The Chemistry FAST Program is a 10-week, interdisciplinary summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF CHE-1852511) and hosted by the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). The objective of the Chemistry FAST program is to provide a high-quality research experience, augmented by experiential learning components, for a diverse cadre of undergraduate students. The program will provide participants with encouragement and preparation to pursue advanced studies and/or careers in the sciences while emphasizing the importance of collaboration and interdisciplinarity in chemistry.

Program Summary

What: Chemistry FAST REU Program (In person on Georgia TEch’s campus, Summer 2022)When: 10 weeks from May 23 through July 29Stipend$6000Housing: ProvidedDeadline: February 28th, 2022 @ 5 PM EasternContact: Kenyetta.Johnson@chemistry.gatech.edu 

Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation (CHE-1852511).


Research Themes

The Chemistry FAST Program encompasses five interdisciplinary themes:

(i) Biological Systems and Medicinal Application (BSMA)

(ii) Catalysis, Energy and Sustainability (CES)

(iii) Materials Design and Application (MDA)

(iv) Nano- and Quantum-Scale Technologies (NQST)

(iv) Sensing, Imaging and Diagnostics (SID).

Themes are specifically grouped to encompass faculty, science and technologies that represent each component of function, application, structure, and theory (FAST). Each theme is further designed to offer research opportunities in all chemical areas while emphasizing how the different disciplines work together to address broader scientific challenges.

Previous Participants. The FAST Program’s target participants primarily come from institutions without a major research emphasis, including 2-year colleges. The FAST program ensures the enrollment of substantial numbers of women (more than 60%) and students from underrepresented groups (more than 40%), including minority students, first-generation students and LGBTQIA students.

Large Cohort Model. The Georgia Tech summer research enterprise through the College of Sciences and the 3M Foundation has been expanded to host up to 60 total summer undergraduate researchers each summer. More than 75% of these summer participants are housed together ensuring tremendous opportunities for bonding, networking, and social interactions. The FAST Program serves as the hub of the enterprise helping to organize and manage the general programmatic and training activities for the other summer REU programs and affiliated NSF CCIs.

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