Applications for Summer 2020 are due by February 15, 2020.

2020 Program Dates 

June 1 – August 7, 2020

Overview and Who Should Apply

View of Bozeman from the "M"The NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recruits ten students each year for 10 weeks of summer research, the theme of which is Next Generation Materials and Catalysts. All interested students are welcome to apply, and we especially encourage applicants from small colleges in the Northwest, Rocky Mountain, and Great Plains regions of the United States. American Indian and Alaska Native students, as well as students from tribal colleges in Montana and elsewhere, are especially invited to apply.

Why Apply?

Students who participate in the REU program at Montana State can expect to gain valuable experience in research using state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation, make lasting contributions to scientific knowledge, hone their skills in science communication, receive coaching on preparing for graduate school, engage in social activities with the rest of their REU cohort, and much more - all in the beautiful mountain setting of Bozeman, MT. 

Support for Participants

Participants in both the Chemical Biology and the Next Generation Materials and Catalysts REU programs at Montana State will receive a stipend of $5000. Students will also receive compensation for travel to and from Bozeman for the summer. On-campus housing and meals will be provided.

What to Expect

REU students eating pizzaEach REU participant will spend the summer working on an independent research project in the lab of their assigned faculty advisor. In addition to receiving guidance from their faculty mentor, students will also work closely with their graduate student mentors. Safety training and laboratory orientation are provided on the first day of the program. Students will also receive training on scientific ethics and participate in scientific workshops (e.g., NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, computational chemistry) and workshops on science communication. The entire REU cohort will meet weekly as a group to present their ongoing research to their peers. Numerous activities are planned, including science outreach events and social activities such as a trip to Yellowstone National Park, a day hike, barbeques, a river float, and more. At the end of the 10 week program, students will present their work to the entire department during a poster symposium.

How to Apply

The application portal for Summer 2020 will open December 1, 2019. A complete application consists of the online application form, a current unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation, all of which should be submitted electronically by or before the deadline (February 15, 2020). Note that in the online application, you'll be asked to provide the names and email addresses of your letter writers. When you submit your application, your letter writers will automatically receive an email with a link for them to upload their letters.


For More Information

In the online application for this program, you will be asked to select five potential faculty advisors. For information about possible advisors, including details on relevant research projects, see the list of research opportunities.

To see photos from previous summer REU programs, go to Previous Summer Highlights.

For additional information about Bozeman and surrounding areas, check out the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce website.


If you have questions please contact Dr. Sharon Neufeldt at