Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Registration for the Summer 2018 program has closed, check back in the fall for 2019 details!

CSP Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The CSP will provide up to 13 full-time research positions to undergraduate students during the summer of 2018.  Positions may be available at the University of Minnesota, the University of California–Berkeley, Northwestern University, Cornell University, and the University of Chicago.

For example research topics, view previous participants and projects.

Who can apply:

This program is open to undergraduate students in science and engineering majors, preferably chemistry, chemical engineering, or materials science. Underrepresented and multicultural students are strongly encouraged to apply (e.g. female, genderqueer, transgender, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, disability, or veteran of the US Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard).

Program details:


  • June 4th – August 10th, 2018 (10 weeks)
  • Full-time commitment to extensive lab work
  • Accommodations can be made for semesters ending later than 6/4

Stipend and Housing

  • $5000 stipend
  • Campus housing (or housing stipend, depending on site)
  • Meal allowance
  • Travel reimbursement up to $500
  • Travel grant to present research at national conference

How to apply:

The application for the 2018 program has closed. Check back in Fall of 2018 for details about the Summer 2019 program.”

A complete application consists of an online application form with the following materials:

Application Materials

  • Statement of purpose: 500-word (maximum) statement describing why you wish to participate in this program, any previous research experiences, and your career goals.
  • 1 Letter of recommendation: submitted as a PDF file or on official university letterhead directly from a faculty member whom you have had as an instructor or for independent study.
  • Resume
  • Transcript: unofficial transcripts are accepted

Application Help Guides


Questions about the application should be submitted via email to Jennifer Henderson (