Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to invite you to apply for our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

  • Student participants will spend ten weeks during the summer (beginning May 30, 2017) conducting research in the laboratories of USD chemistry faculty mentors at the Vermillion campus. 
  • One-on-one research experiences with faculty members will be augmented by educational workshops, tours of local chemistry-related industries, a weekly seminar series and social activities, including a canoe trip down a stretch of the Missouri River.
  • Student participants will receive a competitive stipend and the possibility of an additional living allowance. Support to conduct and present research results at regional or national scientific meetings will be available.

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Photodynamics and Nanomaterials Themes

Research opportunities offered fall within the themes of photodynamics and nanomaterials, areas integrally linked to issues of national importance such as energy practice and catalytic remediation of environmental resources. A number of research projects available to REU participants are listed below; additional information about chemistry research at USD can be found on the Department of Chemistry's research page.

  • Nanocrystalline phosphors: Synthesis, spectroscopy, and applications - P. Stanley May and David C. Hawkinson
  • Polydomain Nanostructured Materials for Solar Fuels Catalysis - James D. Hoefelmeyer
  • Mesostructured material as artificial leaf for solar energy conversion - Ranjit T. Koodali
  • Water-Soluble, Luminescence Infrared Sensors for Detection of Metals - Andrew G. Sykes
  • Assembly of Plasmonic Nanomaterials for SERS Detection - Chaoyang Jiang
  • Discover High Performance Organofluorine Materials for Renewable Energy Applications - Haoran Sun
  • Ionic Liquids as Matrices for Luminescent Lanthanide Ions - P. Stanley May and Mary T. Berry
  • Metal-Organic Supercontainers for Energy Storage, Environmental Remediation, and Drug Delivery - Zhenqiang Wang
  • Electrochemical Functionalization of Quantum Dots for Bioimaging - Grigoriy A. Sereda

The SPACT NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

The SPACT NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates site at SDSM&T, USD and SDSU, provides undergraduate students a chance to conduct cutting-edge research focused on security printing and anti-counterfeiting technology. Counterfeiting is a growing issue in the U.S., posing serious economic, safety and national security concerns. The REU program is a multi-disciplinary program with research opportunities in Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Chemistry, and Computer Science.