College Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Sustainable Energy & Water in Coastal Regions
The Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences are planning to host an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in exploring research in a wide range of topics related to renewable energy, water quality and quantity, and coastal ecosystems in Cape Cod and the US Virgin Islands. The research projects will address wind energy and water systems from perspectives including engineering, wildlife ecology, public engagement and policy. View some sample projects [pdf]. Students participating in a related program in the past have come from colleges across the United States - The University of Texas at Dallas; Bunker Hill Community College; University of Massachusetts Amherst; Smith College, Springfield Technical Community College; Wellesley College; University of Virgin Islands; Swarthmore College; University of Massachusetts Boston; Rutgers University and Bryn Mawr College. The program runs from Sunday, June 3, 2018 through Friday, August 10, 2018. Applications are due February 3, 2018. Full funding of this program is conditional on NSF acceptance.
Coastal areas in the US and Small Island Developing States have unique and sensitive ecosystems that provide crucial services such as fisheries and agricultural production. But existing methods to supply energy, manage water supplies, produce food, and treat waste streams are unsustainable, ineffective, and disconnected. This project aims to fill an urgent need for integrated, interdisciplinary research that will transform the understanding of the Energy/Water-nexus in coastal areas, towards creation of innovative solutions that simultaneously address these multidimensional challenges.
The Sustainable Energy & Water REU program allows undergraduates to perform hands-on summer research while earning a stipend of $500 per week, for 10 weeks. Participating students also may receive support for housing and eligible travel expenses. In addition to mentored research projects and a hands-on research field trip, students participate in weekly seminars on professional development and on the state of the art in wind energy and water research. This program provides undergraduates with a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with leaders in the field of sustainable energy and water.
2017 Undergraduate Research Participants at the REU Poster Session