"Green Chemistry in Colorful Colorado"

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program NSF CHE-1156932

Application for the UCCS "Green Chemistry in Colorful Colorado" REU program was open until March 1, 2014.    All slots have been filled for 2014.

REU imageThis NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program embraces a research projects of green chemistry. The program will begin on May 27 and end on August 1, 2014. and will support eight students per summer in a ten-week program. Projects for 2014 include:

  • the synthesis of polyfunctional ligands for environmental remediation
  • analysis of chlorogenic acid in peach skins
  • investigation of ruthenium molecules as water splitting photocatalysts
  • investigation of endocrine disrupting compounds in toddler products and tap water
  • thermodynamic and computational investigation of ligand-enzyme binding energies
  • aqueous click chemistry.

Students participate in a number of professional development activities including an ethics workshop, gain presentation skills, and attend a seminar on greener fireworks complete with demonstration.

The REU is located in beautiful Colorado Springs, on the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Hiking through the spacious Colorado Rockies on scenic hiking trails may be an appealing way for participants to spend their free time. The program will recruit regionally, with a particular focus on recruitment of students from institutions with limited or no research opportunities available, and students from underrepresented groups, especially those in tribal colleges in Colorado and regionally.

REU imageWe hope participation in the program will encourage students to complete their undergraduate education and continue on to graduate school. A major goal is to increase awareness of sustainability and Green Chemistry to the next generation of scientists to enhance our global competitiveness. We aim to create a life-long support community for REU students composed of the other REU students and faculty mentors, to help these students achieve their educational and career goals.

Student support for the 10-week UCCS REU Program consists of a $4500 stipend, free room in UCCS student housing and a round-trip travel allowance of $400. The Green Chemistry in Colorful Colorado REU site is located at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.