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USM Chemistry REU

March 25, 2020, The REU Program for summer 2020 has been cancelled due to the unexpected impact of COVID-19.

Sensing and Assembly Based on Non-covalent Interactions

2020 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 research experience (May 26 – July 31) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). This program will also provide professional trainings and workshops and conclude with a research symposium. (*pending final approval from NSF).

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:

             a) a completed application form (application form download link)

             b) undergraduate transcript(s).

             c) one-page personal statement which includes your previous and current research experience, your research interests, and your career goals.

  • Please also have one faculty at the undergraduate institution send a recommendation letter to: Jan.WilkinsonFREEMississippi with the subject line “REU Recommendation Letter”.

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

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


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

Dr. Song Guo: Song.GuoFREEMississippi