Academic Opportunities

Summer Research in Grinnell

Hernandez-Soto Summer Research 2014

Leggans Summer Research 2014 

Lyons Summer Research 2014 

Marzluff Summer Research 2014

Minelli Summer Research 2014

Sharpe Summer Research 2014

Sieck Summer Research 2014 

External Research
  • Caltech Amgen Scholars program, some of the fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.
  • Cal tech MURF undergraduate research fellowship.
  • Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati will again be hosting our REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) for the summer of 2013.
  • ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for rising juniors and seniors majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines.
  • The DOE Scholars Program.
  • Energy research internships: three locations of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), owned and operated by the US Department of Energy.
  • The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) hosts a 9-week summer internship that is designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students.
  • REU program at Georgia Tech.
  • IBM summer research internship program for under-represented minorities
  • Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates program
  • International summer research opportunities in chemistry
  • The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy.
  • National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network. Serving Nanoscale Science, Engineering & Technology. REU
  • Summer research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students are available in Arkansas at the National Center for Toxicological Research.
  • Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
  • NASA's 2013 Student Airborne Research Program: 6-week program organized by The National Suborbital Education and Research Center at the University of North Dakota,  and run from two locations in California.
  • The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) undergraduate opportunities.
  • RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) at Rutgers.
  • SCI Scholars, for chemistry and chemical engineering undergraduates. A joint effort of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) America International Group (AIG), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
  • The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in conjunction with the NSF REU Sites Program is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Interdisciplinary Materials Research at Southern Illinois University
  • The University of Southern Mississippi 2013 Summer Field Program offers students an opportunity to earn college credit during four sessions from May through August.
  • The BCMB Department at UTK will offer a special summer program for undergraduates interested in research.
  • The University of Wyoming is proud to offer summer research opportunities to external undergraduate students.
Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Noyce/Intel Internship

The goal of this program is to offer students educational experience in applied technology; essentially, seeking to blend idealism with realism. To qualify, eligible students must demonstrate that the internship they propose will: focus on applied science or technology; emphasize application over discovery; take place in a non-profit or government setting in the United States; and achieve problem-solving goals.

For more information, please contact the program chair, Michael Guenther


National Fellowships

There are several national fellowships that can be applied for over the web, although these are highly competitive and available only to U.S. citizens.

  • The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships:
  • The National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowships (funded by the Department of Defense):
  • The National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in Science and Engineering (funded by the national labs and the NSA):
  • The Society Of Industrial and Applied Mathematics has information about fellowships. Scroll down to "For Graduate Students":
  • This site has a wealth of information based on data collected by the National Research Council. While survey data is not the most reliable sort of data and fine distinctions between programs are particularly unreliable, this is a helpful place to start your search. Once you narrow your choices, web sites for individual departments and programs can help as well:


Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost awards for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

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Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

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Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Rhodes Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

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The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

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Activities and Organizations

Jobs for Chemistry Students

The department employs motivated chemistry students to serve as mentors in the classroom, assistants in teaching laboratories, and peer tutors. Students can also help staff the chemistry stockroom and prepare teaching laboratories for professors.

For more information, please contact the department chair, James Swartz


The Student Educational Policy Committee, or SEPC, is a student-faculty liaison group which provides faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum, and other departmental issues. It also organizes social events within the department.

Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society

Chemistry students are encouraged to join the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, a national organization for undergraduate chemistry students. Contact Lee Sharpe for more information.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Grinnell College has an active local chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

For more information about the society, please contact Grinnell's Chapter Advisor, Heriberto Hernandez-Soto.


Local Outreach

The chemistry faculty occasionally organizes outreach activities for students with the local Grinnell school system. 

For more information, please contact Lee Sharpe.

A full list of post-graduate service opportunities is available through the Community Service Program.