It’s a wrap!

We had an outstanding cohort of students for our Aquatic Chemical Ecology program this summer!

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 ACE NSF-sponsored summer research program places you with a faculty mentor for a 10-week summer period spanning from Sunday May 21st, 2023 to Friday July 28, 2023. 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 structured based on CDC, state and federal guidelines regarding social distancing, face covering, on-campus surveillance testing​, and vaccinations. Your summer cohort will engage in activities specific to ACE, but also interact and be co-housed with participants in five other College of Sciences REU programs.

Our ACE 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 1, 2023 at 5:00 PM Eastern. The application process requires you to complete the following:

  1. An Application Form
  2. An Essay of Interest
  3. 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 May21 through July 28
Stipend: $7000
Room: Provided
Deadline: March 1, 2023 @ 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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