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Welcome to UNC Chapel Hill Chemistry!


Applications were due February 15. Letters of recommendation are accepted through March 1.


Due to COVID-19, our Summer 2021 program may be held virtually. We are closely monitoring the situation and will make a decision this spring. 


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. Outside of professional development, our cohorts have no-cost weekend adventures to explore the many activities the Triangle Area of NC has to offer.


Dates | Details  

2021 tentative dates: May 24 – July 30

  • Summer 2021 may be held virtually. We will assess the situation and make a decision in early Spring. 
  • 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, and more
  • 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 | Housing

  • $5,000 stipend
  • Travel to campus available up to $400
  • On-campus housing provided in Ram Village Apartments
  • Meal stipend (on-site only)

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 Feb. 15
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*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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