• Got fakes?

    Got fakes?

    Student researchers study new ways to detect counterfeit antibiotics using paper millifluidics.

  • Bringing science out of the lab

    Bringing science out of the lab

    Developing paper test cards to test for iodine levels.



Summer 2017 REU Participants



Summer 2016 REU participants

Week 1 group photo

Summer 2015 REU participants 

Bringing chemistry out of the lab and into the world

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame (UND) are working to develop low cost, robust technologies that could help people in the poorest countries of the world. The methods and instruments developed in these REU projects will help to detect environmental contamination or food adulteration, discover and manage bacterial drug resistance, test pharmaceutical quality, and even diagnose human and animal diseases to impact the lives of people all over the world. 

This NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates site focuses on the application of analytical science and technology in low resource settings--in effect, bringing chemistry out of the lab and into the world.  The program welcomes students with backgrounds in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. 

Program description

Apprenticeship model with hands-on mentoring, technical training, workshops, and development case studies

REU site ran from 2015-2018, but will not be offered in 2019.  

Research program for faculty at 2-year and 4-year colleges

A companion program helps faculty at PUIs develop their own vigorous and intellectually viable research programs in chemical analysis for low-resource settings. We will develop a working group for low-cost chemical analysis over the period of the REU site proposal. The working group will enable participating faculty to share and enlarge access to field testing sites and international collaborators, provide a sounding board for new ideas, and create sustainable new undergraduate research opportunities, both at UND and at the participating PUIs.  


Some acceptances are out...

Please hang in there and be patient for a few more days, even if you have not received an acceptance;  sometimes students have other summer plans and we are maintaining a waiting list.