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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Students (REU) program, “Integration of Biology and Materials,” runs throughout the summer months and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The program provides a variety of research opportunities for students in the integration of biology and materials as part of an overall summer experience.

Students have the opportunity to develop skills that will aid in key research contributions and allow them to gain a deeper understanding of research processes and technologies. Students will be challenged to utilize their skills and knowledge to develop new solutions for the betterment of human health, the environment, and society.

Students participating in the program will engage in a wide range of chemical engineering research and participate in weekly group activities. These actives provide an overview of current biomaterials technologies and expose students to the research challenges in each area.

The REU program provides research experiences targeted at advancing biomaterial technologies and provides the basic skills and motivations needed to achieve future success in chemical engineering graduate programs and research careers.

We welcome all applications from students with diverse backgrounds and those that come from diverse institutions.

Please Note: Current Penn State students are not eligible to apply for this NSF-sponsored summer REU experience. Penn State students should consider applying to the Departmental Biofellowship Program.

REU Papers

Read the REU research evaluation and outcome papers as presented during the 122nd (2015) and 123rd (2016) ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Learn more about the Research Experience for Undergraduate program within the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering and discover the program’s impact on student learning.

Contact Information

Manish Kumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator
mxk64@psu.edu
814-865-7519

Esther Gomez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator
ewg10@psu.edu
814-867-4732

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The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

119 Greenberg Complex

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574