Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

REU studentsThe Integrated Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Research Experience for Undergraduates programs provide students interested in chemical-related sciences and engineering the opportunity to pursue summer research in three, themed summer programs. Together, participants in all three programs form a larger community of researchers. Summer REU students see the breadth and depth of the chemical sciences and engineering research conducted at UW–Madison.


Summer 2020 Program Details

Dates: May 26 to August 1
Stipend: $5,000 plus housing and travel to and from Madison
Apply online by Feb. 15


REU in Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering

Students participating in this program explore phenomena in the fields of chemistry and chemical and biological engineering through hands-on research projects in the laboratories of faculty in the Department of Chemistry or Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

REU in Materials

Students participating in this program conduct research in an area of materials science, engineering, physics, chemistry, science education or public policy in one of the laboratories of the Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

REU in the Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy

Students participating in this program conduct research on the development of new materials for renewable energy, including projects on bioenergy. Projects are housed in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.



Eligible students are undergraduates majoring in mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering, biotechnology-related areas, other physical sciences, science education, or public policy who have a strong desire to complete a Ph.D. and meet the following criteria:

  • Students who have completed their sophomore or junior years of college.
  • Students with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in accredited colleges or universities.


  • 10-week research experience in the lab of a UW-Madison faculty member
  • Weekly seminar series on current research topics
  • A special seminar on applying to, surviving, and excelling in graduate school
  • An end-of-summer REU poster session in which students present their research results and conclusions
  • Social activities with students from other REU programs
  • A summer in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin

Program Contact

Andrew Greenberg

Position title: Director of the Integrated Chemistry, Chemical and Biological, and Materials Science Research for Undergraduates Programs


Phone: (608) 890-1534

2020 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706