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Why participate in a REU Program?
- This program will give student participants 10 weeks of hands-on chemistry research. Each student will perform his or her own experiments on a cutting-edge project related to theoretically interesting molecules (TIM). Participants will receive training in all experimental techniques and use instrumentation that would be necessary to conduct graduate-level studies. See our faculty and projects for more details. In addition students receive training in chemical safety and hygiene. Students will also keep a research notebook, give an oral presentation of their work, and attend a national chemistry meeting. At these meetings and through the program students will have the opportunity to network with not only faculty at the school where they are conducting research, but with the other faculty in the consortium and with the consortium mentor. This year our mentor is Dr. Moore is the 2013 mentor for the TIM Consortium. He is Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois.
What makes our program unique?The TIM REU program is unlike any other chemistry REU program. We are made up of a group of six primarily undergraduate institutes across the country (Northern Kentucky University, Colby College, University of San Diego, MacAlaser College, Trinity College and Grand Valley State University). Each school has a robust research program where faculty work directly with undergraduates, as none of the schools have graduate students. All of the faculty in our consortium work on molecules that are expected to have interesting chemical and physical properties (theoretically interesting molecules). The six groups meet twice each summer, once at a national meeting early in the summer and a second time at one of the host institutions.
While all eligible students are welcome to apply, our program is targeted to students that might not otherwise have an opportunity to perform undergraduate research at their home institution. Minorities and community college students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Program HistoryThis is the eighth year of the REU program. Many of our students have gone on to very successful graduate programs including MIT, Princeton, John’s Hopkins, etc.
EligibilityThe NSF requires that undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate.
Number of ParticipantsWe will be accepting 12 students.
FINANCESEach student who is accepted will receive a stipend of $4100. Those students selected from outside their home institution will receive travel expenses to and from the school where they will be participating as well as housing. In addition, all students will have all costs related to attending a national meeting and end of summer consortium meeting covered.
HOW TO APPLYFill out the on-line application:
Applications for next year will be accepted from January 1- March 15, 2014
and send unofficial transcripts and two letters of recommendation to
firstname.lastname@example.org please include "TIM 2014" in the subject of all correspondence.