Programs for Freshman

Arizona State University

The QESST Engineering Research Center offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in solar energy research. Through work on the pilot line, students will:

  • Have access to state-of-the-art facilities and gain experience directly relevant to industry, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate the commercial impact and relevance of their
    ideas by guiding them through the steps required to bring new ideas to commercialization;
  • Bridge the gap between the typical “research” devices and commercial solar cells, allowing fabrication and analysis of technologies on commercial-size devices and commercial equipment;
  • Work in a facility that allows new equipment or processes to be analyzed and assessed jointly with industry. Students will play a key role in this process.
  • Partner with a local student participating in the Fulton Schools’ Solar Energy Research program.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2020
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Columbia University

AS supports outstanding undergraduates majoring in engineering disciplines, materials science, biology, chemistry, physics and related fields as Summer Research Fellows each year in a ten-week collaborative REU program between Columbia and City College of New York. Topics of research encompass two interdisciplinary research groups studying materials composed of atomically precise low-dimensional building blocks: two-dimensional atomic sheets and zero-dimensional molecular clusters.
Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 22, 2019
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Columbia University

AS supports outstanding undergraduates majoring in engineering disciplines, materials science, biology, chemistry, physics and related fields as Summer Research Fellows each year in a ten-week collaborative REU program between Columbia and City College of New York. Topics of research encompass two interdisciplinary research groups studying materials composed of atomically precise low-dimensional building blocks: two-dimensional atomic sheets and zero-dimensional molecular clusters.
Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 22, 2019
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Syracuse University


The Syracuse University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Research Program is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate scholars with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest. Student scholars have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week period under the direction of a faculty research mentor at Syracuse University. Through this program, scholars will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. The SU LSAMP research program was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)


Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 2.80
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents.
Please note: Applicants must be African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Deadline to Apply: February 22, 2019
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MADISON

University of Wisconsin – Madison 
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering, through support from the National Science Foundation, host an annual Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on The Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy.  Selected participants will spend 10 weeks conducting research on a renewable energy project in chemistry, chemical engineering, or biological engineering. 

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2019 
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BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

Join an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in new state of the art facilities at Binghamton University for a hands on summer research and professional development experience. This NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Renewable Energy Generation and Storage will address important scientific, technological, and training needs in the energy sector with research opportunities ranging from battery and supercapacitor materials to photovoltaics and energy efficient systems.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors 
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2019 
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SMART MATERIALS RESEARCH AT TULANE

The Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane (SMART) Research Experience for Undergraduates site is a multidisciplinary program across Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering, located in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Participating faculty are members of the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics and Engineering Physics. The scope of the summer research projects offered span a range of challenges in materials science and engineering focused on materials for Health, Energy, and Environmental applications.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors 
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 25, 2019 
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

The Cullen College of Engineering (CCoE) at the University of Houston will host a Summer 2019 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program themed on “Materials for Sustainability in Energy and Manufacturing.” The program is designed to inspire bright and motivated undergraduates to pursue graduate education and careers in science and engineering research. Participants will work closely with leading materials scientists and engineers at CCoE and contribute to ongoing cutting-edge research in materials for sustainability in energy and manufacturing.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0 
Rolling Deadlines Apply Early 
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens and Permanent Residents 
Minimum GPA: 3.0 
Rolling Deadlines Apply Early 
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University of California at San Diego

The Jacobs school of Engineering (JSOE) at UC San Diego hosts a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program in Biomaterials. The objectives of the program are to train undergraduates in basic research through challenging biomaterial-related engineering projects performed with research mentors from engineering departments across JSOE. Research areas include tissue engineering and 3D printing, bio-inspired biomaterials, biomaterial-stem cell interaction, nanoparticles and drug delivery.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors 
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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New York University

New York University’s Materials Research Science & Engineering Center
For students majoring in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Materials Science, Pre-Med and all Engineering Majors

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) fellowships are awarded to and Engineering Center undergraduates from four-year colleges and universities for participation in a ten-week summer program designed to provide unique research experiences, professional development, and increased awareness of materials science and engineering. Discover and unravel the fundamental organizing principles of matter that impact the fabrication of complex materials – from the molecular to the colloidal to the macroscopic scale!

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
MInimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens & permanent residents
Deadline to Apply:February 28, 2019
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University of Pennsylvania

SUNFEST, or the Summer UNdergraduate Fellowship in Sensor Technologies, is a unique program that provides talented undergraduate students with hands-on research during the summer in the area of sensor technologies. The goal of this program is to expose the students in-depth research in the area of sensor technology and encourage them to apply to graduate programs. Students majoring in engineering and physical sciences are encouraged to apply.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 22, 2019
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH  SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Summer Internship Program at NIEHS is part of the National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (NIH SIP). NIEHS is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Scientists at NIEHS are committed to sharing with students and educators the intensity, excitement, sense of discipline, and tremendous satisfaction that careers in science can impart to those who pursue them.

The Summer Internship Program provides internships to outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences to work on a research project that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field. 

