Home > Undergraduate Program > Undergraduate Research & Other Opportunities

Undergraduate Research & Other Opportunities

The faculty has active research programs in many of the most exciting and important fields of chemical engineering. Undergraduate students participate in research in each of these areas, and the faculty encourage all students to consider taking advantage of this resource and enrich their education by participating in projects that are intended to lead to new discoveries.

Undergraduate students in laboratoryThrough original research, students learn new experimental, computational, and theoretical skills that can help both in their class work and in their future careers. Research also provides an opportunity for students to experience, while still undergraduates, the challenges, expectations, and excitement that would occur if they chose a career path that included graduate school followed by academic or industrial research.

If you are interested in participating in undergraduate research for course credit, please submit the UG Research Request Form (use ND Google account).

More information on undergraduate research in CBE can be found here.

Research for Course Credit

CBE 48901 - Undergraduate Research

A research project at the undergraduate level under the supervision of a faculty member.

CBE 48902 - Advanced Undergraduate Research

This course is intended for students with previous research experience and requires at least one credit of 48901 as a prerequisite. It requires a written final report. This course will count as a technical or engineering elective.

CBE 48903 - Undergraduate Thesis

This course requires a written thesis document that is defended to a committee of faculty. At least one credit of 48901 research is a prerequisite, although several semesters are recommended. This course will count in place of a chemical engineering elective. 



November 2014:

AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA

Biomedical Engineering Society, Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference Hosted by Wayne State 


Research Experience for Undergraduates

Please check out the NSF website to search for a complete list of REU programs nationwide. Below are a few of the REUs and other research internships that are relevant to CBE students. Check again later for updates.

Scholarship Opportunities

American Public Power Association- Up to $2,000 for students interested in an Energy Career. Deadline: Feb. 15 & Oct. 15

Other opportunities; jobs & internships

  • Federal Government chemical engineering jobs, nationwide: USAjobs.gov
  • Ryan Kavanagh
    ​, ​
    Facilities Engineer, Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Facilities
    ​ ​
    Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
    ​ is looking for interns.​  
Call for Applications--SCI Scholars Summer Industrial Internships for Undergraduates
We are pleased to announce the sixth year of the summer internship program, SCI Scholars, for chemistry and chemical engineering undergraduates. SCI Program Flyer PDF
The program is a joint effort of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) America International Group, the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and was developed to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry.
Exceptional sophomores and juniors with a GPA of at least 3.5 and who are majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering are encouraged to apply.
Program details:
  • Over thirty scholars will be chosen for internship positions in the summer of 2015.
  • SCI Scholars will receive $6,000-$10,000+ for a ten-week internship.
  • Students will be awarded a certificate and an additional $1,000, which can be used for any purpose, such as participation at an ACS or AIChE meeting.
  • Scholars nominate a high school chemistry teacher for recognition. Teachers will be awarded a certificate from SCI and $1,000, which can be used for professional development or classroom materials.
  • Applications are due December 19, 2014.
  • Interested students should visit www.acs.org/sci to fill out an application and get more information.

    Past Opportunities

    West Virginia Univeristy Center for Neruoscience Summer Internship Applications due by February 1, 2014

    Virginia Tech

    Bioprocess Engineering for Sustainability, Applications reviewed beginning February 1, 2014 until spots are filled. Still accepting apps as of 3/5

    University of Alabama, Birmingham

    Regional Initiative to Promote Undergraduate Participation in Experimental and Computational Materials Research, Application deadline March 15, 2014

    University of Alabama 

    Fluid Mechanics with Analysis Using Computations and Experiments March 14, 2014

    *new* Leveraging Computational Tools for Enhancing Engineering Innovation March 15th, 2014 Program Flier

    University of Kentucky

    Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices, Application Deadline February 14, 2014

    University of Wisconsin, Madison Application site, deadline February 15, 2014 Program Flier

    REU in Nanotechnology

    Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy

    Kansas State University (K State)

    Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) Applications due by February 14, 2014

    University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

    Ole Miss Physical Chemistry Research Program, Application Deadline February 24, 2014

    University of Pittsburgh

    Particle-based Functional Materials (PFM) Applications accepted until March 1, 2014

    University of Pittsburgh Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Final application deadline March 1, 2014

    Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

    Nanoscience and Engineering Applications due by February 15, 2014

    Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program (LARSS) Applications due by February 1, 2014

    LARSS Interactive Brochure    LARSS Flyer