Georgia Tech Summer Theory Program

Georgia Tech will host its annual Summer Theory Program as part of its National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in chemistry and biochemistry. During the ten week REU program, students will conduct research in the groups of Georgia Tech Chemistry faculty. The program is open to students who will be in their junior or senior years during the next academic year. Successful applicants will receive a stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus dormitory housing. More information on the Georgia Tech REU program may be found here. REU students who are interested in theoretical chemistry will take part in the Summer Theory Program, which supplements the research experience with a a series of introductory lectures in theoretical chemistry at the undergraduate level. Summer research projects in the areas of dynamics and electronic structure theory are available in the groups of Professors Jesse McDaniel, David Sherrill, and Jean-Luc Bredas. Students will have access to clusters with over 1000 compute cores hosted by the Center for Computational Molecular Science and Technology.

Research Projects

The primary goal of the Georgia Tech REU Program is for undergraduates to gain experience with chemical research by becoming active members of research groups for the summer. Each student will be assigned an independent research project to be carried out with the assistance of his or her faculty advisor and their research group. Additionally, interactions between the theoretical research groups will be encouraged and will provide a much broader educational experience. It is intended that each summer project will be published in one of the standard journals for theoretical chemistry.

Lecture Series in Theoretical Chemistry

Throughout the summer, introductory lectures on theoretical chemistry will be presented at the advanced undergraduate level to give students background information for their projects and to allow them to better understand how their research fits into the larger picture of theoretical chemistry. In the past, we have covered topics such as these.


Applicants should be entering their junior or senior years of college next academic year. The deadline is usually in early-mid February. See the Georgia Tech REU page for more details. Please signify your interest in the Summer Theory Program on your application.