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Research Opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

CISTAR's (Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources) NSF-sponsored REU program will match undergraduates with faculty and graduate student mentors to do cutting-edge research on areas such as catalysis, separations, process design, decarbonization, and electrification. Students will be part of a research team with collaborators from across the five universities and meet with corporate partners in the energy sector for information sessions, tours and informal mentoring. Opportunities are available at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN or the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Program

The Research Experience and Mentoring Program (REM) is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in a research experience with CISTAR at Purdue University and as a mentor at one of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) Program camps across the nation in one summer. Participants will spend:
  • Six weeks on a cutting-edge research project on energy while being matched with a graduate student and a faculty mentor. 
  • Four weeks mentoring kids as part of an NSBE SEEK camp.
While working on their research project students will regularly interact with corporate partners in the energy sector for information sessions, tours, and informal mentoring. Additionally, participants will be paid to present at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, Washington, D.C.
The research focus this summer is on a broad theme that all participants will have in common:  Energy for Our Growing World--how a wide range of energy sources (renewables, emerging energy technologies—biofuels, solar, nuclear, wind, shale, and other fossil fuels) serve the needs of people and communities, and how we balance those needs against the impact these energy sources differentially have on our world.

Visit the following links to search for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), and funding opportunities.