College of Science

UC Santa Cruz REU Program

UC Santa Cruz REU students visiting SLAC, summer 2017

UC Santa Cruz REU students visiting SLAC, summer 2017

Research in Sustainable Materials Science and Engineering at UC Santa Cruz

This National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity of engaging in research in physics, chemistry, and engineering related to the discovery and study of materials that can be used in future sustainable technologies such as low-power electronic devices, renewable energy sources, biomimetic devices, and quantum computing. The research in many cases is highly interdisciplinary and includes faculty sponsors from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Electrical and Computing Engineering. Experimental and computational projects are available, depending on the interests of the students. Field trips to National Labs (Lawrence Berkeley and SLAC) are included. 

The program is especially designed for talented students from community colleges and other non-PhD granting institutions of higher learning who may be thinking of pursuing a post-graduate degree in the sciences or engineering.  Underrepresented minorities in science and engineering are encouraged to apply. 

Program Details 

What is it?

This program is especially designed for talented students from community colleges and other non-PhD granting institutions of higher learning who may be thinking of pursuing a post-graduate degree in the sciences or engineering. 

CAMPARE students will be part of the UC Santa Cruz REU program.  They receive a stipend of $4,500 for the nine-week program.  Housing with other REU students is provided on the beautiful UCSC campus, amongst the redwood trees and less than three miles from the ocean.  Up to $400 towards travel to UC Santa Cruz will be provided. In addition to the research, students will engage in educational and professional development activities. For example, weekly meetings will focus on technical writing, oral presentation, scientific poster preparation, graduate school application skills. Weekly group meetings give an opportunity to practice communicating your scientific findings to your peers and the wider scientific community. The research is presented by the students at a final poster session for the UC Santa Cruz Undergraduate Research Symposium at the end of the program.

Who should apply?

Students applying to the REU through CAMPARE must be enrolled in one of the CAMPARE participating institutions at the time of their application. They must also continue college as full-time students in Fall 2019. Students in the process of transferring from a community college to a four-year institution are welcome to apply. To be eligible, students must:

  • Have completed at least one year of college in an institution of higher education in the United States.
  • Expect to be enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior as of the Fall 2019 term at a post-secondary college or university institution in the United States. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (this is required by the federal agency that funds the program).
  • Agree to participate during the entire nine-week program.

After the research poster session, summer 2018

After the research poster session, summer 2018

When and How to Apply

Applications are due February 1, 2019. To apply to the program, follow the Application Instructions.

In addition, you must ask two faculty members (or others familiar with your academic or work background) to submit letters of reference using the link on the application instructions page. Indicate their names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses in your on-line application where appropriate. It is your responsibility to confirm that these letters have been sent and failure to obtain these two letters will render your application incomplete and lead to its rejection without review.

Successful students will be notified in March. The research program runs Sunday, June 16th to Saturday, August 17, 2019 (9 weeks). Participants must be available through at least Friday August 16.

 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants AST-1559559 and AST-1636646.