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Chemical Bonding Fellows Program

To provide a collaborative opportunity for chemistry faculty and URG chemistry majors from largely undergraduate HBCUs, HSIs, and MSIs, up to three chemistry faculty from those institutions will be invited to partner with their counterparts on the MIT chemistry faculty on research projects of mutual interest.  The pilot program is expected to commence in the summer of 2021. With a successful model established and sufficient funding, additional partnerships can be anticipated for future years.

Up to three rising 3rd year students or non-graduating seniors will be selected by the HBCU/ HSI or other MSI to spend 9 weeks in the MIT Chemistry Department during the summer, carrying out the pertinent research. The selection process will ensure that the candidates are in good standing, have a demonstrated interest in basic research and an interest in a career in the sciences.

The visiting students, otherwise known as Chemical Bonding Fellows (CBFs), under the supervision of their joint Principal Investigators (PIs), will conduct their research in the MIT chemistry laboratories. A mentor (postdoc or senior graduate student) will be assigned to each fellow for the duration. Travel costs, accommodations, health insurance, and a weekly stipend will be provided by the pilot program that will also cover the costs for the CBFs to participate in the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP)’s educational and social activities.

The CBFs’ respective home faculty advisors will be invited to visit the MIT Chemistry Department during the program when they will be hosted by chemistry faculty. Funds for the advisors of the CBFs will be provided to cover the cost of airfare and up to three nights at a local hotel. The expectation is that this will allow for two days of interaction between the visiting faculty member and the research group of the host MIT faculty member.

No proceeds from funding sought will be used to support MIT Chemistry faculty or MIT Chemistry students.

On return to their colleges and universities after the program has concluded, the CBFs will continue working on their research projects under the guidance of their joint PIs, and will also receive a weekly stipend (up to 20 hours a week of work) funded by MIT Chemistry for the remainder of the school year.

The objective of the MIT Chemistry Partnership with HBCUs, HSIs and other MSIs will be the successful publication of the collaborative research work in key journals, the enhancement of the aforementioned institutions’ chemistry programs and, through experience working in state-of-the art laboratories and being exposed to the cutting-edge research being conducted in the Department of Chemistry at MIT, an increase in the number of URG chemistry majors pursuing advanced degrees in chemistry.

Please consider a donation to support CBFs.

The Department of Chemistry is deeply appreciative to the following for their support of this program:

  • Anonymous
  • The Fred J. Brotherton Foundation
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • Scott Denmark, ’75 (V)
  • The Fish Family Foundation
  • Bruce Frye, PhCD ’76 (V)
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc
  • Allena Goren, PhD ’19 (V)
  • Professor Jeremiah A. Johnson
  • Frank Laukien,’84 (VIII)
  • Gen Li
  • John C. Roberts, PhD ’91 (V)
  • Professor Timothy M. Swager