

The scholarship provides:

  • $5,000 stipend for a ten-week stay in our department
  • Housing at Europa House in Urbana, within walking distance to the Department of Chemistry and the rest of the campus
  • Round trip travel cost (up to $800)

You may use any process you find appropriate for selecting students we might consider, but we do require that students have at least two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and laboratory. They should also be inclined to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.  Applications may be made at the website  For detailed information about the research areas of individual faculty members, please see

Please have students apply as soon as possible. Applications received by February 16, 2018 will receive full consideration.   Given heavy demand for our program, files incomplete at 11:59 PM on the closing date will not be kept open for consideration.  Letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline. 

Attached is the flyer for our REU program.  I ask for you to please post the flyer and send it on to your colleagues and students.


Alison Fout, REU Program Director
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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