REU Program in Optoelectronic Materials – Mississippi State University

The Mississippi State University Chemical Engineering Department seeks applicants for an interdisciplinary NSF-supported summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students who have completed their freshman year of college and who have not yet graduated can participate Summer Research Program activities in Optoelectronic Materials. The selected students work on a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor in the Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The students will have the opportunities to participate in professional development, social and outreach activities. Student participants will receive a $6,000 stipend, a housing and meal plan for ten weeks, and travel assistance.

Program Dates: May 30 – August 4, 2023 (10 weeks)

REU: Mechanisms of Evolution

The goals of this program are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution, and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium.

Students from underrepresented groups and from academic institutions with limited research opportunities, including two-year colleges, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students will be selected based on their interest in research or STEM education, letters of recommendation and academic record.

The application is designed to be completed in one sitting. Unofficial transcripts should be attached as a pdf. The letter of recommendation should be emailed to The letter of recommendation should be addressed to the Members of the Admission Committee.

REU- Louisiana State University

Smart Polymer Composite Materials and Structures is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Faculty from the departments of chemistry, mechanical engineering, and architecture will mentor students. Students will participate in research projects, professional development, research facility tours, and have opportunities to present their research. We especially seek applications from women and groups traditionally historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.


  • On-campus housing
  • Travel reimbursement and dining card
  • Summer conference opportunities

    REU- University of Southern Mississippi

    Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers Science and Engineering will be held in the summer of 2023 under National Science Foundation award DMR-1950387. The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymer Science and Engineering is now accepting applications for our 2023 Summer REU Program. We are offering 10 weeks of valuable hands-on research experience in one of the nation’s top polymer science and engineering programs. Research areas include: Functional Polymeric Materials, Energy and Sustainability, Materials for Biology and Health, and High- Performance Polymers Composites and Coatings.
    • On campus housing
    • Limited travel budget
    • Team building activities and field trips

      2021 Nebraska Summer Research Program

      This intensive summer research experience provides mentoring and research experiences while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life. Students with a strong interest in graduate programs are particularly encouraged to apply as are those from populations traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Scholars stay in suite-style housing, enjoy an on-campus meal plan, and have travel costs covered. The program also features workshops for GRE prep, writing a personal statement, creating a research poster, and more. Additionally, scholars get a chance to visit the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, join intramural teams, rent bikes to explore Lincoln, attend outdoor adventures, and more!

      Research areas include: Agricultural Sciences, Applied Unmanned Systems, Beneficial Insects, Bioenergy Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Landscape Resilience, Lasers and Optics, Minority Health Disparities, Molecular Plant Microbe Interaction, MRSEC (Materials
      Science), Plant and Microbiome, Redox Biology, Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure, Unmanned Systems, Virology.

      REU – University of Southern Mississippi

      The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymer Science and Engineering is now accepting applications for the 2021 summer NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. They are offering 10 weeks of valuable hands-on research experience in one of the nation’s top polymer science programs.

      Research Areas:

      • Design for Recyclability and Degradability
      • Materials for Sustainable Energy
      • Sustainable Polymers: (Bio) Renewable Feedstocks and Resource-Efficient Processing

      Program Dates: Monday, May 24th – Friday, July 30th 2021

      Benefits Include:

      • $6000.00 summer stipend
      • on campus housing
      • limited travel budget
      • Team building activities and field trips

      NSF EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

      The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) announces the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Summer 2021 Scholarships to promote undergraduate research.

      Research Period:  June 1, 2021 – August 10, 2021

      Application Deadline:  Friday, March 5, 2021

      Focus: The UROP program promotes intensive undergraduate research opportunities for university students. Through these research experiences, our goal is to enhance the recruitment and retention of undergraduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, particularly those related to solar energy and its effects on water resources and the environment in general.

      Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled full time (1-3 credits for summer) at any NSHE institution during the time they are conducting their research. Scholar must have a NSHE faculty mentor to supervise their research project. Past recipients of a NSF-EPSCoR undergraduate research scholarship under the current NEXUS award are not eligible to apply.

      Students working in areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), except for medical sciences, are eligible. Fields related to solar energy, water and/or environmental research are of special interest. Students with research tied to medical sciences are encouraged to apply for the National Institutes of Health IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH INBRE). For more information, visit

      Students applying for the NSF EPSCoR UROP scholarship are strongly encouraged to participate in the Application Writing Workshop series.  Due to COVID-19, writing workshops will be presented virtually in three different sessions:

      Session 1: Learn more about the UROP application, eligibility, roles and responsibilities, connect with potential mentors/mentees, and begin focused writing on your research proposal/personal statement.

      Session 2: Work with experienced writing center staff to further draft and edit UROP applications, while learning proper writing techniques for future applications.

      Session 3: Finalize UROP applications through a peer-editing process led by experienced writing center staff.

      SMART Polymer Composite Materials and Structures REU

      The SMART Polymer Composite Materials and Structures Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA is currently accepting applications. This 10-week program will run from May 24 – July 30, 2021. Participants will receive mentoring from faculty in LSU’s chemistry, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering departments.

      A completed application consists of the online application with 500 word essay, transcript, and recommendation package, which must be submitted by the deadline of March 1, 2021. 

      Application materials should be uploaded online; however, if experiencing technical difficulties, they may be sent to Dr. Kristen Williams. 

      Benefits include: $600/week stipend, on-campus housing, if needed, up to $500 travel reimbursement, dining card provided.

      Separations & Commercialization REU

      The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas hosts the From Bench to Market: Engineering Systems for High Efficiency Separations Research Experience for Undergraduates (Separations & Commercialization REU). The Separations & Commercialization REU program will offer research experiences in laboratories that are working towards the goals of improving separation efficiency and reducing separation processing costs to a diverse group of undergraduate students. Participants will interact with faculty and graduate students to plan and execute a 10-week research project. A unique component of this REU program is the commercialization assessment training (CAT) series that will prepare them to think about the potential commercialization of traditional hypothesis-driven research early in the process. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders in the separation field through the CAT series, industrial mentorships, as well as industrial site visits locally and in Texas.

      REU Program in Data-driven Security

      In summer 2021 the Department of Computer Science at Boise State University will host a nine-week interdisciplinary undergraduate research program, Data-driven Security, focusing on applying data science and artificial intelligence to mitigate cyberattacks and other security risks and threats. Applications from current undergraduate students who have a strong interest in computer science, mathematics, or engineering are welcomed. This intensive program will expose up to ten undergraduate students to topics in cybersecurity (intrusion and threat detection, lightweight cryptography, side-channel attacks), misbehavior detection, national security (e.g., counter-terrorism), and misinformation mitigation. The program aims to immerse undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds in all facets of research in computer science and mathematics in a culture of close and daily collaboration with faculty.