College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Summer 2011 REU programs

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) are prestigious summer research opportunities that are hosted by universities and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program was started as a way to support undergraduate students in active research with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Participants in six Iowa State REUs associated with the College of Engineering came from Ames, Mexico, and many places in between for a chance to participate in a ten-week research program

The personalities, goals, and research focuses of each REU are unique, but they all provide students contact with accomplished faculty, research education, a social atmosphere, and a job in a state-of-the-art lab. Participants were paired with faculty mentors and research labs based on their interests, and even though many of them were conducting real-world research for the first time, they were given the respect and responsibility of an experienced researcher.

A symposium on August 5 concluded the summer programs and showcased the research of all participants.

Read about these REU programs that students participated in this past summer:

  • Biological Materials and Processes
  • Microscale Sensing Actuation and Imaging
  • National Science Foundation REU at the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
  • Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education – Emerging Interface Technologies
  • Sustainable Production and Processing Systems for Biomass Derived Fuels of the Future
  • Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy