Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates


Fuel the future as a summer researcher with CISTAR. Participate in our summer internship program where you will have the opportunity to work with world-class researchers from CISTAR’s five partner universities. As a CISTAR summer researcher, you will work on a research project in your area of interest and be matched with a CISTAR Graduate Fellow mentor who will help you develop your skills as a researcher and gain insight into the world of graduate school. Throughout the summer, students participate in weekly professional development seminars, work in CISTAR Labs, network with CISTAR students on campus, and visit places of interest like Argonne National Laboratory. 

Research Experience for Undergraduates Programs 

Research Experience and Mentoring Program 



Virtual Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Research Areas:

  • Using large data sets to classify unlabeled reactions 
  • Catalytic conversion of methane to chemicals and fuels
  • Tracking the mass and energy flows in a natural gas processing system

Program Details: 

  • Ten-week session, May 24, 2021-August 2, 2021

  • $5,100 stipend 


  • Students majoring in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Engineering

  • Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently enrolled in a college or university, and attending in the fall

  • Special consideration is given to students currently attending institutions that do not offer Ph.D. programs

  • Students from underrepresented minority groups, women, persons with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply

Application Requirements: 

For more information, please contact Maeve Drummond Oakes, (