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Research Experience for Undergraduates

Department of Chemistry

Program Overview

Wyoming NASA Space Grant and the UW Department of Chemistry are offering summer research fellowships for students from community colleges in summer 2018! The fellowships provide students a unique opportunity to work in a research lab with a professor or graduate student mentor. This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the UW campus, meet other students from around the state and the country, and to get real-life, hands-on research experience!

 REU Group


  • Spend ten-weeks working in a University of Wyoming research lab under a faculty or graduate student mentor

  • Chance to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program

  • Optional extra-curricular activities such as a trip to Yellowstone/Tetons, a visit to the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), a Colorado Rockies Baseball game, and more

  • Apartment-style living accommodations (private room/bathroom with communal kitchen and living space)

  • $4500 stipend for the summer, plus $200 for travel and $900 for meals


  • Must be a community college student; preferably from Wyoming, although students from around the country are welcome to apply.
  • Must be able to come to Laramie, Wyoming for ten weeks during the summer of 2018; from May 21 – July 27 (Housing provided!)

  • Must be majoring in a science or engineering field.

Research projects

The program offers a wide variety of research projects (10 REU projects and participating faculty mentors) for students interested in energy science. Fundamental chemistry research is at the heart of all the REU projects (design of new catalysts, conversion of light into chemical bonds or electrons, hydrogen storage and production). Each REU student is assigned a research project and works closely with faculty mentors, graduate students and other research undergraduates.


UW is located in the southeast corner of Wyoming in the town of Laramie. Summer is the best time at UW and when you are not working on solving global energy problems, there will be numerous opportunities to get outdoors and bond with your fellow REU colleagues.

Application procedure

Application deadline

March 17, 2018


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