The University of Alabama Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry plans to host 10 participants in a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program for the summer of 2020 as part of our long-standing goal to provide research opportunities for students, primarily from the Southeast, with limited access to research opportunities. Each participant will be able to select a well-defined problem in the Department’s interdisciplinary foci – environmental & sustainable chemistry, materials & energy chemistry, and biological chemistry - designed by faculty experienced in directing undergraduate research and tailored to the 10-week REU experience. The participants will be exposed to state-of-the-art federally funded research programs, provided access to advanced equipment and technologies, and will experience the excitement of discovery in science and technology. Training acquired during performance of these projects and enhanced by Monday and Friday lunchtime seminars will foster independence, maturity, and confidence and create researchers able to think independently, search out new avenues of investigation, and speak confidently in public. The program will be enhanced by a series of Wednesday lunchtime sessions exploring ethical issues pertinent to chemical researchers, designed with previous ethics supplement funding. Students will all be housed in furnished on-campus apartments to promote social and intellectual interaction. Students will report their results for the summer in a verbal presentation and in a written report and will be strongly encouraged to present their results at their home institution and at a regional or national scientific meeting.
About The University of Alabama
Each summer, the Department of Chemistry at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama hosts a Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation under the direction of Dr. John Vincent and Dr. Stephen Woski. Undergraduates from throughout the country with strong backgrounds in chemistry are invited to apply. Participants work with faculty in their research group and take part in informal seminars and social activities.The 10-week program begins each May/June; participants receive a stipend plus housing in furnished apartments. In addition to working with faculty on research projects, participants also attend weekly seminars describing modern research instrumentation, current research of UA faculty, and ethics in science.Research areas for past summers have included molecular recognition, metalloporphyrins, nanomaterials, electron transfer, fluorine chemistry, electrochemistry, magnetic resonance, photosynthesis, separation science, environmental chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, DNA-ligand interactions, computational chemistry, surface chemistry, applications of chromatography, magnetic data storage, anticancer drugs, catalysts.
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