Chemistry Opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities for chemistry students

Undergraduate Research

One of the most in-depth experiential opportunities available to Chemistry students is
independent research within a faculty member’s research group. 

On-campus Opportunities

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 

Off-campus Opportunities

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. CNS undergraduates are invited to make an appointment with our team to learn more. The list below is a sample of opportunities and is not exhaustive.

Study Abroad

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.

ACS Study Abroad Programs for Chemistry Students
CH 372S: Study and Research Abroad-Austin International Framework
Study Abroad by Major Guides

MyCreditAbroad database lists Chemistry courses abroad with UT course equivalents
CNS Research and Internships Abroad
UT Study Abroad Semester and Summer Internship Programs

Short-term Programs
Semester-long Programs
RISE Research Internships in Science and Engineering

Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Internship Program


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.

CNS Inventors Program
Entrepreneurship Resources Across Campus
Bridging Disciplines Programs – Innovation, Creativity & Innovation
Texas Convergent