Clemson University, SC
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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.

In addition to the research activities, students will have the chance to participate in the following workshops:
Library skills – conduct literature searches, read, interpret and comprehend journal articles related to their project
Research skills – experimental design, statistical analysis, and data interpretation
Chemical Safety and Hazardous Waste Disposal and NSF-Responsible Conduct of Research Training
Research 101
X-ray Workshop (hands-on)
NMR Workshop (hands-on)
Electrochemistry Workshop (hands-on)
Analytical Instrumentation (including Mass Spec) workshop (hand-on)
Professional development, communication skills, ethical considerations and research integrity, and data management
Career planning
Professional networking
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. 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 are expected to remain engaged in research activities and to present the results of the program at the Summer Symposium (July 24).

Expenses and Support offered

This exchange program is financially supported by the University of Sonora. Selected students will also receive a scholarship offered by the Department of Chemistry.
Housing: $1309 (Clemson housing 64 nights). While other options are available, this would allow students to interact with other students in the program
Meals: $1755 (full meal plan, $27 per day, 65 days). Other options are available, including local restaurants and sandwich shops on campus
Flights: $650 (HMO-GSP-HMO, Delta Airlines)
SEVIS Fee: $220 (required to get the J1 visa)
Visa Processing fee: $175 (fee charged to process the documents and request the J1 visa. This is covered by Clemson)
Access card fee: $30 (fee charged to get a Clemson ID card. This is covered by Clemson)
Health Insurance: Per the U.S. Department of State regulations, every international scholar and their dependents are required to have health insurance from an approved vendor in order to maintain legal status. Participants in the summer program can provide their own, as long as they meet the minimum requirements.


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:
Jeff Anker, Impressing gold and silver nanoparticle shaping and optical tuning via mechanical deformation
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
Boni Kim, Development of selective functionalizations of bioactive molecules
Jason McNeil, Highly fluorescent nanoparticles for localization-based super resolution fluorescence microscopy
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
Thao Tran, Functional properties of complex optical, magnetic and electronic materials
Joe Thrasher, Synthesis of Pentafluorosulfanyl, SF5, Derivatives
Dan Whitehead, Peptide-based iodine (III) reagents for asymmetric oxidation chemistry



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 as the 21st best national public university 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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