One of the most in-depth experiential opportunities available to Chemistry students is
independent research within a faculty member’s research group.
Chemistry students participate in research on-campus during the academic year and in the summer. Funding may exist to support your research; deadlines for funding vary depending on the fellowship/stipend.
Department of Chemistry list of faculty research area
Texas Materials Institute affiliated faculty
Center for Electrochemistry UT Faculty
These programs often take place over 8-10 weeks in the summer and many times include a stipend and housing/travel support. They are competitive and require an application. Application deadlines and requirements vary, but are usually due in January or February and require at least one recommendation. These are often either called Summer Undergraduate Research Programs/Fellowships (SURP/SURF) or Research Experiences for Undergraduates.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) list of summer programs in Chemistry
American Chemical Society (ACS) Undergraduate Research
MIT Summer Research Program
Pathways to Sciences list of summer programs in Chemistry
Amgen Scholars at UC Berkeley
UT Southwestern SURF in Chemistry
Princeton University SURF in Chemistry
Center for Selective Functionalization SURP in Chemistry
Summer Research Opportunities at University of Washington
California Institute of Technology SURF
Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard University
Rosetta Commons Research for Biomolecular Modeling
Resources for Getting Involved and Funding a Research Experience
The purpose of an internship is to gain valuable skills and experience, explore and refine your career interests, and network with professionals in your field. Also, internships allow you to apply concepts you have learned in the classroom in a real-world, work environment.
CNS Career Services is your college resource for career exploration and internships.
The Office of Experiential Learning offers weekly drop-in advising/consultations over Zoom for students who would like to discuss strategies for getting involved in experiential learning activities and connecting with CNS and campus resources. Students can contact SEOAmbassadors@austin.utexas.edu to learn more. The list below is a sample of opportunities and is not exhaustive.
Study abroad programs provide Chemistry majors with access to interesting and relevant courses around the world. Immerse yourself in a new culture while earning credits toward your degree.
The Office of Experiential Learning offers weekly drop-in advising/consultations for CNS students seeking opportunities.
CNS students can engage in entrepreneurial activities both in and out of the classroom. The Office of Experiential Learning offers weekly drop-in advising/consultations for CNS students seeking opportunities.
If you're interested in "doing science" and are looking for a shorter-term way to be involved, try out a Science Sprint! Science Sprints are one-day intensive, fun events bringing interdisciplinary teams of 10-25 undergraduates together to work on a meaningful science problem. All CNS majors are welcome.