Summer 2021 Update: We received a large number of competitive applications for our Summer 2021 Aquatic Chemical Ecology program! Offers have been made and all the positions have now been filled. Best to everyone this summer. 
Co-directors Brian Hammer and Martial Taillefert



The Program

Aquatic Chemical Ecology (ACE) at Georgia Tech is a summer research program supported by the National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program. ACE at Georgia Tech gives you the opportunity to perform exciting research with our faculty in the schools of Biological Sciences, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. You'll participate in research with one or more of our faculty, learn about careers in science and engineering, and see how scientists blend knowledge and skills from physics, chemistry and biology to investigate some of the most challenging problems in environmental sciences. We encourage applications from undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., especially attending universities other than Georgia Tech. The following three areas comprise the research activities covered by faculty in the Aquatic Chemical Ecology program: 

  • Area 1. Biological and geochemical transformations of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems.
  • Area 2. Sensory biology and ecology of aquatic chemical communication.
  • Area 3. Ecological roles and consequences of chemicals in aquatic environments.



Our NSF-sponsored summer research program places you with a faculty mentor for a 10-week summer period spanning from Sunday May 16th, 2021 to Friday, July 23rd, 2021. You'll design a research project, carry it out and present the results to the professors and students in a final symposium. You will receive a stipend amount of $7000. To live on campus safely, you will also be provided an individual bedroom with shared kitchen facilities in an environment that is committed to social distancing, face covering, and on-campus surveillance testing. 

Our faculty (in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Biological Sciences) form a core group with a strong history of working together on joint research grants in this area, with the skills required to guide undergraduates in basic and applied research on multiple phases of chemical signaling processes.


The Online Application deadline is March 1st, 2021 at 5:00 PM Eastern. The application process requires you to complete the following:

+ An Application Form 
+ An Essay of Interest 
+ Two (2) Recommendation Letters (an upload link will be emailed to the recommender's email address entered on your application)

In a nutshell...

What: REU Aquatic Chemical Ecology at Georgia Tech 
When: 10 weeks from May 16 through July 23
Stipend: $7000 
Room: Provided 
Deadline: March 1st  @ 5 PM Eastern 
Contact: Benita Black - 

Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences located in Arlington, VA. (OCE-1851723) The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.

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