University of Alabama REU Application Form

The 2017 University of Alabama Department of Chemistry REU program will run from May 30th through July 31st, 2017.  Complete the form below to apply to the program.  Applications, including letters of recommendation are due by February 28th, 2017.

As an alternative to the online form below, you may download the application forms below in either Word or PDF format and mail in your application (2017 forms will be available soon).

REU Application and Recommendation Form (Word)

REU Application and Recommendation Form (PDF)

In addition to your application, please arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the address below using the reference letter form.

UA REU reference letter form

Have reference letters sent to:

Ms. Amy Ryan
Department of Chemistry
Box 870336
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0336

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Ms. Ryan (205-348-5954,

University of Alabama REU Application

  • Personal Information

  • Academic Information

  • Please enter all colleges attended and the dates of attendance.
  • Enclose with this application a short, one-page statement in which you summarize your career goals. Indicate how you think that participation in this program will assist you in attaining these goals.
  • References

    Names, titles and addresses of two persons whom you have asked to write letters of recommendation. Include at least one person who can comment on your laboratory skills.

    Reference Letter Form

    These letters should be sent to:
    Ms. Amy Ryan, Dept. of Chemistry, Box 870336
    The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0336

  • Research Preferences

  • Research Topics

      Research Topics

    1. Asymmetric Reaction Methodology
    2. Beyond Raney Nickel: Next Generation Hydrogenation Catalysts
    3. Binding of Potential Drugs to Cytochrome P450
    4. Biochemistry of Chromium
    5. Biochemistry of RNA Methyltransferases Regulating Meiosis
    6. Carbon Dioxide Capture, Reactivity and Sequestration
    7. Catalysis in Microfluidic Devices
    8. Chemical Bonds for Storing Energy via Catalysis
    9. Chemical Ordering in Binary Allow Nanoparticles
    10. Chemical Recognition Using Hyperbranched Polymers
    11. Cocrystals - Designing Molecular Pairs to Assemble together in a Cocrystal
    12. Computational Approaches to Advanced Energy Systems - Actinide and Lanthanide Chemistry
    13. Computational Biochemistry: Acid/Base Properties and Thermochemistry of Peptides
    14. Computational Studies of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions
    15. Conducting Polymers for Surface Coatings
    16. Designing Metal-Based Drugs that Target Cancerous and Bacterial Cells
    17. Development of Catalytic Diversity in an Enzyme Scaffold
    18. Development of Chemical Sensors for Airborne Pollutants
    19. Development of Novel Catalytic Reaction Methodology
    20. Diffuse Scattering Studies on Single Crystals of Doped Vanadium Oxides
    21. Electrochemical and Optical Sensors
    22. Environmentally Friendly Methods for Converting Carbon Dioxide to Useful Products
    23. Ethics in Chemistry
    24. Gas-phase Structures of Peptide Ions
    25. Hydrogen Storage Opportunities with Novel Valence Structures
    26. Improving the Synthesis of Peptide Nucleic Acids
    27. Inorganic Coordination Compounds for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
    28. Mass Spectrometry of Explosives
    29. Mass Spectrometry Studies of Peptides
    30. Measurements of Potential Single-Molecule Rectifiers
    31. Mechanisms of Carbohydrate Chemistry in Glycosyltransferase Enzymes
    32. Medium Ring Carbocycles and Cytotoxic Xenia Diterpenoids
    33. Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Catalysts
    34. Metallotherapeutics
    35. Metals and Free Radicals in Proteins
    36. MnBi Nanoparticles for High Energy Permanent Magnets
    37. Modified DNAs and RNAs
    38. Nanoelectrochemistry for Ultrasensitive Detection
    39. Nanomaterials for Li Batteries
    40. Nanoparticle Synthesis for Solar Cell Applications
    41. Nanoparticles from Complexed Precursors
    42. New Catalysts for Environmentally Benign Synthesis
    43. New Dyes for Non-Linear Optical Applications – Advanced Materials
    44. New Reagents for Organic Synthesis
    45. Novel Anti-inflammatory and Anticancer Agents
    46. Organic Solar Cells
    47. Organic Synthesis of New Hydrogen Bonding Molecules
    48. Organometallic Catalysts in Organic Synthesis
    49. Pattern-based molecular recognition: enforcing selectivity in sloppy chemical receptors
    50. Polymer Micelles for a Magnetically Triggered, Targeted Drug Delivery System
    51. Polymer Templating of Inorganic Nano-structures
    52. Polymer Waveguides for Explosives Detection
    53. Polymerization of Transition Metal Complexes for Non-Platinum Group Metal Fuel Cell Catalysts
    54. Searching for Better Perovskite Solid Solar Cells
    55. Separating Carbon Nanotubes by Derivatized End-Groups Followed by Ion-Exchange Chromatography
    56. Stable Phosphorus-derived Biradicals and their Chemistry
    57. Structure and Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance rRNA Methyltransferases
    58. Synthesis and Properties of Smaller Analogues for Macromolecular Polyelectrolytes
    59. Synthesis of Agents for the Treatment of Diabetes
    60. Synthesis of Inorganic Materials Using Biological Templates
    61. Synthesis of Nanostructured Thermoelectrics: Materials that Convert Heat into Electrical Power
    62. Synthesis of Novel, Geologically-Inspired Oxides for Magnetic Applications
    63. Synthesis of Unusual Valence Structures
    64. Synthesizing New Organic Molecules as Catalysts that Can Be Turned "On/Off"
    65. Synthesiziing Organic Molecules that Reversibly Change Shape and Color upon Redox Change
    66. The Design and Synthesis of Conjugated Polymers for Solar-cell Applications
    67. Thermodynamics of Combustion
    68. Thin Film Synthesis of Novel Oxide Materials Using Pulsed Laser Deposition
    69. Total Synthesis of Natural Products