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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

UBC Chemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Awards

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to offer summer research opportunities for outstanding undergraduate students. These awards are meant to stimulate interest in research in chemistry, and to provide opportunities to gain research experience in an academic setting. Two types of awards are available, USRA and SURS, with differing eligibility and application procedures.  The normal duration of these awards is 16 consecutive weeks with students working at UBC from the end of April or the beginning of May until approximately the end of August. Projects in all areas of chemical research are available. Applicants are encouraged to browse the Departmental website, particularly under the "Research" and "Faculty" links, to familiarize themselves with the breadth of research opportunities available. Students are also encouraged to contact specific faculty members whose research may be of particular interest, and inquire about appropriate summer projects.


For more information about deadlines, eligibility, and application procedures check 
                        UBC Chemistry Summer Research Awards.


Pfizer La Jolla 2015 Chemistry Summer Internship Program

We are looking for motivated undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in gaining experience in organic chemistry. Students will be exposed to drug discovery in a pharmaceutical research setting for 12 weeks during the summer (start date flexible). Preferred applicants will have completed an introductory organic chemistry course (including laboratory section) and have prior experience doing research in an organic chemistry laboratory. The applicant should be comfortable working independently as well as in a team. Responsibilities will include: literature research (use of SciFinder and Reaxys), multi-step substrate synthesis, reaction development and optimization, compound purification, and product analysis (TLC, NMR, LCMS).

Eligibility Requirements:

To participate in the 2012 Student Worker Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be legally authorized to work in the US and not require immigration sponsorship
  • Be at least 18 years of age prior to the scheduled start date
  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the period of time immediately following the summer program (Fall 2012 semester)
  • Pass a drug screen and background check prior to the start date
  • Have participated in this program for less than two summers

For more information and to apply go to:


and send your resume to

Deadline for applications is March 6, 2015


Inorganic Chemistry Exchange (ICE)

Contact Person: Prof Jennifer Love
Application Deadline November 04, 2016
Application Forms are available from the ICE Website:  www.inorganicchemistryexchange.ca

Applications must be submitted electronically to Dr. Jennifer Love at .

ICE is a summer student exchange program for undergraduate students in chemistry, who will have completed the equivalent of two or three full years of study as of the end of the school year in which they apply. Successful applicants will be awarded summer employment in the research group of an ICE group member at one of the participating institutions (not their own), and a small travel allowance. The ICE Network is a collection of scientists at eleven institutions in Canada, whose research embraces the study of inorganic chemistry. The research interests of the individuals in the group vary substantially: there's a whole periodic table out there! All group members are committed to providing dedicated undergraduate students with opportunities to carry out original research and gain hands-on experience in the use of modern synthetic and instrumental techniques for the study of inorganic materials and reactions. At the end of the summer, all ICE scholars and their advisors get together for a two day conference that focuses on both science and social activities.


RISE Student Exchange

Contact Person:  Prof Pierre Kennepohl
Application Deadline for 2017 is 5pm on November 7, 2016

Full application package includes:
1. RISE Application Form
2. A copy of your current academic transcript (an unofficial transcript is fine);
3. A letter of reference (to be emailed directly to )

Submit to: Prof Pierre Kennepohl by e-mail: 

The Reactive Intermediates Student Exchange (RISE) program affords summer research scholarships to undergraduate students who will have completed the equivalent of two or three full years of study toward a BSc degree in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, or Biochemistry by the summer in which they will participate. Every year, RISE Scholarships are awarded for students to travel to another location and participate in chemical research. RISE Scholars receive a summer stipend and reimbursement for their travel to/from their host institution. A highlight of the program is the annual RISE Conference held at the end of each summer, where the RISE Scholars gather with their supervisors at one of the host institutions to present their summer research. In the summer of 2016, the conference will be held in Calgary. [www.risecanada.ca]