About Chem-SURF

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

Chem-SURF Highlights

10-week program


Furnished, on-campus housing provided at no cost to participants

Travel costs reimbursed

Extensive list of research projects to choose from 

Seminars on chemistry research and applications with speakers from academia, industry and national labs, and workshops on career planning, graduate school, writing and presentation skills

Personalized mentoring and training from nationally distinguished faculty, supported by graduate students

Access to state-of-the-art research facilities

Local industry field trips

Unique UCI Library privileges including extended borrowing privileges and unlimited Interlibrary Loans

Weekend excursions with team members to experience Southern California 

Funding and support for conference participation and additional professional development

Past Chem-SURF Fellows

Click the links below to see the previous years' Chem-SURF Fellows and their mentors.

2010 Chem-SURF Fellows
2009 Chem-SURF Fellows
2008 Chem-SURF Fellows