Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates - or REUs - offer students opportunities to gain valuable research skills that makes them highly competitive for jobs, internships, and graduate school scholarships.

Explore Research Experiences for Undergraduates in:

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Each summer, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University hosts undergraduate students from around the country in our research laboratories. These students work with a faculty member and their research group to tackle an innovative research project. Students admitted to the program receive a competitive award that provides a monthly research stipend.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Each summer, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Duke University hosts undergraduate students from around the world in our research laboratories. These students will work with a faculty member and their research group to tackle an innovative research project. Students admitted to the program receive a competitive monthly research stipend.

Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology 

The Duke-led Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) hosts a Center-wide Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU) funded by the National Science Foundation. The REU program is hosted by four CEINT partner institutions: Duke, Virginia Tech, and Carnegie Mellon Universities as well as the European Center for Research and Education in Geosciences and the Environment (CEREGE) in Aix-en-Provence, France. This REU provides students with opportunities to participate in their own original research projects at these placement sites with a focus on the environmental impacts of nanotechnology. This 10 week summer REU program offers a paid stipend and covers students housing and travel to research sites. To learn more and apply, visit: ceint.duke.edu/reu or contact Dr. Glenda Kelly- Associate Director for Assessment and Outreach-CEINT at glenda.kelly@duke.edu 

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University provides a research experience for undergraduate students (REU), hosting undergraduates from around the country in its research laboratories. The REU students will work with a faculty member and their research group to tackle an innovative research project. Students admitted to the program will receive a competitive, monthly research stipend.

Site Program for Increasing Diversity at the Pratt School of Engineering

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site Program for Increasing Diversity at Duke Engineering offers challenging research opportunities to students nationwide to spend a summer researching at Pratt on the Duke University campus. This nine-week paid program offers research in all the departments of the Pratt School of Engineering—Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networks (WISeNet)

Undergraduate students from around the country may participate in an REU experiences with the Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networks (WISeNet)  Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program at Duke University, which focuses on interdisciplinary research in wireless sensor networks. This nine-week paid REU experience offers research in the areas listed below.  In their WISeNet research, students will contribute to the development of intelligent sensor systems that process, store, and learn from data so as to improve their ability to gather information over time. By participating in WISeNet, students also contribute first hand to unprecedented observations of environmental and ecological processes, and more effective and reliable use of sensors for defense and national security.  The program’s thematic basis is the development of intelligent sensors that process, store, and learn from data so as to improve their ability to gather information over time. Broader impacts include unprecedented observation of environmental and ecological processes, and more effective and reliable use of sensors for defense and national security. An application which includes full descriptions of these WISeNet projects (along with other REU projects offered this summer) can be found at http://www.pratt.duke.edu/reu/absher , or you can contact Martha Absher, Associate Dean for Education and Outreach at the Pratt School of Engineering, at mabsher@duke.edu and state that you are interested in the WISeNet REU opportunities. All eligible undergraduate students are encouraged to apply, especially if you are interested in considering future graduate research in the WISeNet Program.  An undergraduate summer experience is a great way to start!

Soft Matter and Materials 

The Triangle MRSEC is a collaborative center involving Duke University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We are studying programmed assembly of soft matter, inventing materials that have never before existed and creating ways to use those materials. Join us this summer and be a part of our research.