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Research Experience for Undergraduates

REU student in the lab

Candice Smith from Spelman College was a REU student. She is shown here working in the lab of Professor Sam Gellman.

It is vitally important that undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate study in science and engineering be exposed to research prior to attending graduate school. ICE provides such opportunities by sponsoring a series of summer undergraduate research programs in which students work in the research labs of individual faculty members.

For more information about what to expect from a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at UW and how to apply please watch the following videos: CLICK HERE


Integrated Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science Research Experience for Undergraduates Programs

In this integrated program, students interested in chemistry-related sciences and engineering have the opportunity to pursue summer research in three themed summer programs. The participants in all three REU programs form a larger community of chemistry related researchers and have an opportunity to see the breadth and depth of the chemical sciences and engineering research being conducted on the UW–Madison campus. A description of each of the three programs is below.


REU in Nanotechnology

The REU in Nanotechnology program was established by ICE in 2006 on behalf of two UW–Madison research centers: the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) and the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). This REU in Nanotechnology attracts highly qualified undergraduates from across the nation who spend a 10-week paid internship in the laboratory of a faculty member who is a part of the NSEC or MRSEC where they work on a nanotechnology-related research project. There they are exposed to cutting edge interdisciplinary research and are able to join a larger community of science and engineering researchers for social as well as professional development activities.

The REU in Nanotechnology seeks highly qualified students for experiences in the following academic departments:

CLICK HERE to find out more about REU in Nanotechnology or to apply.

Support for the REU in Nanotechnology program is provided by the UW-Madison NSEC


REU in Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering

ICE hosted the inaugural University of Wisconsin–Madison REU in Chemistry program during summer 2008, but it has since expanded to include opportunities in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The summer program attracts highly qualified undergraduates from across the nation who spend a 10-week paid internship working in the laboratory of a faculty member in Chemistry or Chemical and Biological Engineering. There students are exposed to cutting edge chemistry-related research and are able to be a part of the larger science and engineering community for both social and professional development.

CLICK HERE to find out more about the REU in Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering or to apply.


REU in the Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy

ICE proudly announces a REU in the Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy, its newest REU program. Thanks to a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, ICE can now provide research experiences for 10 talented students who are interested in participating in cutting edge research that investigates the creation of materials to support renewable energy. Students will spend 10 weeks working on an energy-related project in the lab of a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry or Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and have the opportunity to be part of a larger community of science and engineering researchers for social and professional development.

CLICK HERE to find out more about REU in the Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy or to apply.