UROP co-sponsored the Chem-SURF program from 2008 through
2010. As of January 1, 2011, UROP is no longer involved in
administering this program.
The Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Chem-SURF) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI),
provides a unique 10-week summer research opportunity for undergraduates to become fully immersed in a wide range
of exciting, cutting-edge specialized and interdisciplinary research projects.
Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of challenging and original research projects that
explore a diverse and exciting range of topics in chemical biology, chemical physics, and analytical, atmospheric,
bioinorganic, bioorganic, computational, inorganic, materials, organic, physical, polymer, surface, and theoretical chemistry.
Under the personal guidance of a UCI faculty mentor, students gain first-hand experience and training in state-of-the-art
research facilities. A spectrum of seminars and workshops provides opportunities to build knowledge and enhance dialogue
about chemistry science and applications. Students enjoy presentations from panels of speakers representing industry, national
labs, and defense agencies, along with tours of campus research facilities and local industry field trips. Faculty also host
workshops focused on career development, graduate school, research ethics, and writing and presentation skills. At the conclusion
of the program, students share their research accomplishments by presenting their findings at the Chem-SURF Research Symposium.
In addition to a stipend, students receive free, furnished on-campus housing. UCI is located in the heart of perpetually sunny
Southern California, just minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. The campus is also a short drive from mountain resorts, the desert,
and several exciting theme parks, sports venues, and music halls. Chem-SURF participants enjoy several fun excursions to get the
most out of their Southern California experience.
This program is designed to help students fully develop the knowledge and skills that will propel them into graduate studies
or careers in the field of chemistry. Students will even receive ongoing support after the program ends to help them further pursue
their research and career goals.
The Chem-SURF program is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site funded in part by the National Science Foundation