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents 
Deadline to Apply: March 1st 
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Northeastern University

Site Name: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University

Program Description: This NSF-REU program offers interdisciplinary research opportunities in Biochemistry, Organic, Physical, Computational, and Analytical Chemistry laboratories with an overarching focus on the theme of Catalysis. Students will do research in a nurturing and vibrant academic setting and spend a summer enjoying all what the city of Boston has to offer.

Students will be paired with a Northeastern Chemistry faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor based on their stated research interests. These mentors will guide the student as they immerse themselves in full-time laboratory research over 10 weeks. Participants will attend research seminars presented by program faculty and invited speakers; academic and professional skills development workshops and panel discussions on topics such as research ethics, literature searching, graduate school; social activities and events with other members of the chemistry department or with students from other summer research programs at Northeastern; and field trips to pharmaceutical & biotech companies, or other research institutes in the Boston area. The REU program will conclude with a research symposium where students will orally present their research findings to the wider chemistry community.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline:  March 11, 2019
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Cornell University

Cornell University: Center for Bright Beams Summer REU Program for Underrepresented Minorities

Description of the program: Students in the CBB Summer Program for Underrepresented Minorities can do Center for Bright Beams research through any of four REU programs and are guaranteed a Center for Bright Beams research project. The Center for Bright Beams is at the forefront of producing, accelerating and transporting the brightest beams of electrons for applications from giant particle colliders to electron microscopes. Center for Bright Beams advances promise new opportunities, such as imaging of biological molecules in action through ultrafast electron microscopy.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. Citizenship required
Application Deadline: January 25, 2019
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Princeton University
Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) and the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM)

Program Description: Potential projects span a broad range of topics under the guidance of faculty from the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The research topics chosen each year complement the current research of faculty associated with the Princeton Center for Complex Materials.
Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: February 22, 2019
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Purdue University Biomedical Engineering

Program Description: Biomedical Engineering, SURF, tissue engineering, biomaterials, imaging, biophotonics, polymers, bionanotechnology, biosensors, neural engineering, orthopaedics, biomechanics, implants, computational biology, systems biology, healthcare systems engineering.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: February 26, 2019
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PURDUE UPRISE provides undergraduates the opportunity to fill integral roles in INSPIRE and the School of Engineering Education’ s research projects, as well as to be given the necessary training, tools and mentorship to participate in research symposia and publish in journal and conference proceedings, thus rounding out their academic experience. Students also have the opportunity to use research to transform educational experiences for preschool, elementary, middle, high school or college students.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: February 26, 2019
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Purdue University REU in Industrial Engineering
Site Name: Industrial Engineering

Program Description: Industrial Engineering, SURF, machine learning, ergonomics, data analysis, healthcare, human integrated systems
Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA:
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: February 26, 2019
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Portland State University

Site Name: Computational Modeling Serving the City
Program Description: The focus area of this REU site is computational modeling to serve and enhance the Portland metropolitan region as it grows and evolves. You will be involved in a cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary research project and trained in computational thinking across different disciplines and communities. You will learn the fundamental skills of computational modeling that will help you understand and solve complex problems in a complex world.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA:
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 1, 2019
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Rutgers University
Computational Biology Summer Research Experience at Rutgers

Program Description: The Computational Biology Summer Program provides meaningful summer research experiences to 10 undergraduate students and combines experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches with a focus on the intersection of the mathematical, computational, and biological sciences. In addition to the research experience, students receive computational biology training, professional skills development, and enrichment sessions geared towards broadening their understanding of the application of and issues surrounding scientific research. US Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply

Levels: Freshman & Sophomores
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 1, 2019
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University of California at San Diego

UC San Diego Designing for Safety & Safety by Design

Program Description: The overarching goal of this NSF REU Site is to immerse students in a meaningful and highly interdisciplinary research environment within the structural engineering domain and to teach them that design does not end with construction. Instead, designing for safety embodies: quantifying potential load conditions, damage mechanics, and uncertainties; monitoring for anomalies during operations; processing this information through cyber-modeling via digital surrogates; and translating the information to actionable knowledge for improving current and future system designs. This REU Site will recruit and train 12 diverse U.S. scholars for eight weeks each summer, recruited from across the nation with emphasis on broadening the participation of underrepresented minority, women, and economically-disadvantaged students, to conduct research alongside six professors and their graduate students.

