Apply to CHEM's REU Prog.

Applying to the Chemistry REU Program

Complete applications are due by April 1, 2017.

You must complete three activities to apply:

  1. Submit an application form online. The application form can be accessed here
  2. Compose an email to Use the following subject line in your application email: "your last name, WWU REU Application." In this email, attach 
    (a) your personal statement (.pdf file), and
    (b) your unofficial transcript (.pdf file).
  3. Arrange for two letters of reference (.pdf file preferred) from academic faculty or equivalent to be sent by email to Please ask your letter writers to use the following subject line their email: "Your last name, REU reference letter." 


The following items will be required for your application, which are also listed on the application itself:

  1. Your cumulative GPA, which includes your grades for the Fall 2016 semester/quarter, rounded to the nearest hundredth.
  2. A one-page personal statement—saved as a .pdf—which
    • details why you would like to participate in WWU’s Summer Chemistry REU Program
    • describes any previous research experience you may have, and 
    • discusses your long-term career goals.
  3. Your unofficial transcript—saved as a .pdf—which includes final grades for all Fall 2016 courses and includes classes for which you are registered for the Spring 2017 semester.
  4. The name and contact information for two references who will submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. After you submit your application, have your references send their letters to the email address with the subject line: Your last name, REU reference letter.
  5. Your preferred area of research (synthetic, biochemistry, materials). Descriptions of each faculty’s research may be found on the websites for Chemistry Department and Western Washington University.  The following faculty are available for the Summer 2017 program:


James Vyvyan (Organic Chemistry)
Gregory O’Neil (Organic Chemistry)
Amanda Murphy (Organic & Materials Chemistry)
John Gilbertson (Inorganic & Materials Chemistry)
Margaret Scheuerman (Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry)


Clint Spiegel (Nucleic Acids & Proteins)
Spencer Anthony-Cahill (Proteins)
Sergey Smirnov (Nucleic Acids & Proteins)
John Antos (Biochemical Organic Chemistry)


Steven Emory (Analytical & Materials Chemistry)
Robert Berger (Computational & Theoretical Chemistry)
Tim Kowalczyk (Computational & Theoretical Chemistry)
David Rider (Polymer Chemistry & Engineering)
David Patrick (Materials, Physical, & Analytical Chemistry)
Mark Bussell (Catalysis & Surface Chemistry)