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Our Mission

The Chemistry REU Leadership Group is composed of a subset of REU Site Directors and is supported by a special grant from the NSF. Its mission is to improve the REU program through workshops, travel grants, symposia, and other innovative activities and provide guidance to current and prospective REU Site PIs. The LG serves as an important advocacy group for the chemistry undergraduate research community nationwide.

The Unique REU Experience

Research experience for undergraduate (REU) opportunities are available in every discipline that is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well a through interdisciplinary, international, national laboratory and museum hosts.

Involvement of undergraduate students in research has a positive impact on student career paths, professional development and their ability to make informed choices about their future. It provides a unique opportunity for the student to receive individual mentoring from science leaders.

Students in chemistry REU programs are given unique opportunities to learn from experienced faculty in personalized environments.


The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. You can learn more at the official NSF REU website.

The NSF provides significant funding to dozens of REU programs every year.