Our Lando/National Science Foundation (NSF) Summer Research Program is for outstanding national and international undergraduate students. It is designed to encourage students in the chemical sciences to learn more about research in chemistry, and provide them with the opportunity to work in a lab under the direction of a faculty member. We offer a variety of professional and social events for participants throughout the summer.

Applications accepted from students in their sophomore or junior years of undergraduate study in chemistry or closely related fields. This is an international competition.

Application deadline
February 1, 2017

2017 Program dates
June 5 to August 11, 2017

Domestic fellows

  • You receive a stipend of $7,400 and a travel allowance of up to $400.
    • The $7,400 stipend is paid in two installments throughout the summer (the first installment of $3,700 will be paid upon arrival).
    • You may either live on-campus or off campus. On-campus cost for a dormitory is approximately $1,800 for the 10-week period.
  • Your appointment begins, Monday, June 5, 2017, and runs for 10 weeks, ending Friday, August 11, 2017.
    • Monday, June 5 is reserved for moving into a residence.
    • Your research assignment commences, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
  • During the last week, you participate in a poster session with other summer research students at the McNamara Memorial Center.
    • Funds up to $800 are available for travel to a national meeting during the following year to present the results of your summer research.

Foreign fellows

  • If you are a foreign student coming to the program from outside of the U.S., you are required to stay in housing on campus.
    • This cost (~$1,800) will be covered for you.
    • The corresponding stipend will be ~$5,600 so that the total is the same as for the domestic students.
  • A travel allowance for international travel of up to $750 will be provided.  

Lando/NSF Application

Commitment to Diversity
The Department of Chemistry is united in the belief that diversity in all of its forms is good. Collaboration among people of all cultures and backgrounds enhances our experience as scientists and contributes to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. We strive to promote a climate that celebrates our differences and strengthens our department by embracing and working to increase our diversity.

About the Lando Program
This program was initiated in 1973 with funds from a bequest to the University in honor of Maximillian Nandor Lando, a 1902 chemistry graduate of the University of Minnesota. It is presently supported by a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant of the National Science Foundation.


    • Lando/NSF Summer Research Program
    • 115 Smith Hall
    • Nick Erickson, Lando/NSF Summer Research Program Coordinator
    • chmlando@umn.edu
    • (612) 624-0026