Research Experiences for Undergraduates

2021 UF ChE REUThe Department of Chemical Engineering, with support from the National Science Foundation, will provide summer research experiences for undergraduates (REU) for 10-12 students each summer. Participants will benefit from conducting research in a broad range of topics relevant to chemical engineering in a diverse and inclusive environment. Formal and informal education activities will train participants on what research is, how it is correctly and responsibly carried out, and how and why it is disseminated. UF Chemical Engineering faculty and Ph.D. students with a track record of training undergraduates to conduct research will guide participants through this intense summer research experience. Planned cultural activities will expose participants to beautiful North Central Florida and promote lifelong professional and personal relationships.

Research Areas

  • Biomedical applications of chemical engineering
  • Catalysis and Surface Science
  • Complex flows and interfacial phenomena
  • Nanomanufacturing and nanoscale engineering

Faculty Participation

All UF Chemical Engineering primary and affiliate faculty are eligible to serve as mentors. For more information on specific faculty research interests please visit our faculty page. Students will be assigned to a summer research mentor based on their application and projects available.

Program Details

  • Summer 2022 dates: May 28 to August 5, 2022
  • 10 weeks of research under the supervision of UF Chemical Engineering faculty and a Ph.D. student mentor
  • $6,000 stipend per student
  • Housing, meal allowance and travel support for students who perform research on campus
  • Structured professional development program delivered by Chemical Engineering faculty and Ph.D. students covering topics preparing students for success in undergraduate and graduate research, including laboratory safety, responsible conduct of research, record keeping, literature review, innovation and entrepreneurship, creating a personal brand, and communicating research
  • Participation in professional development and cultural activities organized through the Summer Undergraduate Research at Florida (SURF) program (
  • Students who are rising seniors can elect to participate in an 8-week GRE prep course, including pre- and post- course assessments organized by SURF


The Department of Chemical Engineering will offer the REU program in Summer 2022. The application process is open. Deadline for full consideration and early decision is Dec. 5, 2021. We will continue to evaluate applications until all spots are filled (approx. Feb. 1). Early decisions will be made in December and continue throughout the Spring semester.
Applicants please note:
  1. International students are not eligible to participate at this time.
  2. At the end of the online application, you will be prompted to submit:
    1. CV or Resume
    2. Unofficial transcripts
    3. A statement (one page or less, PDF) describing your career goals for the next five years

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The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering offers a Junior Preview program for prospective Engineering Ph.D. students (a virtual visit Nov. 4-6, 2021). The Junior Preview and SURF application is due by Sept. 24, 2021.

Program Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college pursuing degrees in chemical engineering and related disciplines
  • Students from underrepresented minority groups, women, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply

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This program gratefully acknowledges support from the US National Science Foundation from grant EEC-1852111 and support from the Summer Undergraduate Research at Florida (SURF) program.