Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform applicants that our ACE REU program at Georgia Tech this summer will be canceled. This is disappointing for all of us, but necessary to ensure the safety of all involved. Our program offers substantial wet lab and field activities and a cohort experience that we felt could not be executed remotely. We intend to offer the program again next summer. If this fits your plans please consider applying for the 2021 ACE REU. Take care and stay safe.  
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 May 21 to July 27. From Georgia Tech in Atlanta Georgia, 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, plus accommodations of individual bedrooms with shared kitchen facilities will be provided.

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 February 15th 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 17 through July 24
Stipend: $7000 
Room: Provided 
Deadline: February 15th @ 5 PM Eastern 
Contact: Benita Black - REU.Coordinator@biosci.gatech.edu 

Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences located in Arlington, VA. (1559923) The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.
Undergraduate Info

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