Chemistry and Biochemistry

CSRI at Chico State

CSRI 2022 is happening - apply by March 22

Jump-start your chemistry career. Become part of CSRI 2022 by carrying out undergraduate research at Chico State in collaboration with Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty.

These CSRI fellowships provide up to a $5000 stipend for 10 weeks of full-time research and are generously funded by a variety of granting agencies, industry partners, and alumni donors.

2022 Chemistry Summer Research Institute (CSRI) flyer (PDF)

2022 Chemistry Summer Research Institute (CSRI) fellowship application (PDF)

Application deadline: Tuesday, March 22, 2022

To apply, submit to

  • Fellowship Application
  • Statement of Interest 
  • Letter of Recommendation (one letter minimum)

Fellowship awards have been announced.

Summer Undergraduate Research

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has supported the summer undergraduate research efforts of over 140 students since 2000 when the Chemistry Summer Research Institute (CSRI) was founded with a donation from Roche Biosciences, Palo Alto. Since then, every summer six to eight of our faculty members volunteer their time to work side-by-side with students.


Thanks to the pioneering efforts of three distinguished faculty and generous gifts from alumni, the chemistry department offers three named awards that support our summer research students with a stipend, money for reagents/supplies, and travel to scientific conferences! Because of these funds, our students have conducted research in all the major divisions of chemistry and many have worked on cutting-edge cross-disciplinary projects.

Integration of Research and Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) states that undergraduate research “... draws on the integration of research and education to attract a diverse pool of talented students into careers in science and engineering…” Our CSRI program exemplifies the NSF statement as evidenced by the fact that the vast majority of our summer research associates go on to pursue graduate degrees in chemistry or biochemistry!

As a result of these efforts, our department sends several students each year to the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society to present their results to the broader scientific community.

Chemistry Summer Research Institute (CSRI) Minjoo Kim (left), Devin McBain (center), and Dahlia Chavez (right)