Clemson University, SC
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We are expecting to resume activities in the REU program as the situation linked to COVID-19 improves. Please stay tunned

General Information

This Summer Undergraduate Research Program will provide selected students with unique research training and professional development through an intensive ten-week summer program in the Department of Chemistry. In line with the strategic goals of the university, research opportunities will fall within two broad focus areas: Advanced Materials and Chemical Biology. In addition to the research activities, students receive training and opportunities in:
Literature: search, read, and interpret journal articles related to their project
Research skills – experimental design, statistical analysis, and data interpretation
Instrumentation: hands-on training in the fundamentals, usage, and data interpretation
Professional development, communication skills, ethical considerations and research integrity
Career planning
Professional networking
Diversity in science
Students will be required to form teams with existing students enabling a closer interaction between peers, as well as training experience to the junior mentor. Selected students are expected to work 40 hours/week and submit a mid-term report describing the performed activities and plans for the remaining of the visit. Students will be expected to remain engaged in research activities and to present the results of the program in a scientific meeting.

Support offered

NSF Logo The REU program will provide travel expenses (flight to GSP and ground transportation to Clemson), housing, meals, and a $5,000 scholarship. The REU grant will not pay for any other expense outside the scope of the sponsored activity. This program is financed by the NSF - Division of Chemistry, Award #CHE-1560300

Eligibility / Application Materials

REU participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Completed application form (including demographic survey)
Minimum GPA of 3.0 (official transcript to be provided by selected applicants)
Strong background in Chemistry (or equivalent training obtained through research experience)
Two letters of reference (sent to Tania I Houjeiry (
Statement of research interests and career goals (< 500 words)
Registration in LinkedIn (to allow tracking progress after the program)
To receive full consideration, applications should be complete by February 16, 2020 using this link

Papers Published with REU participants

Graphical abstract for the paper 13C Saturation-Transfer Difference (STD)-NMR Experiments Using INEPT Polarization Transfer
Hui Xu, Danielle Lustig, Leah B. Casabianca
Applied Magnetic Resonance 51 (2020) 277–286

Graphical abstract for the paper Addressing the Distribution of Proteins Spotted on μPADs
Laura McCann, Tomás E. Benavidez, Sarah Holtsclaw and Carlos D. Garcia
Analyst 142 (2017) 3899 – 3905

Graphical abstract for the paper Examining Binding to Nanoparticle Surfaces Using Saturation Transfer Difference (STD)-NMR Spectroscopy
Y. Zhang, Hui Xu, A. M. Parsons, Leah B. Casabianca
Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (2017) 24678–24686

Leadership and Potential Mentors

This program is directed by Dr. Bill Pennington (PI), Dr. Carlos D. Garcia (co-PI) and Dr. Tania I. Houjeiry (Coordinator).
The program also involves the participation of the following mentors:
Julia Brumaghim, Novel Sulfur and Selenium Antioxidants for Prevention of DNA Damage
Leah Casabianca, Peptide Composite Materials for Tissue Engineering
George Chumanov, Synthesis and characterization of plasmonic nanoparticle assemblies
Stephen Creager, Copolymer electrolytes from vinyl sulfonic and phosphonic acid monomers
Brian Dominy, The role of mutations in protein folding
Carlos Garcia, Immobilization of Proteins to Block Copolymer Films
Shiou-Jyh Hwu, Molten-Salt Synthesis of Water-Soluble POM Salts of Biomedical Relevance
Ken Marcus, Liquid Sampling-Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Microplasmas
Bill Pennington, Polydiacetylene-based Biosensors for Food Safety and Smart Packaging
Sourav Saha, Stimuli-Responsive Functional Materials
Ya-Ping Sun, Biomedical applications of Carbon-based Quantum Dots
Joe Thrasher, Synthesis of Pentafluorosulfanyl, SF5, Derivatives
Dan Whitehead, Peptide-based iodine (III) reagents for asymmetric oxidation chemistry

Associated Summer Programs

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NSF Logo Clemson University-University of Sonora: This exchange program is aimed at providing students from the University of Sonora the opportunity to join our REU students and offers a unique research training and professional development through an intensive ten-week summer program in the Department of Chemistry at Clemson University. In line with the strategic goals of the university, research opportunities will fall within two broad focus areas: Advanced Materials and Chemical Biology. Learn more...

About the location

As one of the country’s most selective public research universities, Clemson University serves a uniquely driven and highly accomplished student body. Ranked among the best national public universities by U.S.News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Founded in 1889, we remain committed both to world-class research and a high quality of life. In fact, 92 percent of our seniors say they’d pick Clemson again if they had it to do over. Clemson’s retention and graduation rates rank among the highest in the country for public universities. We’ve been named among the best values by Kiplinger magazine in 2013, and SmartMoney in 2012 ranked us No. 7 in student return on investment. Our beautiful college campus sits on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Hartwell Lake. But we also have research facilities and economic development hubs throughout the state of South Carolina — in Greenville, Greenwood, Columbia and Charleston. The research, outreach and entrepreneurial projects led by our faculty and students are driving economic development and improving quality of life in South Carolina and beyond. In fact, a recent study determined that Clemson has an annual $1.83 billion economic impact on the state. Just as founder Thomas Green Clemson intertwined his life with the state’s economic and educational development, the Clemson Family impacts lives daily with their teaching, research and service.
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