Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The application for the 2021 program has closed

CSP Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The CSP will provide up to 16 full-time research positions to undergraduate students during the summer.  Positions may be available at the University of Minnesota, the University of California–Berkeley, Northwestern University, Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of South Dakota.

The status of the 2021 summer program will be contingent to COVID-19 restrictions. If feasible, we will have an in-person program. Program structure (in-person, virtual) is subject to change as the pandemic progresses.

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. Program participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Historically excluded 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 1st – August 6th, 2021 (10 weeks)
  • Full-time commitment to extensive lab work
  • Accommodations can be made for semesters ending later than 6/1

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 2021 program closed on February 1. Please check back in the fall for more information about the 2022 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 McCambridge (