NSF REU - Research Experience for Undergraduates

Undergraduate Research in Sustainable Energy (U-RISE)

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The REU site program entitled “Undergraduate Research in Sustainable Energy (URISE)” at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is designed to educate a new generation of engineers and scientists by conducting research in sustainable energy–based electric power systems. Student participants work in teams on research projects with a special emphasis on sustainable energy-related technology and engineering that aim to promote economic efficiency; improve social welfare; reduce energy cost; support plug- and-play of distributed sustainable energy; and improve the capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that our nation’s power grid infrastructure can provide.

The program places an emphasis on exposing undergraduates to cutting-edge sustainable energy technology by letting them solve real-world engineering problems together with University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty, graduate students, and local industry mentors.

This REU program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Program Goals

  • To stimulate the students’ interest in pursuing advanced STEM degrees (master and Ph.D.), especially in sustainable energy technology;
  • To improve the students’ oral and written technical communication skills;
  • To improve the students’ teamwork and collaboration skills;
  • To expose undergraduate students to university research and scientific discovery;
  • To create rich research opportunities and offer hands-on experiences to undergraduates, especially women, minorities, high-performing disadvantaged students, and non-engineering students in 2-year and 4-year colleges;
  • To disseminate the understanding of sustainable energy in diverse media to reach broader audiences;
  • To establish long-term collegial relationships between UM-Dearborn faculty, graduate students/undergraduate students, and industry mentors through well-thought-out activities;
  • To provide UM-Dearborn departments and faculty a unique opportunity for incorporating undergraduate students into their research projects.

Application Open: November 8, 2019

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

Selection & Decision Queries: February 15 - March 15, 2020

U-RISE Program: May 28 – August 6, 2020

What you need to apply:

  • Current Resume/CV
  • Statement of Interest
  • Copy of Transcripts
  • 2 Reference letters

URISE Brochure - Outlines the Requirements, How to Apply, Compensation details, Industry Mentors ...etc

  • When you apply - REQUIRED
      • You must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
      • Currently enrolled student in good academic standing
      • Minimum of 24 credit hours completed
      • Must be here and available: No Work or Classes during the 10-week program
  • When you fill out the application
      • Current Resume/CV (keep it to 2 page max)
      • A scan of your transcripts
      • 2 letters of reference (make one from a STEM Prof)
      • Statement of Interest (300-500 words) and tell us why sustainable energy is of interest to you
  • When you come to University of Michigan-Dearborn
      • You get paid $5,000 (paid by check in 3 installments - beginning, middle & end)
      • You get to live free rent in The Union, across the street from campus
      • Travel cost to come to UMD is paid up to $300 and arrangements are handled through our travel agent
      • Conference costs are covered, including food