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An REU Site to Prepare Students for Graduate School and an Industrial Career

This Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site will provide you with the opportunity to spend 10 weeks performing research in a state-of-the-art chemistry or biochemistry lab of your choice. In several labs you will solve research problems connected to chemistry or biochemistry industries.


Application deadline: 31 January 2020

2020 Summer Program: 12 May - 21 July

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You will also be exposed to:

  • Workshops to develop effective communication, team interactions, and deliver scientific presentations
  • Visits to chemical and biochemical companies
  • Act as a counselor for BYU CHEM CAMP (ages 9-12). Watch the videos at:
  • Rafting the Provo River and camping at a beautiful Utah National Park
  • Attend and present at a national American Chemical Society meeting

You will receive:

  • $5,000 stipend
  • Free housing
  • Travel reimbursement for travel to and from Provo
  • Funding to attend and present at a national American Chemical Society meeting the following year

Prerequisites: We invite students from both 4-year and 2-year universities, as well as students from community colleges to apply. For most labs, only completion of freshmen chemistry and lab is required. Organic classes and lab are required for some, but not all organic labs. 

Honor Code: Everyone is welcome at BYU. You are required to commit to living the honor code during your time at BYU. The honor code provides a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.

Why BYU?

BYU has a unique and friendly campus environment that is extremely safe! BYU is located in Provo, Utah, which is 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City. There are many mountains, lakes, and rivers within just a few minutes of Provo. Several national parks are within a few hours drive. With a population of approximately 250,000 in Utah Valley, there is a diversity of restaurants (Indian, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, etc.) and entertainment (music, comedy, etc.).


BYU Central Mission

To provide outstanding undergraduate education and research training with state-of-the-art equipment. The chemistry department faculty are experienced at guiding undergraduate students to become functional researchers and coauthors in a short period of time.

Publishing Opportunities

BYU Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty are expert at enabling undergraduate students to quickly immerse themselves in research. Each year our faculty publish over 30 peer-reviewed science publications with undergraduate co-authors. We want you to spend a summer in a BYU lab and then co-author a peer-reviewed scientific publication.

Contact Program Directors with Questions:

Professor Daniel Ess (


Professor Rebecca Sansom (


Professor Kara Stowers (


Fun Activities

REU, RET, and Talmage Intern Visit to Industrial Biotech Company ARUP


4th of July Stadium of Fire


REU and Talmage Intern Arches National Park Camping Trip






REU and Talmage Intern Provo River Rafting Trip



Final Symposium REU Presentations





Final Symposium Poster Session