Clemson University, SC
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REU Program:
Materials with Targeted Functions

Potential mentors and projects
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Participants and their publications

We are expecting to resume activities in the REU program as the situation linked to COVID-19 improves. Under the assumption that we will be able to resume activities, students are encouraged to apply.  

General Information

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site aims to supports the training of 10 students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2021-2023. Participants in our program will select a project (under the broad area of Materials with Targeted Functions, form small teams and be mentored by a cluster of faculty members with complementary expertise. The reseach projects include the synthesis and characterization of new materials (both organic and inorganic), development of methods to unveil chemical interactions of nanoparticles, preparation of deep euctectic solvents, as well as application of new routes to enhance energy harvesting.

The research experience will be supplemented by ethics training as well as an introduction to state-of-the-art instrumentation linked to their projects. The program will also offer a number of workshops to enhance the experience of the participants, their professional development, and their research-related social competencies. These activities have the goal to improve their ability to interact in professional settings, highlight the relevance of their research experience, networking, and to become advocates for diversity and inclusion of women and underrepresented minorities in chemistry. Non-traditional/high potential students, minority students from the State of SC and surrounding MSI, students in military schools, and students from distant geographic areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

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. Participants are expected to work 40 hours/week and submit a mid-term report describing the performed activities as well as 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

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This program is directed by Dr. Carlos D. Garcia, Dr. Bill Pennington, and Dr. Tania I. Houjeiry (Coordinator). The REU program will provide travel expenses (flight to GSP and ground transportation to Clemson), housing, meals, and a $5,500 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, Awards #CHE-1560300 (2018-2021) and CHE-2050042 (2021-2024)

Eligibility / Application Materials

REU participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Students interested in our program are encouraged to first learn about the available projects
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 March 01, 2021

About our Department

We believe in thinking differently and in the power of chemistry to change the world. We take pride in our commitment to advance fundamental and applied science, train students to their fullest potential and provide the tools for a competitive global market. We are a team of 25 research-active faculty, 100-plus graduate students and 13 staff members who offer cutting-edge opportunities in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as in a broad range of interdisciplinary areas such as materials, polymer, solid-state and computational chemistry. Our programs have applications in a wide range of fields, including energy, security, drug design and nanotechnology.

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. 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. Learn more about us by viting Clemson University on the web, Clemson, SC in Wikipedia, Official Tourism web for Clemson and Clemson Football.

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