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REU in Bioenergy

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

PLEASE NOTE: After six successful years of the REU program, we are currently awaiting the renewal of the REU program from the National Science Foundation. When we have the decision from the National Science Foundation, we will update the page accordingly.

Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Projects on Bioenergy

Summer 2015 (May 25 to July 31, 2015)

This interdisciplinary REU site invites ten undergraduate students in plant science, chemistry, biology, engineering, or economics to learn research skills and to work independently on research projects related to bioenergy.

The program is structured into four different focus areas:

  • feedstock development and production
  • bioprocessing,
  • environmental sustainability,
  • economic, societal and global impacts of bioenergy production.

The research projects will introduce the participating students to the whole spectrum of bioenergy research from feedstock genomics, to new technologies in bioprocessing and the conversion of bioenergy crops into biofuels, to ecological and environmental sustainability of agricultural bioenergy crop production, but will also consider the societal and economic impacts of global bioenergy production. The faculty mentors are from six different departments:

  • Biology and Microbiology,
  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering,
  • Plant Science,
  • Chemistry,
  • Economics, and
  • Geospatial Sciences.

and have all active research programs on bioenergy.












The program encourages nationwide applications from motivated students from diverse backgrounds. Students will be selected according to their transcripts and research interests. Students who are admitted to the program will be supplied with a stipend, housing, meals and airfare. Under-represented minorities and students from colleges with limited access to research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply. More information is available by contacting Heike Bücking or Jose Gonzalez.

To find more information about the program and the application visit the links in the breakout box on the right.