Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

  • Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU)
    The program creates novel research experiences for undergrad students from around the country in the areas of biological materials and processes, often referred to as “BioMaP.” Students are active members of interdisciplinary groups and interact with faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and industry. Students also participate in cohort experiences such as short courses, joint seminars/meetings, workshops, tours of research facilities and field trips.
  • Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
    Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2)’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program provides paid summer research experience for undergraduate students to participate in industry-directed fundamental research opportunities in the fields of bioplastics and biocomposites. The students will gain hands-on experience with synthesis, processing, and characterization of biobased plastics and composite materials. Students majored in STEM fields are encouraged to apply. 
  • Center for Biorenewable Chemicals Research Experience for Undergraduates (CBiRC REU)
    REU students will work toward achieving CBiRC’s core mission of transforming the US chemical industry by integrating biological and chemical catalysis systems to produce biorenewable chemicals. The REU students will work in CBiRC labs conducting fundamental research to address the underlying technical challenges in the development of new integrated catalytic systems for the conversion of bio-based feedstocks to industrial chemicals.
  • CenUSA Bioenergy Undergraduate Research Internship 
    The Cenusa Bioenergy Research Internship Experience for Undergraduates will provide rich interdisciplinary training and engagement opportunities for undergraduate students in all areas of the bioenergy value chain to meet the workforce challenges of the emerging bioeconomy.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Opportunities
    Undergraduate students at Iowa State University have many opportunities to work alongside faculty on a variety of research projects. Working with a professor on a research project provides students hands-on, practical experience, enhances a student’s academics, and provides students a mentor.
  • Microscale Sensing Actuation and Imaging Research Experience for Undergraduates
    The Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts a summer research experience for undergraduate students. The program will create novel research experiences for undergraduate students in the areas of design and manufacturing of micro/nanoscale sensors, actuators, and smart materials, as well as advanced imaging and diagnostic systems.
  • Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education – Emerging Interface Technologies (SPIRE-EIT)
    SPIRE-EIT is a 10-week interdisciplinary summer experience for 12 undergraduates that integrates research and education in emerging interface technologies with a life-changing experience for participants. Students’ personal transformations since 2006 have been a dramatic and consistent result alongside research publications. Students are provided with classroom training and gain hands-on experience exploring people’s perception, understanding, and performance with cutting-edge technologies.
  •  Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy Research Experience for Undergraduates
    Iowa State University offers an intensive 10-week on-campus research program in Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy (WESEP) for undergraduate students. Ten fellowships are sponsored each year by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students will work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams with faculty and graduate students to receive training and get hands-on research experience in areas that address critical, long-term national needs in wind energy-related areas.