Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

An NSF REU in Chemistry and Biochemistry  

Program dates: between June and August (tentative)


Click on this link to view photographs taken during the SURE program.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi is continuing its Summer Undergraduate Research Experience for undergraduates who will begin their senior year in the fall of each academic year. This program is designed to allow undergraduate students from other universities with little or no research experience to conduct graduate-level research on the USM campus in Hattiesburg under the direction of a faculty member in the Department during the summer of your current academic year.

Fellowship recipients will receive a $4,500 stipend for the 10 week summer session and paid on-campus lodging. Supplemental travel funds are available for those traveling long distances.

The program is intended for students with an interest in chemistry or biochemistry as a career. Students interested primarily in medical, pharmacy, dental or other pre-professional schools are encouraged to look to those schools for summer opportunities.

Please note also that the program is restricted to US citizens and permanent residents.

The faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at USM are involved in a variety of research activities in the areas of biochemistry, analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Research laboratories in the Johnson Science Tower and Chain Technology Center are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and the faculty are experienced in including undergraduate researchers alongside graduate and postdoctoral fellows in their research teams.

Participants will attend weekly research meetings and make a formal presentation at the final minisymposium. Scheduled social activities over the summer will include the opening reception, a Saturday canoe trip, and the ending barbecue held the afternoon after the minisymposium.

The students will be provided with an information packet by the Hattiesburg Visitors Bureau listing local and regional activities such as golf courses, Gulf Coast beaches and islands, New Orleans sites and activities, recreational sports, etc. In addition, participants will have access to the USM Payne Center, a nationally recognized fitness center. 

To be considered for the program, you must provide the following:

  1. On-line Application and all supporting documents by February 1 (completed on the on-line application form).
  2. Official Transcript from all colleges attended/attending (mailed to address below).
  3. Statement as to why you wish to participate in this program and your career goals (completed on the on-line application form).
  4. Recommendation Letters (2) from your Science faculty members (mailed or faxed to the address below).  If you have research experience, one letter should be from your mentor.

There is no tuition cost for the program, and students who qualify will receive a fellowship of $3,500 for the 10-week period (normally between June and August; exact dates are to be announced).  Interested students should fill out the application forms and return by February 1st to:

The University of Southern Mississippi
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Attention: SURE Application
118 College Drive #5043
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Departmental Contact:
Dr. Vijay Rangachari (REU Program Coordinator)
OFFICE: 601-266-6044

Ms. Sharon King (Administrative Assistant)
OFFICE: 601-266-4711
FAX: 601-266-6075
Letters of reference should be sent via pdf email attachment or faxed directly from the reference to Ms. King.