Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - Research Associate in Chemistry
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, James Madison University
Location: Harrisonville, Virginia
$6000 scholarship is paid for 10 weeks of summer research. In addition, participants receive $1k for food.
10 openings available.
JMU faculty, along with Dr. Adebowale "Debo" Ogunjirin, a visiting faculty from Gallaudet University, provide research opportunities in all major sub-disciplines of chemistry, with expertise centered in synthesis, biophysical chemistry and materials. (See this partial list of mentors and project descriptions.) In addition to conducting research, REU students will also participate in professional development activities aimed at enhancing effective science communication. Adrienne Hooker, a faculty member from JMU’s School of Media Arts and Design (SMAD) co-hosts workshops on the use of visual communication to inform both scientific and non-scientific audiences about the impacts of the research conducted at JMU on science and society.
Participants are expected to:
Conduct research/work full-time (40 hours per week) for 10 weeks.
Complete on-line assessment surveys at the start and at the end of the program.
Complete surveys for up to 10 years after REU so that we can assess the impacts of our program on students' professional development. This requires that students provide a permanent e-mail address so that we can stay in touch.
Connect with the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at JMU thorugh LinkedIn. If you do not currently have a LinkedIn account, no worries. We will help you set one up during the program.
Attend scheduled meetings and participate in events throughout the summer program, including science communication events.
Present research results at events throughout the summer and at the end-of-summer symposium.
Submit a research paper that describes the results obtained over the course of the summer.
Adhere to all safety protocols.
If appropriate, work with your research advisor to write up the results of your research for presentation at an external conference or for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Adhere to the expectation that REU awardees are "ambassadors" for the program who aim to disseminate the results of their work and experiences broadly.
Commit to the creation of an inclusive learning environment. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is committed to an inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity of its community. We view our opportunity to teach, serve, and interact with many, varied individuals to be a privilege. We will strive to reach, support, and show respect to every person and we expect our community will do the same.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at JMU hosts an REU site that integrates Deaf, hearing and sign language interpreting students in chemical research. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Chemistry (CHE-2150091). Participants include Deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) students, underrepresented minority students and first-generation college students, primarily from institutions with limited research infrastructure. In addition, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting students are immersed in the Science community, expanding the pool if interpreters who are comfortable in a STEM setting. Through the REU, both Deaf and hearing participants learn together, removing communication barriers in the scientific research environment, fostering cultural awareness, and growing a more inclusive scientific community.
About Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, James Madison University
Our department is an undergraduate-only program at an R2 institution. The department currently serves approximately 200 majors and about 3000 undergraduate students each year. We offer a wide variety of courses for chemistry majors, other STEM majors, general education, and pre-health professionals. Majors are actively involved in SAACS, AXE, NOBCChE, and undergraduate research.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is actively committed to increasing the success of all of our students, attracting faculty and students with a range of backgrounds and experiences, and creating and sustaining a more inclusive work and learning environment. We are committed to excellence in undergraduate education, research, and mentoring undergraduates to help them reach their personal and professional goals. With 25 full-time faculty members, the department offers ACS certified degrees at the bachelors level, and teaches courses in all major areas of chemistry. The department houses facilities for nuclear chemistry, materials science, high performance computing, NMR, and mass spectrometry. Collectively, our facilities include over $10 million in state-of-the-art instrumentation (https://www....jmu.edu/chemistry/instrumentation.shtml). More information about the department can be found at http://www.jmu.edu/chemistry/.
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