Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

The annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is an opportunity for undergraduate students in all disciplines to showcase their research, scholarship, and creative activities to the OSU community and beyond.

The 26th Annual Denman Forum will take place the week of April 5-8, 2021 and will be held virtually.

Applications are due March 5, 2021. Apply here.

More information about the forum is available through the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.

ASC Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Applications for the Spring 2021 Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) competition are now open.

Awards generally range from $250 to $10,000 and are applied toward university tuition and fees (your statement of account) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants are not required to be members of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program; however, the committee generally gives preference to students who are candidates for graduation with research distinction or with honors research distinction, because they have demonstrated the sort of academic ability and commitment which indicates the likelihood of success in completing a major research project. Applicants must have received Junior standing by time of funding.

The deadline for applications and project advisor recommendations is Friday, March 5 and selections will be made by early May. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Arts and Sciences Honors Office at aschonors@osu.edu.

Learn more and apply here.

Summer Research at University of Nebraska

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

The Nebraska Summer Research Program is a 10-week residential summer research experience that provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a research university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more.

Nebraska remains hopeful that it will be providing an in-person experience this summer. Should that change, applicants will be notified as soon as possible and a virtual experience will still be offered.

Explore the Programs:

The online application is open until Monday, March 1, and students may apply for up to three different research groups.


Want to jump start your search for the right research program? Check out this listing of programs that have recently reached out to CBC students.

UM College of Pharmacy: Research Experience for Undergraduates

Join UM Pharmacy TOMORROW, February 10th from 4:30-5pm for a Zoom info session to learn more about the Interdisciplinary REU Program and the Pharmacy Scholars ProgramRSVP here.


The University of Michigan Interdisciplinary REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in the Structure and Function of Proteins is designed to provide undergraduate students with a 10-week research experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, cheminformatics, computational chemistry, enzymology, marine biology, molecular biology and plant biology.  The research projects featured in this program all involve studies of the structure and function of proteins.

REU Faculty Mentors represent the departments of Biochemistry; Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Pathology, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The program will be held in a virtual format for the summer of 2021.  All research projects will involve virtual components.  Please note that the majority of the virtual projects offered will not require a computational background.

The program runs June 1 – August 4, 2021. It offers a stipend, housing allowance, and meal allowance.

The application deadline is March 1, 2021. Learn more and apply on the website.


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Career Accelerator Fund (CAF) – Deadline Extended

The Career Accelerator Fund (CAF) provides financial support for College of Arts and Sciences students participating in unpaid or minimally paid internships, undergraduate research, or experiential learning opportunities.

The application deadline for Summer 2021 has been extended to February 12, 2021. That is a tight turn around to complete the application checklist, so don’t delay if you want to apply. You can learn more and find the application resources on the CAF website.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the Group of Professor Terry A. Miller

Professor Miller’s research group has one or two research positions open for undergraduates with an interest in physical chemistry and a strong mathematical background.

The group’s research focuses on the spectroscopic detection and characterization of reactive chemical intermediates. These molecules play critical roles in a variety of processes of significant importance to our society and economy, examples of which include combustion, atmospheric and interstellar chemistry, plasmas and reacting flows. Recent analytical work in my group has involved the simulation of observed electronic-absorption spectra of HO2 free radicals. These simulations allow the determination of  HO2 concentrations that are critical to the understanding of the kinetics of electrical discharges, atmospheric shock waves, and various non-equilibrium, reacting flows. Other work focuses on analysis of spectra of larger polyatomic molecules, typically free radicals and often of high symmetry, with emphasis on the utilization of quantum chemistry calculations. This work involves understanding and calculating the extent of various interactions affecting the spectral structure typical of open-shell, free-radical spectra, such as the breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, vibronic coupling, conical interactions, and the Jahn-Teller effect.

Dr. Miller’s group specializes in theoretical/computational work.  However, they maintain active collaborations with experimental groups in Engineering at Ohio State and Chemistry at the University of Louisville as well as a strong collaboration with a theoretical group, highly skilled in electronic structure calculations, at the University of Florida.

