Undergraduate Research Opportunity

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is currently taking applications for undergraduates to participate in a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site in Advanced Infrastructural Materials located in Lafayette, LA.

They are seeking highly motivated undergraduate students to participate in a life-changing research experience. Students accepted to this competitive program will have the opportunity to spend 10 weeks (May 25-July 31, 2020) in the heart of Cajun Country in Lafayette, Louisiana, working with researchers in interdisciplinary fields related to civil engineering and infrastructure materials.  

Students involved in research in this REU program will participate in a vibrant research community engaged in innovative, multidisciplinary research to address some of the most pressing infrastructural problems. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor and engaged in hands-on research, field trips, and meet and greets with leading researchers in materials science and civil engineering. Students will develop valuable skills conducting literature reviews, scientific integrity, scientific writing, innovation in research, data collection and analysis, and presentation of research findings to diverse audiences.  Students will gain the education, networking opportunities, and mentorship to prepare them for further academic pursuits in graduate school and future careers in science, technology, engineering and math. For ten (10) weeks during summer 2020, REU students will be housed on-campus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This campus is located in the heart of Cajun Culture and is within walking distance from downtown shopping, nightlife, and some of the best Cajun restaurants in the country.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette is seeking diverse students from universities and colleges nationwide. Students from underrepresented groups, first generation college students, and students without undergraduate research opportunities at their home universities or colleges are highly encouraged to apply. 

Selected students will receive on-campus housing, monetary compensation ($500/week), travel support (up to $400), and research support.

Interested students can apply by filling out an online form. Applications are open now through April 6, 2020.

Application website: 

https://www.nsfreu.org/ ;  students must apply for AIM REU Louisiana Site.

 Any questions about the application process can be directed to the site directors: Dr. VJ Gopu at v.gopu@la.gov


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