University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Program Information

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Materials for Sustainability in Energy and Manufacturing

The Cullen College of Engineering (CCoE) at the University of Houston will host a Summer 2019 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program themed on “Materials for Sustainability in Energy and Manufacturing.” The program is designed to inspire bright and motivated undergraduates to pursue graduate education and careers in science and engineering research. Participants will work closely with leading materials scientists and engineers at CCoE and contribute to ongoing cutting-edge research in materials for sustainability in energy and manufacturing. During the ten-week program, students will learn to:

  • Define a research problem
  • Search the scientific literature
  • Design an experimental or computational research plan
  • Acquire and analyze data
  • Discuss research ethics and safety
  • Prepare a research presentation
  • Network with academic and industrial engineers 

The College of Engineering invites applications from qualified students (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) for the summer 2019 program. Participants will be selected based on past academic performance and promise for engineering-related research, as demonstrated by academic transcripts and a letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should come from a faculty member who knows the student well and can attest to the applicant’s initiative, imagination, creativity, and perseverence in previous work.

Program participants will work closely with REU faculty and graduate student mentors on an assigned project related to materials for sustainability. Participants will be provided library, office, and laboratory space. The program will closely follow the model used to train graduate students to conduct research. Under the close direction of the mentors, participants will search the literature, formulate a problem statement, and design a ten-week research plan. Over the course of the program, participants will develop the necessary research skills and subject expertise to independently formulate conclusions and to prepare a professional scientific presentation. After completing the program, participants will have acquired the skills necessary to conduct independent scientific research.

Completed applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. We encourage you to send application materials early. Each complete application will be acknowledged via email, and all applicants will be notified in April as to their status.

Students selected to participate in the program will receive a $5,000 stipend. All participants will stay in an on-campus apartment during the program (paid for through the REU program). Students whose home residence is outside the greater Houston area will receive a travel allowance to offset transportation costs.


The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.
Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Contact Information

REU Program Director
University of Houston
Cullen College of Engineering
N207 Engineering Building 1
4726 Calhoun Road
Houston, Texas 77204-4006
Fax: 713-743-4503
Email: reu_materials2019 [at] egr [dot] uh [dot] edu (Materials for Sustainability in Energy and Manufacturing)
Email: reu_brain [at] egr [dot] uh [dot] edu (Neurotechnologies to Help the Body Move, Heal and Feel Again)


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant number (tbd). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed in this materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.