Note to Visitors

This site describes an REU in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University. The program is currently in the concept phase and is not accepting applications. To avoid confusion, mentor bios and research projects are placeholder examples. For information about existing summer research at Emory, please explore the SURE and LGS-SOAR programs.

The Chemistry Unbound Research Experience for Undergradutes (REU) offers a two summer research experience for early career undergraduates. Unlike REUs aimed at more advanced students, you do not need to secure a research mentor before applying. During your first summer, you’ll receive a “crash course” in the Chemistry Unbound approach to to help you better understand your research options and interests. Then, graduate student and faculty mentors will assist you in selecting a lab that fits with your interests and goals. In summer two, you will return to the same lab. You will also have the opportunity to create a science communications project to share your REU experience.

What is Chemistry Unbound?

Chemistry Unbound is undergraduate chemistry for the twenty-first century. Chemistry was taught the same way for over one hundred years. At Emory, we decided to explore new ways to organize undergraduate learning around thematic frameworks that immediately place complex concepts into conversation with real world problems and solutions. At the advanced level, students can apply these frameworks to interdisciplinary coursework in areas ranging from systems chemistry to the chemistry of foodways and art preservation to medicinal chemistry, taking their learning to the next level as they plan their future chemistry career.


undergraduate co-authors on papers from REU mentor labs

$17.6 million

research funding to Emory mentor labs in FY 2019


Goldwater Scholars from mentor labs

Who will I work with?

John Doe

Faculty Mentor

I teach about lasers and light and how to think. I designed this REU.

Jane Doe

Graduate Mentor

I’ve mentored over 10 Emory undergrads – I learn as much from them as they do from me!

Jan Doe

Faculty Mentor

I’m passionate about protein design and I can’t wait to share that with new scholars.

What will I work on?

Why should I apply to an REU?

An REU program gives you an opportunity to take what you’re learning in chemistry classes and apply that knowledge to exciting research projects. Many students find that they can put their learning into new perspective with hands-on work. Research work is also great experience for graduate school and careers. In addition to chemistry, you’ll learn to build relationships with peers and mentors, to communicate your science to funding agencies and the public, and to find ways to test your own ideas in a setting that offers sophisticated instrumentation and access to experts interested in the same things that you are! Our REU site, in particular, focuses on early career students (in the summer of your first and second year of undergrad) so that you can make informed choices about the rest of your undergraduate training and your career goals based on your real-world research experience.

Okay, I’m convinced! How do I apply?