Category: Undergraduate Research

SURF advising session – Jan 29


Virtual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Advising

Applications are open for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)! The deadline is Friday, February 12.

If you have questions about applying to the SURF program, watch our video and join us for a drop-in advising session. Dr. Robert Handler, SURF program manager, will be available to answer questions on Zoom on Friday, January 29, from 3-5 p.m. at

2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

Applications for 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) are now open. Fellowship recipients will spend the summer working on an individual research project under the guidance of a Michigan Tech faculty mentor.

SURFs are open to all Michigan Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer term. Awards are $4,000. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 12.

For more information and access to the application materials and instructions, please visit the SURF webpage.

NHERI Summer REU Opportunity

The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) community invites undergraduates to apply for the 2020 NSF-funded NHERI Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NHERI REU) Summer Program.

Currently enrolled undergraduate students interested in mitigating the effects of natural hazards are invited to apply online at Undergraduates with an interest in civil engineering, environmental engineering, architecture, geology, computer science, computer programming, simulation, and other related fields will greatly benefit from this research opportunity. Students will spend ten weeks working with a faculty mentor and other REU students on a research-based project at one of ten NHERI research facilities around the country. 

An informational flyer is available online at

Deadline has been extended to March 9, 2020 at 11:59pm.

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: ;  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

Undergraduate Research Volunteers Needed

Researchers at Michigan Tech University are seeking young adults to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of lighting conditions on balance recovery. We seek individuals 18-40 years old who do not currently have any musculoskeletal disorders or injuries, history of traumatic injuries, or have any vestibular or neurological disorders that affect your balance. For this study, individuals will be asked to perform a series of trials that will challenge their balance in three different lighting environments. During these trials you will wear sensors that will measure your movement. Results from this study allows researchers and clinical practitioners ways to improve the avoidance of falls. 

You will be excluded from this study if you:

  • Are not between the ages of 18-40 years old
  • Are currently diagnosed with a musculoskeletal disorder or injury
  • Has been or is diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury
  • Has been or is diagnosed with vestibular or neurological disorders that affect balance

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact Jessica Pitts at or Adison Cook at

Diversity Internship Opportunities!

Environment for the Americas coordinates over 40 paid internship opportunities for diverse youth interested in careers in natural resources, environmental education, communications, history, and more with federal agencies across the country.

Mosaics in Science applications will be accepted through February 3rd, 2020, and LHIP through February 7th, 2020.

Please see attached flyers for more information.


Paid Summer Research Programs!

Most programs offer both a stipend and housing and travel support. Programs range across all STEM disciplines and all areas of the country!

NSF REU program: UC San Diego Structural Engineering Department

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 NSF Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program on “Designing for Safety and Safety by Design”. This eight-week summer program hosted at UC San Diego (La Jolla, CA) aims to immerse students in a highly interdisciplinary research environment in the field of engineered structures. Students will work in pairs and under the guidance of student and faculty mentors to tackle problems related to the design, analysis, modeling, monitoring, maintenance, and sustainment of aerospace, civil, marine, and mechanical structures. During their research tenure at UC San Diego, students will receive professional training, graduate school preparation, and engage in social activities. Students will receive a stipend of $4,000, and housing, meals, and round-trip travel will also be covered.

We encourage all eligible students (U.S. citizens and permanent resident undergraduate students at all stages with a GPA of >3.0) to apply before January 15, 2020. More information about the Program and how to apply can be found here:


Chuck Farrar

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow

Engineering Institute Leader

MS T-001

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, NM 87545

Ph: 505-665-0860

Cell: 505-500-7302

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 NSF Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program on “Designing for Safety and Safety by Design”. This eight-week summer program hosted at UC San Diego (La Jolla, CA) aims to immerse students in a highly interdisciplinary research environment in the field of engineered structures.
More information about the Program and how to apply can be found here:


World Water Day Poster Competition

The Great Lakes Research Center invites graduate and undergraduate students to participate in this year’s World Water Day Poster Competition.  This year’s theme is Leaving No One Behind – Human Rights: Near & Far.
Cash awards will be presented in 2 prize categories:
  Original Research: presentation of thesis or project research involving any aspect of water
  Coursework/Informational: presentation of coursework or literature based research. Extra points are awarded for Coursework/Information posters that incorporate the WWD theme. Posters in this category can be submitted by individuals or groups and as course assignments.
Format of the Poster session:
1) Poster Registrations will be accepted through Monday, March 18.  Email the registration form to
2) PowerPoint versions of each poster will be emailed to by midnight on Thursday, March 21.
3) Posters and oral presentations will be evaluated on Monday, March 25.
     Evaluations:  oral presentations of each poster (displayed by PowerPoint) will be evaluated by a panel of 3 faculty judges in the Dow 8th floor conference rooms between noon and 2:00 pm
     Poster Displays: Posters will be on display in the MUB Ballroom from 1:00 – 6:00.  Students are expected to be near the posters for informal discussions between 2:30 and 4:00 pm.  The World Water Day keynote lecture immediately follows the Poster Session.
Additional World Water Day events:
1) Art Show: Wilderness, in the Great Lakes Research Center (March 21 – June 14)
2) Green Film: Marathon for Justice, Wednesday, March 20 in Forestry G002
3) At 4:00 on March 25th in the MUB Ballroom, The World Water Day lecture “Mapping the Water Crisis of Unaffordability”by Monica Lewis-Patrick from We the People of Detroit will be preceded by the Welcome to Traditional Homelands by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Woodland Singers from the Ojibwe and Menominee Nations. The lecture will be followed by an open reception.  Poster Awards will be announced at the lecture.
4) WWD Panel Discussion and Art Recognition Reception will be held on Tuesday, March 26 in GLRC 202. A concluding ceremony with the Woodland Singers will close the World Water Day events.
Please check our World Water Day webpage for an updated schedule of activities or email me with any questions ( or