Research Experience for Undergraduates

Ivan Leung

The Analytical Chemistry REU program is a 9-10-week, full-time research opportunity at the University of Notre Dame. 

  • 10 weeks lodging on campus
  • $1,000 supplies budget
  • $500 travel allowance
  • $500 conference allowance to present your REU work
  • $4,000 stipend (from which you cover your meals)
  • Can apply for second year of support with international travel option  

Who is eligible? Federal rules require that REU students be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (there are some exceptions, e.g. for refugee status). Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors at a four-year college or university are eligible, as are community college students who will matriculate at a four-year college as a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in the fall. Notre Dame students are not eligible for REU funds, but may be able to participate in the projects through other funding mechanisms.

Undergraduate chemistry research

We are looking for applicants with a strong background in science or engineering and an interest in international development. We want a diverse group of participants who can appreciate, respect, and support one another. We are looking for co-workers who are self-starters, who like to "edison around," and who have made an effort to get involved in science beyond the classroom. Students at educational institutions that do not offer many opportunities for undergraduate research will have an edge.

REU application window will open for Summer 2018 on Jan 15, 2018, and run through Feb 23, 2018.  The 2018 program will run from May 26, 2018 through August 4, 2018.

  • Go to the application web site and enter information about your academic background, your previous science/engineering experience, how you'd contribute to the various goals of the program, and which of the projects are of most interest to you.

  • The application site explains how to request an official transcript and two letters of recommendation from science faculty.

For returning REU students ONLY:  

  • If you were a participant in our 2015, 2016, or 2017 programs and will still be enrolled in an undergraduate program in fall of 2018, you are eligible to participate in a second year of the REU program.  Your previous advisor must supply a $2,000 funding match from grant funds  to cover your stipend, so it is important to contact him or her ASAP to plan your activities and funding.  

  • Returning students may apply for re-admission on a rolling basis as early as December 1, 2018.  Returning students who would like to participate in the international travel option are encouraged to re-apply as early as possible in order to facilitate planning and travel arrangements. 

  • Apply directly to Dr. Lieberman.  Include a 2 page project description for your follow-on project and a letter of support from your previous REU research mentor.   

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Companion Program for PUI Faculty

PUI research program

This REU site is strengthened by a companion PUI research program that is targeted at faculty from two-year and four-year programs. The goal of this program is to help faculty at PUIs develop their own vigorous and intellectually viable research programs in chemical analysis for low-resource settings. By investing in the professional development of faculty at PUIs and giving both the faculty and undergraduate students access to technical resources and training at Notre Dame, the program will develop the capacity of the smaller schools, expose undergraduates to research at an R01 university, and advance science and technology that will have direct impact on the lives of people in the developing world.    

The companion program provides a $6,000 stipend to three PUI faculty participants that will support 6 weeks of summer research. The applicant's home institutions must supply an additional $3,000 directly to the faculty member to support their research program during the academic year, either as salary, a discretionary fund, travel money, or release time.  The PUI faculty participant also can recommend a rising sophomore or junior student to the REU program. Institutional commitments have been expressed by Saint Mary's College, Aquinas College, Ivy Tech Community College, Chicago State University, Hamlin College, and Saginaw Valley State University, although faculty from other institutions are welcome to apply for the program.  

The companion PUI research program will be overseen by Prof. Toni Barstis (Saint Mary's College). Prof. Barstis has first-hand experience in running a successful and well-funded undergraduate research program at a PUI, and will mentor the PUI faculty in research & publication skills and “grantsmanship” to enrich undergrad research programs at the targeted schools. 

If you're interested in participating in this program, please contact Prof. Lieberman and Prof. Barstis directly for information about the application process.  ( and