Levels: freshman, sophomores, juniors, and non graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.3
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 1, 2019
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UC San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS)

The University of California at San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) program is an eight week summer research academy for community college students, undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and masters students. STARS offers student participants a rigorous research opportunity with esteemed UC San Diego faculty, informative transfer and graduate school preparation workshops, and educational, cultural, and social activities in sunny San Diego.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and non-graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: AB 540 or DACA students are eligible or US Citizens or Permanent Residents.
Deadline: April 15, 2019
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Texas A & M


Site Name: Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering REU


Program Description:Insufficient energy research and the shortage of U.S. citizens pursuing advanced degrees in engineering and science are both topics of supreme importance in modern times, and with this Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site we are targeting both problems through a collaborative effort between various laboratories at Texas A&M University. Approximately ten undergraduate students from colleges and universities throughout the United States will reside at the Texas A&M campus for 10 weeks during the summer months, working alongside professors and graduate students conducting research on a broad range of topics related to energy and combustion science.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomore, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors from Non-Tier One Schools.
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline:  May 1, 2019
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NASA

Program Description: NASA Internships are competitive awards to support educational opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as educators. These opportunities serve students by integrating interns with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related tasks, while contributing to the operation of a NASA facility or the advancement of NASA’s missions.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: Rolling Deadlines
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University of Maryland at College Park

School or Organization: University of Maryland College Park
Summer Engineering Research Experiences in Transportation Electrification

Program Description: The University of Maryland’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, with support from the National Science Foundation is offering exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students in the broad area of electrical engineering. The Transportation Electrification program combines cutting-edge, team-based research with technical and educational seminars. Students are supervised jointly by faculty members and graduate students.
Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.2
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 1, 2019
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Summer Health Professions Education Program with sites including Howard, UCLA, and the University of Washington

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.

Levels: Freshman and sophomores
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline: February 15, 2019
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University of Connecticut

Site Name: Nano-Research Experience for Undergraduates

Program Description: The objectives of our REU Site are to increase the quantity and quality of scientists and engineers prepared to address grand challenges through ethical use of nanoscience; increase the number of students from underrepresented populations including minorities, women, and veterans who pursue graduate education and academic research in nanotechnology-related engineering fields; and to build alliances with minority-serving institutions and programs to enable a sustainable pipeline of underrepresented students who will become leaders in nanotechnology-related engineering fields.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Resident
Deadline: March 1, 2019
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University of Pittsburgh ASPIRE Program

Program Description: The mission of HERL is to continuously improve the mobility and function of people with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation. The ASPIRE REU program is designed to promote greater involvement and understanding of Rehabilitation Engineering and assistive technology – while fostering an understanding of the problems faced by individuals with disabilities. This results in a greater ability to apply engineering principles to improve the quality of life, which promotes a higher degree of inclusiveness and greater functionality for people with disabilities.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-graduating seniors.
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 1, 2019
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NASA/Cal Tech Jet Propulsion Lab

Program Description: The JPL Summer Internship Program offers 10-week, full-time, summer internship opportunities at JPL to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0 GPA
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: April 1, 2019
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Clemson University

Program Description: The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (“the SURE program”) in Solid-State Devices for Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetics Technology was created to address this need.  The SURE program will provide an average of ten students per summer the opportunity to pursue ten weeks of directed research in the areas of electronic, photonic, and magnetic devices, including material and device design, processing, characterization, and modeling.  Faculty members on the REU team currently conduct independent, interdisciplinary, and industry-coordinated studies ranging from fundamental materials and physics to functional devices, circuits, and systems. Ideadl candidates will be majoring in Students should be Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Bioengineering, Physics, or other closely related disciplines

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: February 15, 2019
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Columbia University


The Biostatistics Epidemiology Summer Training Diversity Program (BEST) was established to expand and diversify the behavioral and biomedical sciences’ workforce by introducing undergraduates from underrepresented populations to biostatistics and cardiovascular and pulmonary disease research. Students representing racial and ethnic minority groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with disabilities join the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health’s for eight weeks of research, training, academic and career planning, and social activities around New York City. All applicants must have completed one semester of college level calculus.

Levels:Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 1, 2019
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Multiple Sites Including Penn State, University of Michigan, Florida International University

The Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) is a National Science Foundation sponsored Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC). ASSIST develops and employs nanotechnology enabled energy harvesting and storage, ultra-low power electronics, and sensors to create innovative, battery-free, body-powered, and wearable health monitoring systems.  The program is open to any student who is majoring in a science or engineering-related field.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: February 15, 2019
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Multiple Institutions including Howard University, Stanford University, University of Arkansas, and University of Illinois

The Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS) offers a 10-week summer research program that provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to explore careers in research. Students gain an experience that will help strengthen their knowledge, skills and understanding of research methodologies as well as graduate school. The POETS REU program places students at one of its four universities. While at a POETS institution, REU students work on a POETS research project under the guidance and mentorship of a faculty member and graduate student or post-doctoral mentor.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0 and above
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: February 15, 2019
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

The University of Washington (UW) Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM·C) coordinates research efforts among two colleges and five departments across UW’s campus and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to address major trans-disciplinary challenges in materials research.

If selected you will be embedded in one of the MEM·C labs for 9 weeks. You will work with a graduate student and faculty to develop a research project, gain training in relevant techniques and instrumentation, collect data and finally produce a poster and research abstract. Students participate in a weekly seminar on undergraduate research covering research ethics, writing a research abstract, making a scientific poster. Students participate in a weekly Materials Science special interest group in which they read scientific journals or tour other labs. Explore question such as how can materials research lead to new electronics that are super miniaturized, low energy consumption and reliable? How can new kinds of sensors be used to improve safety, efficiency, and effectiveness?

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 16, 2019
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