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SUMMER 2021: Although the COVID-19 situation remains fluid, we are preparing for the summer 2021 program to run from June 1 to August 6. Federal, state and university guidelines permitting, we look forward to inviting 10 students to join us for a summer of research. We will begin making offers on March 1. Offers will be made on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Application for an REU Site will open in early January (see Eligibility and Application). Students who were accepted to REU 2020 and are interested and eligible to participate in 2021 will be given a priority.

WPI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Clean Energy Science and Technology offers chemistry, physics and engineering students an opportunity to join one of many interdisciplinary research teams in WPI Energy Research Group for a summer research project. REU participants will pursue research projects in biomass conversion to fuels, solar energy materials and devices, photophysics of energy materials, and energy efficient devices for high bandwidth communications, and explore the impact of clean energy technology on plant and animal species.

In addition to carrying out cutting-edge research, REU participants will attend weekly professional development seminars and workshops. They will learn about careers in renewable energy industry, non-for-profits and government sector, academic research and STEM education. Program will conclude with the final poster presentation.

We place a strong emphasis on recruiting students from traditionally disadvantaged groups: racial and ethnic minorities, women, and students from low socioeconomic status communities.

Participants receive a $5,000 stipend ($500 per week). Students from outside Worcester area receive on-campus housing and funds for travel to and from Worcester.  Conference travel funding will be awarded to winners of the final poster competition who would like to present their REU results at national or regional conferences.

REU poster presentations – summer 2019

REU students introducing clean energy concepts to Girls, Inc high school students – summer 2019.