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Dublin City University/KU Exchange Program

Since 2013, the Chemistry Departments at KU and Dublin City University  in Dublin, Ireland have maintained a summer undergraduate research exchange program.   Each summer one KU Chemistry major is selected to spend 10 weeks performing intensive research at DCU, while we provide the same opportunity for a chemical sciences major from DCU. 

Please note: the 2021 KU Dublin City University REU Exchange Program has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect the program to be reinstated for summer 2022.

Dates for the Summer 2021 Program** Monday, May 24 -  Friday, July 30.

Intent to Apply Deadline: Sunday, February 7, 2021 (email Betsy Carlson)

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM

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**Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic may affect the 2021 Exchange program, including room and board specifications, travel restrictions, social distancing and face covering requirements, and other safety protocols within the labs. We will keep you up to date with any COVID-19 related changes to the program as we receive them.

Application materials include:

  1. A one (1) page essay/personal statement outlining your academic qualifications
  2. Your current resume or CV
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf, at least one of them from a Chemistry Department faculty member.

Please submit all application materials to the UG Program Administrator, Betsy Carlson.


The selected KU participant will interface with the KU Office of Study Abroad & Global Engagement to make intertnational travel arrangements and participate in training. 

The program grew out of a long-term collaboration between Professors Craig and Sue Lunte at KU, and Professor Blánaid White at DCU. 

Previous DCU Exchange Program Participants:                                                

Year KU Participant DCU Participant
2021 n/a - program cancelled n/a - program cancelled
2020 Megan Hegarty*  
2019 Tyler Nguyen Darragh Adelaide
2018 Eleanor Stewart-Jones Geldon Sherifi
2017 Emmaline Lorenzo Mark Craven
2016 Brooks Hidaka Fergal O’Donnell
2015 Collin Clay Esha Abbi
2014 Hilary Straub Stephen Foley
2013 Mitchell Newton Robert Murphy
*unable to participate due to COVID-19 travel restrictions








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