Chemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Project

In this six-week course you will work with University academics to complete an independent research project in Chemistry. Guided by your supervisor, you will be lab-based, carrying out experiments and conducting tests to support your research. You will learn new practical skills and techniques, and gain experience of analysing data. You will also attend weekly research seminars, developing your research skills and knowledge, and immersing yourself in International Summer School research community.

Your project will see you using University’s outstanding research facilities, as well as working with our world-class academic staff. You will work closely with your supervisor to produce a scientific report and give an oral presentation of your work to your peers.

To begin with, you will prepare a summary of the known literature around your project in collaboration with your supervisor. You will get to know, analyse and evaluate the literature related to your project, and develop the skills required to carry out research in your specialist area.

A range of topics are available, and these will be confirmed before applications open on in January 2024. You will be required to indicate your top three choices on your application.

Please note: Places on this course are extremely limited and applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis. If demand dictates, we will open a waiting list for this course. For more information, please contact us:

Students from Arcadia University and the University of Minnesota should apply via this webpage. 

What you will learn

Course aim:

To provide an opportunity to undertake a research project and present the results both in the form of a research article and as an oral presentation.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Prepare a preliminary list of goals to be achieved during the project in collaboration with your project supervisor.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the literature related to the research project.
  • Demonstrate research skills appropriate to the area of specialisation.
  • Deliver a short talk, giving the background to the project and summarising its key outcomes.
  • Write a cogent, clear and concise written report summarising their findings and/or the state of research in your chosen field.

Teaching pattern

Full time for 6 weeks, lab-based.

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent). 
  • You should be currently enrolled at an international higher education institution.
  • You should be a Chemistry major (or a related subject). 

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5  (if English is not an applicant’s first language) and a GPA of not less than 3.0
  • We also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more.

Past Research Projects

For summer 2024, a range of research topics will be avaliable and these will be confirmed before applications open in January. To give you an idea of what to expect, these are the topics from 2023:

  1. Single Molecule Spectroscopy of Light Emitting Materials - Dr Gordon Hedley
  2. Design and Assembly of Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Molecular Chalcogenide Architectures - Dr Haralampos Miras
  3. Formation of Supramolecular Noodles - Professor Dave Adams
  4. Synthesis of Photoresponsive Gelling Agents - Professor Dave Adams
  5. Exploring the assembly of an artificial life form - Professor Lee Cronin
  6. Chemputing for discovery and synthesis of molecules - Professor Lee Cronin
  7. Finding aliens using assembly theory - Professor Lee Cronin
  8. Exploring the self-assembly of inorganic structure - Professor Lee Cronin
  9. Towards the development of novel heterogeneous catalysts for ammonia synthesis - Professor Justin Hargreave
  10. Discovering new chemical reactions in a new computer-controlled reactor with no walls - Dr Hessam Mehr

To help you choose your preferred project (please indicate your top three on your application form), please look at each supervisor’s webpage, linked above.

If you have any questions, please email Prof Justin Hargreaves: