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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

We will not hold the REU program this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are planning to hold the program during summers 2021-2023.

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

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

Students will have the opportunity to develop skills that will aid in key research contributions and will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of research processes and biomaterial 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.

The REU program 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.

Contact Information

Esther Gomez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator

Stephanie Butler Velegol
Associate Teaching Professor



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

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574