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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.

Curious to learn more about this program? Check out our informational Removing the Barriers video. Demograpic information of our participants, as well as program assessment, assessment tools, and other data can be found on our Open Science Framwork (OSF) site.

Our final symposium for summer 2021 is July 29-30.  CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE AND ABSTACT BOOK.

Interested in applying? Please fill out this form for chemistry research students and this form for ASL interpreting students. Review of applications begins March 1.


Student Participation

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 and food is available for all positions. Students traveling a great distance to the program may also request funds to defray travel expenses.

Interested chemistry research students should fill out this applicationASL interpreting students should fill out this application.

Faculty Participation

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. Christine Hughey ( and Dr. Isaiah Sumner ( for more information on how to apply.

Past REU Experiences

During the 2019 and 2021 REUs, 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.

REU Publications

For a complete list of all publications produced from our REU program, click either of the links below. 


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

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