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Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

The REU site program in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University offers interdisciplinary research opportunities in Biochemistry, Organic, Physical, Computational, and Analytical Chemistry laboratories with an overarching focus on the theme of Catalysis. Students will do research in a welcoming and vibrant academic setting with extensive connections to companies in the Boston area.


The research theme of the program will be Biological and Chemical Catalysis. This theme spans the multidisciplinary research areas represented in the department and will provide opportunities for students in the program to experience and discuss catalysis across the spectrum, from small molecule catalysts to enzymes. This is an important unifying theme through which students can be engaged in understanding chemistry from various perspectives through cutting edge research.

The scientific problems to which students in the program will be exposed are as diverse as how enzyme catalysis is involved in the regulation of signal transduction pathways in the cell and green chemistry geared at sustainability. Students will get insight into the research methodology, self-discipline, teamwork and the dissemination of results through group meetings, poster presentations, and publications in professional journals.

Each student will be an integral part of a research project, paired with a Northeastern graduate student mentor, and participate in weekly faculty seminars and informal discussion focused on catalysis from the perspectives of the various research groups. In addition, the REU site students will go on tours of companies in the Boston area and be involved in professional development workshops.


The REU Program is open only to US citizens and permanent residents. The program is committed to the goal of increasing participation and inclusion in chemistry and chemical research. Students from schools with limited research opportunities, groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, and first generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.

This program is based upon funding from the National Science Foundation REU Site Grant NSF CHE-1757078.

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