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.

Unfortunately, we are not running the U-RISE program in the summer of 2023. The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and we ran it for the 3 summers as planned. We have requested to continue the program in future summers. Our request is pending, so it would be no earlier than Summer 2024.

REU Program - Summer 2022

  • Personalized one-to-one mentorship.

  • Webinars and training.

  • Professional development webinars.

  • Interactive workshops.

  • Journal clubs.

  • Social events.

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: December 1, 2021

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022

Selection & Decision Queries: March 1 - March 20, 2022

U-RISE Program: June 1 – August 9, 2022

What you need to apply:

  • Current Resume/CV

  • Statement of Interest

  • Copy of Transcripts

  • 2 Reference letters

  • When you apply - REQUIRED

      • You must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or Permanent Resident.

      • Currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. post secondary institute or in an undergraduate degree program leading to an associate or a baccalaureate degree.

      • Currently enrolled with good academic standing in a degree program.

      • Minimum of 24 credit hours completed.

      • Able to commit full-time to the 10-week program: No Work or Classes during the 10-week program.

  • Additional Considerations:

      • Minimum GPA 3.0 of 4.0 is preferred.

      • Students from i) a college or university with limited research facilities, ii) community colleges, iii) a underrepresented group, and iv) tribal college or university are highly encouraged to apply.

  • 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 professor)

      • Statement of Interests on how participating in this program: i) fits with your career & academic goals; ii) will benefit your future career plans; and iii) will benefit from the diversity of experiences you can contribute to the group.

  • REU experience in summer 2022

      • You get paid $5,000 (paid by checks in 3 installments - beginning, middle & end).

      • Free accommodation during the 10-week training program.

      • Round-trip travel support.

      • Domestic conference costs are covered to disseminate the REU research findings.