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Research Opportunities for

Undergraduates in Engineering

 

List of NSF research opportunities: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/

Sample of specific opportunities:

The American Society for Engineering Education

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. ASEE administers a number of education related programs for the federal government. See the following information:

The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP)

The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP), provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

NREIP provides competitive research internships to approximately 200 college students (139 undergraduate students and 61 graduate students) each year. Participating students typically spend ten weeks during the summer doing research at approximately 12 DoN laboratories. To participate, a student must be enrolled at an eligible college/university (comprising approximately 160 institutions; eligibility is determined by the Office of Naval Research) and have completed at least their sophomore year before beginning the internship.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: http://www.asee.org/NREIP

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

SEAP provides competitive research internships to approximately 250 high school students each year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at approximately 15 DoN laboratories.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: http://www.asee.org/SEAP

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Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA) Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
Program

 

The Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA) provides qualified undergraduates in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics, and related fields with a ten week summer research opportunity. The SURE program allows students to work on independent research projects involving direct interaction with research scientists, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students at Stanford University, IBM Almaden, University of California - Berkeley, University of California - Davis, or a CPIMA Industrial Affiliate. Students participate in a number of SURE activities including the CPIMA Forum where they present their summer research in a poster.

For more information regarding research project descriptions, mentors, participant requirements, and application materials, please visit our web site: http://www.stanford.edu/group/CPIMA/education

 

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Fermilab Summer Internships in Science & Technology (SIST)
Program

This Fermilab summer program focuses on giving opportunities in science and technology to undergraduate college students currently enrolled in four-year colleges in the US.

Internships are offered in physics, electrical engineering, computer programming and mechanical engineering. These internships offer a chance for approximately fifteen college students to work with Fermilab scientists or engineers on a project within the context of laboratory research.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: http://sist.fnal.gov

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Integrated Micro/Nano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IM-SURE)

The Integrated Micro/Nano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IM-SURE) will host close to 20 junior and senior undergraduates for a 10-week summer research experience in micro and nanosystems.  With a goal of helping students gain the skills and confidence to become independent researchers and make better career decisions, the experience focuses on intensive and direct contact with a large number of faculty and their graduate students through a series of pre-research lectures, hands-on projects, weekly seminars and workshops, an industry field trip, and social activities. Students will also have hands-on prototyping and fabrication experience by providing them direct access to UCI's Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility (INRF), a modern, industrial-grade facility for designing, constructing and testing micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) systems, opto-electronics, fiberoptics and photonics, microfluidics, and hybrid systems.  IM-SURE is an REU Site funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

The IM-SURE Program is committed to promoting diversity within the fields of science and engineering.  Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.  Community College students, who are transferring to a 4-year institution next year, are also encouraged to apply.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: http://www.urop.uci.edu/im-sure.html

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Iowa State University: Biological Materials and Processes (BioMaP)
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University hosts a summer research experience for undergraduate students. The program will create novel research experiences for undergraduate students in the areas of biological materials and processes (BioMaP). The students will be active members of interdisciplinary groups and will interact with faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and industry. The students will participate in cohort experiences such as short courses, joint seminars/meetings, workshops, tours of research facilities, and field trips. A unique component of the program is a partnership with the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico. As part of this international component, some students will participate in research projects at ITESM.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: http://www.eng.iastate.edu/biomapreu

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National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN)
Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NNIN REU)

Minority and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The chosen undergraduates taking part in the ten-week NNIN REU program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences. The research projects are designed and supervised by the faculty and technical staff at the NNIN research facilities. Interns work with faculty and graduate students on projects using the unique resources offered at their award site. A three-day scientific convocation, attended by all the network interns, is held in August to allow each intern the opportunity to present their work to their peers in the form of a concise scientific presentation. Interns also must complete a written report, akin to a research paper, summarizing the findings of their research project. These reports are published as the NNIN REU Research Accomplishments.

