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About CheMIE

Basic Information

  • 10 week traditional research experience
  • 10 Faculty mentors in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Material Science/Polymers & Chemical Education
  • Immersive bi-weekly boot camp focused on training participants in key concepts of technology-based companies
  • Weekly professional development training
  • Students will receive a $5000 stipend and free room and board, including housing in campus dorms and a campus meal plan
  • Application and two letters of recommendation due by February 20, 2020

Professional Development

Development of emerging scientific professionals is a key focus of the CheMIE REU program. REU participants will be exposed to a wide range of topics in the professional development course.   This course will include topics such as scientific communication, applying to graduate school and jobs, being a scientist in industry, preparing CVs and cover letters, and ethics in research name a few.

Site Visits:

REU participants will visit the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI ; San Antonio, TX).  CheMIE REU participants will attend a presentation given by a SwRI principle investigator which will introduce them to SwRI’s vast collaborative chemical and biochemical research efforts with industry and government entities.  REU participants will be given a tour of SwRI’s chemistry and material science laboratories as well as their biochemical and pharmaceutical laboratories at this site.  This will allow participants to observe scientific research on a scale much larger than they typically will experience on an academic campus.

In addition to Southwest Research Institute, CheMIE REU participants will also visit STAR Park at Texas State University. STAR Park is Texas State University’s technology incubator for start-up and early-stage businesses and is a dedicated site for the university’s commercialization efforts in applied research.  Participants will view the different instrumentation and laboratories at the site as well as meet with a Texas State student-led tech start-up company and discuss the daily activities of a scientist in the tech-startup sector.

Integration of the REU participants with other groups at Texas State:

CheMIE REU participants will be part of a unique and diverse environment which will allow them to interact with student researchers at Texas State University.  Many of the CheMIE activities will be co-attended by different groups of research students at Texas State including students from Texas State’s societies/organizations including the Chemistry Club, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans (SACNAS), Society of Plastics Engineers, and Department of Computer Science NSF REU  student participants.  CheMIE REU participants will extensively network with aforementioned student groups as well as allow participants the opportunity to interact with students with different perspectives on research and academics.


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Award Number:1757843
The CheMIE is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1757843, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Engineering, and Material Science, Engineering and Commercialization Program at Texas State University-San Marcos.