Application Closed

We will not have a program for Summer 2017.

Thank you for your interest and good luck,
Dr. Montoya, REU Director

What is REU?

Old Main Building on
                    CU-Boulder Campus

Beautiful Boulder, CO

The goals of this ten-week summer REU Site at the University of Colorado are to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to conduct research in the area of Environmental Sustainability, emphasizing multimedia approaches (air, water, soil), while training them in experimental design, data collection, and data interpretation. A seminar series will foster group discussions of societal issues in Environmental Sustainability, ethics, and policy. Students will also participate in tours of local research facilities (like NREL, NOAA, NIST, USGS). Students will be recruited from disciplines inside and outside engineering and at least fifty percent of the participants will be from colleges and universities where research opportunities in STEM are limited. Participants will experience gains in knowledge, skills, attitudes, and identity that will foster their success in future research and/or professional settings.

Students will write a research proposal and final project report, and give an oral presentation at the REU Research Syposium at the end of the summer. There will be a cohort of 9 REU participants in summer 2015.

The 10-week program runs from June 1 through August 7, 2015. Students are provided with a $5000 stipend, up to $500 for travel, and room and board at the CU dormitories on campus.

In addition to working with faculty and graduate student mentors on a research project, the program also includes:

  • professional development in preparation for future graduate studies, presentations and group discussions on societal issues in environmental engineering, including ethics, sustainability, and policy
  • group tours of local governmental research laboratories and natural environmental wonders in Colorado

Students could also apply to receive up to $500 (on a competitive basis) to present their research at a professional conference. Conference examples include: SACNAS; the American Geophysical Union (AGU); the American Water Works Association (AWWA); etc.

Students may also want to consider submitting a manuscript on their research to the Journal of Young Investigators, the premier undergraduate, peer-reviewed science journal. Students may also be involved with their mentors after the summer to prepare manuscripts for submission to other peer-reviewed journals.

List of 2015 REU Research Projects