The NNIN REU Program is supported by the National Science Foundation, and co-sponsored by NNIN and its industrial sponsors. Participants receive a $3,800 stipend, plus housing and all travel expenses to their research site and the convocation site. They may be responsible for their own meals. Full participation in the site program and network convocation, and the submission of a final report, are all mandatory.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: http://www.reu.nnin.org/nnin11_login.php

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NC State University: NSF Sustainability, Energy, and Engineering REU Program

Develop your creative and intellectual potential at the National Science Foundation supported "Sustainability, Energy, and Engineering" (SEE) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program located in the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Forest Biomaterials, and other departments at North Carolina State University.

Work with faculty engaged in chemical engineering, papermaking science, textile engineering, chemistry and multidisciplinary studies to improve your research skills and experience as well as to learn more about ethics in the field of engineering.

Complete applications, program and project descriptions are available on our web site: http://www.che.ncsu.edu/reu/

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Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

The Graduate School
Northwestern University


The Program Experience at a Top Research Institution

The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) provides sophomores and juniors majoring in the social sciences, humanities, communications, biological sciences, physical sciences, and engineering an opportunity for direct involvement in research. Throughout its 22-year history, SROP has endeavored to increase diversity among students pursuing graduate education and provide a valuable academic experience for many students who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities. The program is eight weeks in length and includes faculty supervised research, enrichment activities that prepare undergraduates for graduate school (i.e. graduate school application workshop, writing workshops, etc.), and a conference. Sophomores and juniors who are from groups which have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate schools (e.g., certain racial and ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, etc.) are encouraged to apply for SROP.

Each student selected to participate in the program will work with a faculty member in the student's area of interest. The faculty member will: 1) help design and monitor an appropriate full-time research project for the student or incorporate the student into on-going research; 2) work with the student on an outline, rough draft, and final paper which summarize the research; and 3) supervise the student's presentation of the research at the forum/dinner which concludes the program.

A conference for SROP participants and supervising faculty members from all the CIC institutions (the "Big Ten" universities plus The University of Chicago) will be held in July on the campus of one of the Big Ten schools. This conference, provided at no cost to SROP participants, offers an opportunity for students and faculty from Northwestern to meet students and faculty from other universities and to exchange information and insights.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: http://www.tgs.northwestern.edu/

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NSF/STC Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

The National Science Foundation Science & Technology Centers (STCs) offer summer internships at each of the 17 centers, located at prestigious universities around the United States. These summer internships provide undergraduates an opportunity to conduct research in a "graduate school" setting in the following fields:

  • biological sciences
  • computer and information sciences
  • engineering
  • geosciences
  • mathematical and physical sciences

Benefits of Participating in the Summer Internship Program STC Undergraduate Scholars will:

  • Engage in hands-on research
  • Gain a competitive advantage while having fun
  • Conduct research in a cutting-edge field
  • Be mentored by top research faculty
  • Make a difference scientifically and socially
  • Interact with a national community of peers
  • Discover pathways to graduate school

For more information on the programs, click on the following link: http://www.nsfstc.org

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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Houston: "Innovations in Nanotechnology"

The program is designed to infuse qualified undergraduates with enthusiasm toward both graduate level education and a career in research. Participants will make important contributions to the College's ongoing research efforts.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: www.egr.uh.edu/reu

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky

The Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Kentucky is pleased to offer 12 undergraduate students an active 8-week summer research experience. Several projects are available in a wide range of areas within Electrical & Computer Engineering. Students will be exposed to faculty, graduate students, research staff, and other undergraduate students in a developing community that incorporates research activities with field trips, workshops, and other social activities.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: www.engr.uky.edu/REU

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Research Experience for Undergraduates in Functional Materials Science and Engineering

University of Colorado at Boulder Chemical Engineering


The CU-Boulder Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering will be conducting a ten-week summer research program in functional materials science and engineering. In collaboration with a faculty member and a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow, each undergraduate participant will pursue fundamental investigations of novel advanced materials designed to have specific properties. Examples include nanocomposites, biomaterials, sensors, catalysts, polymers, gels, ceramics, thin films, and membranes. The program also includes a weekly seminar series, organized social events, and a student poster competition. Undergraduates in chemical engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental engineering, and related fields are eligible for the program and applications from members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged. Please note that eligibility for this program is restricted to US citizens and permanent residents.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: http://www.colorado.edu/che/reu

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Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) Internship Programs

SCEC/ACCESS (Advancement of Cyberinfrastructure Careers through Earthquake System Science) interns are seniors or master's students who conduct research and write a thesis in certain SCEC research areas at the intersection of earthquake system science and computer science.

