Application Period is now Closed. Applicant portal will open late November/Early December.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Chemistry (SUROC) provides students from outside* the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill an opportunity to engage in hands-on cutting-edge research in our state of the art facilities. This is an opportunity to experience Carolina Chemistry, recognized by ACS as one of the top ten graduate programs.


During the 10 weeks of research, students will be exposed to the various facets of independent research. A small cohort of 10 students will work together building a strong scholarly foundation.  The experience will be heightened with the opportunities outside the hands-on laboratory work: site visits to large pharmaceutical and small startup companies; introduction to scientific entrepreneurship; experience presenting scientific research; training in research ethics; and exposure to chemical equipment and facilities.

Dates | Details

  • May 25- July 30, 2020 (Dates are approximate. Exact dates will be determined)
  • 10 weeks of hands-on research with UNC Chemistry faculty, postdoctoral associates and graduate students
  • Special seminars related to presenting scientific research and writing scholarly abstracts and papers
  • Workshops related to graduate programs and professional development skills
  • Social activities: Durham Bulls Game, Bowling, Movies, Defy Gravity
  • Participation in a research symposium at the end of summer where you will be required to present your research in either a poster or oral presentation

Stipend | Travel | Housingseminar

  • $5,000 stipend
  • Travel to campus available up to $500
  • On-campus housing provided in Ram Village Apartments
  • Meal stipend

Eligibility | Requirements 

  • Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Rising Juniors or Seniors, exceptional rising Sophomores will be considered
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Chemistry Majors or relevant coursework with a strong emphasis in chemistry
  • Women, students with disabilities, and underrepresented minority students (defined by NSF as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions | Application Materials


*Please note- Any student who is currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (full or part-time) is ineligible to apply.

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