Research support is provided from an OSU Advancement fund. This funding is normally reserved for the summer, but class credit, e.g., CHEM 4998H, can be earned for research during the academic year. This undergraduate program has been on-going for several years. The undergraduates involved typically make research presentations at more than one international meeting and prepare a senior thesis. So far all have been a co-author on a research publication. One student is scheduled to graduate this spring; previous graduates are now working for their Ph.D.’s in Chemistry at M.I.T. and UC, Berkeley.

Interested students should email Professor Miller (miller.104@osu.edu) and include a brief summary of their relevant experience, including class work. The plan would be for the selected students to participate in undergraduate research during spring semester and then have a research position funded for the summer.

Advanced Computational Research Experience for Students (ACRES)

ICER ACRES is a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in ACRES 2021 This REU is coordinated by Michigan State University’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE), in partnership with the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER).

Research projects provided though ICER ACRES focus on the development and enhancement of algorithms, models, and software for applications in multiple research areas that require high-performance computing resources. Research areas include: computational chemistry, biology, astrophysics, mathematics, big data science, and earth/climate sciences.

The program dates are May 24 – July 30, 2021. Participants receive a stipend of $6,000, plus housing and travel allowances.

More information can be found on the program flyer and website.

Applications due February 4, 2021.


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NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of Proteins

This National Science Foundation sponsored program provides advanced training in the manipulation and analysis of proteins for undergraduate students. It facilitates deep understanding of experimental laboratory research, insights into protein biochemistry and contemplation of the broader context of research. A wide range of student research projects mentored by faculty in the Department of Biochemistry are available. Examples include: experimental analysis of enzyme mechanisms, post-translational protein modifications, proteomics, and protein-nucleic acid interactions studied in the biological context of cell cycle control, chromatin regulation and renewable energy research.

Problem-based modules presented during the first three days of the program introduce key concepts in protein biochemistry and experimental design. After this brief orientation, the program emphasizes full-time research supplemented with weekly sessions on ethical conduct in research, professional communication, GRE preparation and the graduate school application process. At the end of the program students will present their results at a departmental symposium and a university-wide poster session.

Participants are provided:

  • $5,750 stipend and additional $750 meal allowance
  • Housing on campus
  • Round trip transportation to West Lafayette

The program will run May 24 – July 31, 2021.

For more information, check out the program flyer and website.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2021


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2021 Repperger Summer Research Internship Program

Applications must be completed by February 15, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. EST.

The Repperger Research Intern Program is a 10-week educational experience, providing research opportunities for students at one of three Air Force research facilities under the mentorship of an Air Force scientist. Scientists have been hand selected to mentor, because of their technical knowledge, experience and willingness to help science and engineering students enhance their learning through participation in an actual Air Force research project. The available research opportunities span nearly all STEM fields, from Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Kinesiology, Physics and many more areas of study. Along with gaining first-hand research experience, students will learn the inner workings of an operational laboratory and develop contacts and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Key Information

Program Dates: June 7 – August 13, 2021
Research Locations: Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH or JBSA, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX or Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Stipend: ~$12,000 for 10-week period

For detailed program information, please visit https://orise.orau.gov/afrl/repperger-research.html.

This opportunity is limited to US Citizens due to the sensitive/classified nature of much of the research performed at AFRL.


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Research Experience for Undergraduates in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Applications are open for the 2021 Summer Research Experience (REU) program in the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron. The application deadline is Friday, February 12, 2021.

This competitive REU program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, The University of Akron, and corporate sponsors. Students will participate in a 9-week internship to investigate a fundamental question within the broad disciplines of polymer science and polymer engineering, including chemistry, physics, characterization, and biomaterials.  These interns will take part in research and career development activities, discussions outlining their research progress and visits to regional companies.  The summer will culminate with an oral or poster presentation of each intern’s research results at the Northeast Ohio NSF-REU Undergraduate Research Conference.

Support for this 9-week summer 2021 program is $5,400 stipend. In addition, on-campus housing is provided.

The program will run Monday, June 7 to Friday, August 6, 2021. For further information, please visit:  https://www.uakron.edu/polymer/outreach/reu/.


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