SCEC/SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) interns are primarily juniors or seniors and most projects are best suited for students majoring in earth science or a related field. SURE interns are paired one-on-one with a SCEC scientist at that researcher's institution or field site, to work within that scientist's field of specialty.

SCEC/USEIT (Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology) interns may be freshmen through seniors of any major. USEIT interns work on collaborative teams at SCEC headquarters at the University of Southern California and conduct computer science research to benefit earthquake science.

For more information visit our web site at: http://www.scec.org/education/college/internships

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Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART)

The University of Colorado


The University of Colorado at Boulder offers 10-week summer research internships through the Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) program. The internships provide hands-on experience in research and an introduction to graduate education at a leading university. Twenty to twenty five undergraduates from institutions nationwide take part in this challenging and informative program each summer.

SMART interns conduct research projects in science, math, and engineering fields under the guidance of a faculty mentor and see firsthand graduate student life at a major institution.

Interns also interact in the social environment of a large university and in a community of underrepresented peers.

For more information visit our web site at: http://www.colorado.edu/GraduateSchool/DiversityInitiative/undergrads/smart/details.html

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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Northwestern University


The Northwestern University Materials Research Science & Engineering Center offers a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program over a 9-week period each summer. The program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents majoring in materials science, physics, chemistry, or engineering. Participants traditionally represent schools and universities across the country. Each participant is paired up with a Center faculty based on mutual research interests. Furthermore, a graduate student or postdoctoral associate mentor will work closely with the undergraduate.

For more information visit our web site at: http://www.mrsec.northwestern.edu/content/educational_programs/reu.htm

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Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley (SUPERB)

University of California, Berkeley


The goal of the Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley (SUPERB) is to provide research opportunities in engineering to students who have been historically underrepresented in the field for reasons of social, cultural, educational or economic barriers. The program provides students with the opportunity to gain research experience by participating in research projects with engineering faculty and graduate students. Upon completion of this program students will be better prepared and motivated to attend graduate school.

SUPERB features regular workshops and seminars on the nature of academic life, standardized test preparation, writing and research skills and graduate school applications. Informal meetings and social events with faculty and graduate students are also offered.

For more information visit our web site at: http://www.coe.berkeley.edu/cues/superb/information.html

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Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences Program in Nanotechnology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst


Bright, capable students from all backgrounds and disciplines are welcomed into the program. Nanotechnology is one of the hottest research areas today, and what you learn in the SURE Program can serve you well later on. If you see yourself someday in a professional science or engineering career, you ought to try out SURE this summer.

Participants selected for the program receive a stipend of $3,400, free housing in modern apartment-style dorms, and an allowance to cover travel expenses. We're located in scenic Western Massachusetts in the heart of New England, close enough for easy weekend trips to Boston or New York, and near to seacoasts, mountains, forests and rivers for those with outdoor interests.

For more information visit our web site at: http://umass.edu/massnanotech/SURE2008.htm

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Undergraduate Summer Research Grants (USRG) at Texas A&M University

Each summer the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in ongoing research with faculty members. The program spans 10 weeks and involves undergraduate students from Texas A&M as well as students from other colleges and universities.

During the summer research experience, participants work closely with faculty members and graduate students on current research projects, attend presentation skills workshops, make a formal poster presentation of their research experience at the end of the program, and submit a written final report describing the results of their research. Students may not enroll in additional courses for the summer sessions.

It is hoped that the students participating in the Undergraduate Summer Research Grants (USRG) program will make significant contributions to ongoing faculty research and, more importantly, will gain an appreciation for and an interest in graduate school and a future research career.

The success of this program will be measured in two ways:

  • the proportion of participants who apply for and enter graduate programs and
  • the proportion of those students supported for research activities during the year(s) following participation in the USRG program.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit our web site at: http://essap.tamu.edu/usrg/index.htm

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