College of Science & Engineering

Apply to CHEM's REU Prog.

Applying to the Chemistry REU Program

Complete applications are due by April 1, 2020 (including reference letters).

You must complete three activities to apply:

  1. Submit an application form online: Click here for application 
  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 2019 semester/quarter, rounded to the nearest hundredth.
  2. A one-page personal statement—saved as a .pdf—which discusses the following:
    • Why you would like to participate in WWU’s Chemistry REU Program
    • List of the top 3 faculty you would like to work with in our department (see website links below)
    • Any previous research experience you may have (but you are not required to have previous experience) 
    • Your long-term career goals
    • If you are a community college student, discuss your plans for transferring to a 4-year school
  3. Your unofficial transcript—saved as a .pdf—which includes final grades for all Fall 2019 courses and includes classes for which you are registered for the Winter/Spring 2020 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, computational). 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 2020 program:




Steven Emory (Analytical & Materials Chemistry)
Ying Bao (Nanomaterials)
David Rider (Polymer Chemistry & Engineering)
David Patrick (Materials, Physical, & Analytical Chemistry)
Mark Bussell (Catalysis & Surface Chemistry)


Robert Berger (Computational & Theoretical Chemistry)
Tim Kowalczyk (Computational & Theoretical Chemistry)