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We are currently accepting applications for the summer 2021 REU program!

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at JMU hosts an REU site that integrates Deaf, hearing and sign language interpreting students in chemical research. Participants include students and faculty from JMU and outside institutions that serve Deaf students or institutions that do not have extensive research infrastructure. JMU faculty members provide research opportunities in all major sub-disciplines of chemistry. In addition, students participate in a series of professional development activities aimed at enhancing effective science communication with other chemists, scientists in other disciplines, the public and those with communication disorders. 

Watch the videos below to learn more about our progam.

VIDEO: Removing the Barriers (2:02) - learn about the JMU Chemistry REU program

VIDEO: NMR@JMU (3:38) - learn about the Shenandoah Valley Regional NMR Facility

During the 2019 REU, our students were challenged to develop an "elevator pitch" to describe their research. Students and faculty voted on the videos. The winners are posted below and they are not only great pitches, but they are a testament to the breadth of research done at our REU.


  • Each summer positions are available for undergraduate students in chemistry (or a related discipline) and undergraduate students in American Sign Language (ASL). Students in ten week positions (Chemistry & ASL interpreting students) will receive a stipend for full participation.  Housing is available for all positions. Students traveling a great distance to the program may also request funds to defray travel expenses.


  • Each summer we invite visiting faculty members (sometimes paired with a student from their home institution) to conduct research full time with undergraduate students during the 10 week program.  If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please email Dr. Kevin Caran ( and Dr. Christine Hughey ( for more information on how to apply.


ANY QUESTIONS? Please email the JMU REU directors, Dr. Kevin Caran ( and Dr. Christine Hughey (  Questions about the ASL positions may be directed to Judy Johnson Bradley, RID Certified Interpreter and ASL-interpreting mentor ( 


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been the recipient of National Science Foundation funding through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program since 1990. Since 2000, JMU has hosted REU sites in materials science, biology and mathematics. The REU site is a 10 week program in which students work in a research lab along with a faculty mentor.


The JMU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department hosts an NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates ten week research program. In this project funded by the Chemistry Division, James Madison University’s (JMU) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides research opportunities for regional, and deaf and hard of hearing students.  The REU site provides opportunities for undergraduate students who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to perform summer research. The students include those from JMU as well as students from outside institutions that do not have extensive research infrastructure.  All undergraduate researchers have access to an extensive range of research opportunities in a broad range of disciplines including biophysical, organic, environmental, inorganic and materials chemistry.  Undergraduate interpreting students, working under the direction of a professional interpreter, research topics relevant to the challenges of interpreting in a scientific environment.  All students participate in novel research, seminars, group meetings, writing papers, presentations and social events focused on increasing interaction between all participants.  All students will gain valuable experiences that will aid in their future careers in the sciences. External faculty participants from regional colleges can impact and expand the research culture at their home institutions.

JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry, NSF funded Publications & Presentations, 2010 - Aug 2014

JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry, Presentations & Publications, Sep 2014 - Aug 2017 (separated into NSF-funded and non-NSF-funded)

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