Research Experiences for Undergraduates


For current UChicago students:

James R. Norris, Jr. Grant for Undergraduate Summer Research in Chemistry

The James R. Norris, Jr. Grant for Undergraduate Summer Research in Chemistry is named in honor of Dr. James R. Norris, Jr., the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry (retired). The purpose of the competitive Norris grant is to recognize an outstanding first-year student in the College who makes a substantial commitment to the performance of full-time summer research in the Department of Chemistry. Recipients of the Norris grant are expected to develop and perform a dedicated research project which could be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.

The Beckman Scholars Program

The Beckman Scholars Program in Molecular Sciences provides students in the College the best opportunity to develop the skills that will promote their success during graduate and post-graduate training and begin building tools for independence and leadership. In addition to working in the laboratory of a UChicago mentor students will meet regularly with other undergraduate researchers on campus to develop judgment, insight and critical thinking skills. The Beckman Scholars Program is aimed towards current second-year students in the College, or third-years who commit to working in his/her mentor’s lab for two full summers.

Computer Science

The Student Summer Research Fellowship Program administered under the Computer Science Department aims at recruiting a group of highly motivated undergraduate students from select partner universities to join the faculty-led research groups and conduct research at UChicago in the summer. During the 8-week program period, each student will spend their work time with one faculty member and his/her research team to conduct research. In addition, the program will organize group-based team building activities, workshops, group projects etc. that will expose students to the larger UChicago academic community.

Center for Data and Computing (CDAC)

The Data & Computing Summer Lab is an immersive 10-week paid summer research program at the University of Chicago. In the program, high school and undergraduate students are paired with a data science mentor in various domains, including: computer science, data science, social science, climate and energy policy, public policy, materials science, and biomedical research. Through this pairing the research assistant will engage with and hone their skills in research methodologies, practices, and teamwork. CDAC encourages participation from a broad range of students, and requires no prior research experience to apply.


In this program, students have the opportunity for intensive study and research in mathematics. Students participate in at least one of several courses taught by Department of Mathematics faculty members and are mentored by Department of Mathematics graduate students. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for students to be involved in a deeper experience in mathematics than is usually available during the academic quarters. This program is especially beneficial for undergraduates who are considering graduate study and research in mathematics. 


The University of Chicago Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Physics, supported by the National Science Foundation offers undergraduates the opportunity to gain research experience working in the laboratory or research group of a Physics Department faculty member. The program encourages participation by members of underrepresented minority groups and women. Supplementing this valuable practical experience, faculty and graduate students present special lectures to provide an overview of the wide-ranging research conducted in the department. 


The MRSEC REU, administered jointly with the Physics REU program, aims to provide opportunities for students to do leading-edge research in physics and materials science full-time during the summer, with an emphasis on providing opportunities to underrepresented students who may pursue a career in research. Possible research areas include experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics and materials chemistry, nanoscience, biophysics, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, complex fluids and polymers, optical spectroscopy of materials, and atomic physics.