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Welcome to UNC Chapel Hill Chemistry!


Application now available (see link below).


lab3The 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 our 10-week program, students will conduct independent research under the mentorship of one of our world-class research faculty. Students can choose to work in a research laboratory in any of our five divisions: Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, Physical, or Polymer/Materials. A small cohort of students will work together building a strong scholarly foundation through weekly professional development experiences.  The program will provide additional opportunities outside 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. In addition to professional development, our cohorts have no-cost weekend adventures to explore the many activities the Triangle Area of NC has to offer.


Dates | Details  

2024 dates: 5/19/24 – 7/28/24

  • Hands-on research with UNC Chemistry faculty, postdoctoral associates and graduate students
  • Special seminars related to conducting, presenting and communicating scientific research
  • Workshops related to graduate programs and applications as well as professional development skills
  • Visits to local industries
  • Social activities: Durham Bulls Game, Morehead Planetarium, and more
  • Participation in a research symposium at the end of summer where you will be required to present your research in a poster presentation


  • $6000 Stipend
  • $1000 Food allowance
  • On-campus housing in Ram Village Apartments
  • Coverage of all instructional materials 


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

  • Instructions to apply can be found here.
  • Deadline is 11:59pm ET, Feb. 20, 2024
Click to apply


*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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