James R. Norris, Jr. Grant for Undergraduate Summer Research in Chemistry

$4,000 for undergraduate research in chemistry, renewable for up to 3 summers

The James R. Norris, Jr. Grant for Undergraduate Summer Research in Chemistry is named in honor of Dr. James R. Norris, Jr., the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry (retired). During his career, Dr. Norris taught undergraduate General and Physical Chemistry courses, and served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry for six years. As Chair, Dr. Norris was well known for recruiting outstanding new faculty to the Department. Among students, Dr. Norris was known for being inviting of student participation in research and unwaveringly supportive of his students’ careers.

The purpose of the competitive Norris grant is to recognize an outstanding first-year college student who makes a substantial commitment to the performance of full-time summer research in the Department of Chemistry. Recipients of the Norris grant are expected to develop and perform a dedicated research project which could be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.

Deadline Information

Application Deadline (11:59 pm): Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Deadline 3: Monday, December 4, 2017


Grant recipients must complete the following as part of the program:

  1. Participate in an immersive, full-time, on-campus research experience with a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry for 10 consecutive weeks.
  2. May not enroll in courses or hold other employment during the ten-week award period. The grant may be held concurrently with other research awards/grants received by the student.
  3. Complete a brief midsummer progress report.
  4. Prepare an end-of-summer report on research progress-to-date. While the larger research project will likely not be completed in ten weeks, this report should demonstrate the student’s thinking on the path of the research; propose next steps and questions based on research completed.

Eligibility Requirements

Interested applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. First-year student in the College at the time of application.
  2. Intention to major in Chemistry or Biological Chemistry (major need not be formally declared at the time of application).

Application Process

The application requirements are as follows:

  • Research project proposal (3,000 word maximum)
  • Letter of recommendation (from one of your professors in General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry if taken during the first year of college)
  • Letter of support from your PI for summer research
  • Copy of transcript for autumn and winter quarters
  • Autobiographical and vision statement (up to one page, single spaced)

Submit applications via email to Professor Ka Yee Lee (kayeelee@uchicago.edu).