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Purpose of Talmage Research Internship (TRI)

The purpose of the TRI is to be a gateway to graduate school at BYU.


TRI offer the opportunity for 10 weeks to perform high-impact research in a laboratory of your choice at Brigham Young University. Research areas include biochemistry, organic, physical, analytical, inorganic, and theoretical chemistry. Many labs also offer the potential for crossover research in the areas of energy, materials, catalysis, and cancer. Interns will be trained using state-of-the-art equipment and novel instrumentation, for example, ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, low temperature adiabatic calorimetry, ultra-high vacuum for temperature programmed reaction spectroscopy, and supercomputers.

TRI fulfills capstone/internship requirements at undergraduate universities. Talmage interns are often contributing co-authors on peer-reviewed publications.

10-Week Overview*

  • Each week interns perform research in state-of-the-art laboratories under the direction of a chemistry or biochemistry faculty member
  • Participate in workshops to develop effective communication, team interactions, and deliver scientific presentations
  • Visits to chemical and biochemical companies
  • Hiking, rafting, and camping trips 
  • *If you're interested in a Fall/Winter internship, we have an 8-week internship


  • Non-BYU Provo student
  • Commit to live in Provo and work full time with no other job or schooling (this is a full-time internship)
  • Chemistry, biochemistry, or related major completing second or third year with anticipation of graduation within 12-24 months (seniors will also be considered if you have made contact with a chemistry faculty member)
  • Complete the online application (see below), which will include providing email addresses for two science professors (preferably chemistry) to complete a recommendation form
  • Commit to live the Honor Code


The application package consists of the application form (completed, dated, and signed), a current transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and two letters of recommendation from chemistry or biochemistry instructors. The table below has application due dates. See the application form for details.

Term Application Deadline  Internship Dates* Summer  January 31 May 21 - July 21

Online Application Summer 2020 (open)

Example Past Talmage Research Internship Projects:

Mechanistic determination of C-C bond forming reactions using Carbon Dioxide
-Hans Anderson (Brigham Young University – Idaho)

DNA-based fabrication of nanomaterials
-Aleksei Ananin (Dixie State University)

Carrier multiplication in GaAs via frequency-specific THz electric field enhancement
-Nicholas Ellsworth (Utah Valley University)

Understanding non-covalent ion-pi interactions in peptide model systems
-Mohammad Samha (Southern Utah University)

Publications resulting from Talmage Research Internships:

High-Acquisition-Rate Single-Shot Pump-Probe Measurements Using Time-Stretching Method
M. Kobayashi, Y. Minami, C. L. Johnson, P. D. Salmans, N. R. Ellsworth, J. Takeda, J. A. Johnson, I. Katayama. Scientific Reports 6, 37614 (2016).

Radiofrequency trapping of ions in a pure toroidal potential distribution 
J. M. Higgs, B. V. Petersen, S. A. Lammert, K. F. Warnick, D. E. Austin. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry395, 20−26 (2016). 

Fluorescence imaging of ion distributions in an inductively coupled plasma with laser ablation sample introduction. L. M. Moses, W. C. Ellis, D. D. Jones, P. B. Farnsworth. Spectrochimica Acta105, 47-59 (2015).

Regioselective Base-Free Intermolecular Aminohydroxylations of Hindered and Functionalized Alkenes
Z. Ma, B. C. Naylor, B. M. Loertscher, D. D. Hafen, J. M. Li, S. L. Castle. Journal of Organic Chemistry77, 1208, (2011).

Fun Activities 

Arches National Park With the Talmage and REU Students





River Rafting