National Science Foundation LogoSummer Research Program 2020 - Chemistry and Biochemistry - cancelled summer 2020 and 2021- will return summer 2022

Program Dates: May 17, 2020 - July 24, 2020

The chemistry and biochemistry department at the University of Arkansas is proud to sponsor* a National Science Foundation supported REU program for the 30th year in 2020. *Dependent upon funding

The 10-week summer program allows undergraduate chemistry majors who will be juniors or seniors in fall 2020 to carry out research in a chosen area:

Analytical chemistry Biochemistry and protein dynamics Inorganic chemistry and nanotechnology Organic chemistry Physical or theoretical chemistry
  • Participants will present the results of their summer projects at the conclusion of the program.
  • During the course of the program, participants will visit NCTR or the FutureFuel Chemical Company in Batesville (expenses paid by the program.)
  • At the conclusion of the program, the Tony Jude Award will be given to the top student in the program.

College Credit

Those selected will be enrolled as students at the University of Arkansas and will receive one hour research credit. All privileges normally enjoyed by university students will be extended to all summer REU students.


Both dormitory and off-campus housing are available. Participants will receive a scholarship of up to $5,100 and a living allowance of up to $2,200.

Conference Allowance

Each participant will be given $395 to attend a national or regional conference in 2020-2021. *Dependent on funding

STEP 1 - Project List - Applicants should select up to three potential projects

Faculty mentor Project title 
Paul Adams Ras proteins as a model system to study protein-protein interactions
Jingyi Chen Inorganic nanocrystals for heterogeneous catalysis:  Controlling the size, shape and composition of metallic nanostructures and their interface with oxide supports
Robert Coridan Hierarchically structured materials for converting sunlight to fuels in the artificial leaf
Ingrid Fritsch Analytical chemistry on a chip with microfluidics involving electric and magnetic fields
Maggie He  Functionalized carbon nanomaterials for sensor application
Colin Heyes Core-shell interfaces in colloidal quantum dots
Stefan Kilyanek Organometallic electrochemistry: molecular complexes for fuel cell cathodes.
T.K.S. Kumar Cell Signaling induced by fibroblast growth factor
Jack Lay Detection of endocrine disruptors in water by tandem mass spectrometry
Matt McIntosh Novel Approaches to Bioactive Natural Products
Mahmoud Moradi Computational study of functionally important conformational changes in membrane proteins
Joshua Sakon Structure and Mechanism of Endo/Exoceliulases from Thermomonospora fusea
Julie Stenken Bioanalytical methods for understanding protein-based chemical communication
Wesley Stites Exploring the Influence of the Denatured State upon Protein Stability, or
Isolation, Characterization, and Impact upon Blood Clotting of Human Thrombomodulin in Disease
Susanne Striegler Lignin degradation by binuclear manganese complexes
Ryan Tian Syntheses and Applications of Ordered and Complex Nanostructures
Feng Wang Computational modeling of chemical reactions and nano-materials
Nan Zheng Organic Synthesis Enabled by Visible Light Photocatalysis

Step 2 - Application - nsfreu.org

Interested applicants should complete the application by the deadline March 15, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



  • Notification of admission decision wil be announced by March 30, 2020 or sooner
  • Students deadline to notify the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of acceptance will be listed on the offer letter
  • Please note that information provided in the application will be used to report statistics to the National Science Foundation or other reporting agencies in an aggregate report. All information provided will remain confidential
  • For inquiries contact: David Paul at 479-575-5190 or dpaul@uark.edu or reuinfo@uark.edu