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CLP Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium Award

A Northwestern undergraduate research award

Program dates: Late-October 2020 – June 10, 2021
Application due October 14, 2019 by 5:00PM.  Download the Application here.

The Chemistry of Life Processes Institute invites Northwestern undergraduates to apply for a $1,000 grant designed to provide a student or team of students with support for interdisciplinary research with a CLP faculty member. The funds are designated for the purchase of scientific supplies and registration and travel costs to the Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) in April 2021.

For all questions, please contact penelope.johnson@northwestern.edu


Applicants must be Northwestern undergraduates. Research must be conducted with a CLP faculty member. Preference given to rising juniors and seniors. Students must conduct their research with a CLP faculty member. Previous lab experience is suggested. Applicants will be selected based upon their academic achievements and scientific interests.  We typically fund one student each year.


  • Completed application form. Click here to download the form.
  • A one-page, single-sided proposal describing the research you would conduct if selected for this program. Include title of project centered at top of the page. Use a standard 10 to 12 point font. A second page is allowed for figures and/or references.
  • A letter of recommendation from a CLP faculty member.


Those in a lab: Contact your PI at least three weeks in advance of the application due date for her/his assistance with developing a proposal and asking for your letter of recommendation.

Those who are looking to join a lab: Once you have an idea of whose lab you would like to join, reach out to the faculty member to set up a meeting. Plan on doing this at least four weeks before the application due date.  Additionally, Northwestern’s Office for Undergraduate Research has a great website with resources on how to find a lab, develop a project, and working with faculty. http://undergradresearch.northwestern.edu/develop-project 

Projects may include research in the following areas:

  • Chemistry
    • Organic Synthesis
    • Inorganic Synthesis
    • Spectroscopy
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Catalysis
    • Theory
  • Chemical Engineering
    • Polymer
    • Chemistry
    • Polymer Physics
    • Catalysis
    • Biochemical Engineering
    • Biomaterials
    • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science
    • Metals
    • Biomaterials
    • Electronic Materials
    • Ceramics
    • Polymers
    • Computational
  • Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Cell Biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Structural Biology
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Biophysics
    • Hormone Action
    • and Signal Transduction
    • Genetics and Developmental Biology
  • Physics
    • Experimental Condensed Matter
    • Theoretical Condensed Matter
    • Lasers

Projects can include use of the following facilities:


The research award allows the student to participate in research independent of the regular curriculum for two quarters. The students are required to:

  • Perform two quarters of research
  • Present a research poster or give an oral presentation at the Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 2020.

The students are highly encouraged to actively participate in:

  • CLP Lunch & Learns
  • CLP-sponsored workshops
  • Institute-sponsored symposia