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Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Chemistry for Community College Students


- Enrolled in a U.S. community college in Spring 2024. (If you are completing your program in Spring 2024, but are enrolled in a community college, you are still eligible to apply.)

- U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

- GPA > 3.0 (based on 4.0 scale)

- Complete all the application as described below.

- Be 18 years old by the start of the summer session

- Be available to commit full-time to the program

Application Process

1. Complete the online application form by February 23, 2024. Applications open December 14, 2023. [link to online application form]

2. Submit the following 3 materials to the Program Director through the online application:   

i) Cover letter (two page limit): introduce yourself, explain your interest in STEM research, your career plans, and how participating in the ODU REU program could help you in your degree program and/or your future pursuits. If you are thinking of taking the MCAT, indicate when you plan to do so. 

ii) Resume (two-page limit): include education history (post-secondary), employment history, any academic achievements, research experience, skills, and other special qualifications.

iii) Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. Photocopies are acceptable. 


3. Arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent to the Program Director ( At least one letter must come from one of your community college chemistry instructors. Letters should be received by Mar 15, 2024.

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