Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

We invite you to apply to our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

  • The new REU site, titled "Weak chemical bonds yield strong research experiences in Materials Chemistry at the University of South Dakota," is designed to reach out to students at regional tribal colleges, local primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and USD.
  • Student participants will spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research in the laboratories of USD chemistry faculty mentors at the Vermillion, SD campus.
  • One-on-one research experiences with USD 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 earn 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.

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.