NSF Undergraduate Summer Research Experience

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The Program

The ten-week REU in Polymers will be held May 29 - Aug. 2, 2019.  Approximately 12 research opportunities will be available for the Summer of 2019. In addition to cutting-edge research, REU participants will participate in weekly sessions emphasizing the fundamentals of polymer science and engineering, ethics, communication skills and graduate school preparation. Local industry tours and social activities are also planned. REU students are required to present a poster and submit a final report at the end of the summer. Each REU participant will receive a $4,500 stipend payable in two installments. Housing, meal allowance and travel costs are also provided.

Students (non-CWRU) majoring in polymer science and engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science and engineering or a related field are encouraged to apply.  Women, underrepresented minorities and students from primarily undergraduate institutions are especially encouraged to apply. Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

Apply now.

Frequently Asked Questions Prior to Applying

1.     Are CWRU students eligible to apply?

We typically do not admit CWRU students and instead encourage them to apply to REU programs at other institutions.

2.     Are official transcripts required?

Yes, official transcripts are required and must be received prior to the application deadline.

3.     What are the housing arrangements?

On-campus housing will be provided near the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering. The dorm rooms are configured  with individual bedrooms, common living room, and a bathroom per suite.  Each building has a fully equipped kitchen, game room, and laundry facilities.

4.     Are the dorm cafeterias open during the summer? 

No; however, several grocery stores, on-campus dining facilities and restaurants are within walking  distance of the dorm. A meal card allowance will be provided that may be used at several on- and off-campus establishments.

5.     Will my travel costs be reimbursed? 

Travel support is provided up to $500 roundtrip.

6.     Will I receive a confirmation that my application is complete?

Due to the large number of applications received, e-mails will not be sent with application status. 

7.     I am unavailable to start at the beginning of the REU program. May I delay my start?

You must be available for the entire 10 week program.

8.   Is it possible for me to enroll in coursework during the summer? 

Since the activities of the REU program are full-time, this is typically discouraged.


Apply now. Please address any application questions you may have to reu-polymers@case.edu