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School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

USM Chemistry REU

Sensing and Assembly Based on Non-covalent Interactions

2021 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Southern Mississippi

Funded by NSF, this “Sensing and assembly based on non-covalent interactions” program will provide the participating REU students an extensive 10-week summer Chemistry and Biochemistry research experience (May 24th – July 30th) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). This program will also provide professional trainings and workshops and conclude with a research symposium.

Main research thrusts:

  •  Assembly of macromolecules and proteins
  •  Ultra-sensitive and quantitative detection
  •  Asymmetric synthesis of bioactive molecules and their applications in biochemistry


  •  $5,000 stipend
  • Housing and meal plan provided
  • Travel assistance

Who should apply:

  • Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Current undergraduate students who have completed at least their freshman year but have not graduated, majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field.
  • Strong academic record with a desire to conduct research; GPA > 2.8.
  • Students from underrepresented groups in STEM (women, NSF-defined underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities) and students from community colleges or other academic institutions with limited research opportunities, are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Faculty participants: To visit individual research group websites, please go to:

  • Matthew G. Donahue (Organic chemistry)
  • Song Guo (Physical and materials chemistry)
  • Faqing Huang (RNA chemistry)
  • Jacques J. Kessl (Biochemistry)
  • Wujian Miao (Sensors based on Electrochemistry, Electrocatalysts)
  • Julie Pigza (Organic Chemistry, Organocatalysis)
  • Vijay Rangachari (Biophysical chemistry)
  • Karl J. Wallace (Inorganic and Supramolecular Chemistry)


For more information about this program, please contact program director:

Dr. Song Guo: Song.GuoFREEMississippi