Clean Energy Bridge to Research REU Program

The Clean Energy Bridge to Research (CEBR) is a new summer research program¬† funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF 1559787) and co-sponsored by the Clean Energy Institute. It supports a select group of undergraduates and community college teachers to participate in authentic research in solar, energy storage, and grid technologies with mentorship by UW’s world-class faculty and grad students.

2016 CEBR REU student Eden Rivers works on new battery materials.

2016 CEBR student Eden Rivers works on new battery materials.

Program Goals:

  • Encourage students to pursue STEM careers.
  • Provide exposure to research at a hands-on level.
  • Improve student knowledge about the nature of research including ambiguity, evolving understanding, and the open ended nature of research.
  • Develop student inquiry skills including formulating research questions, experimental design, analysis, scientific communication, and envisioning future steps.
  • Impart relevant, state of the art content in photovoltaics, energy storage and smart grids in the domains of physics, chemistry, materials science and electrical engineering.

A. Full Research Session: June 18-August 17, 2018

For students who have completed two years of college or community college. This is a nine-week immersive research project in a single lab leading to an abstract and poster  This session provides a stipend of $4,000, on-campus housing, $500 for food, and a $500 travel allowance.

B. Exploratory Session: June 18-July 18, 2018

For students who have completed one year of college or community college. This is a four-week early research experience. Students will receive training, then complete a mini research project under the tutelage of a graduate student and create an educational product related to their work. Exploratory fellows may apply for the Full Research Session the following year. This session provides a stipend of $2,000.

C. Research Experience for Community College Teachers : June 18-July 18, 2018

For community college teachers working with students who have the goal of integrating clean energy research into their curriculum. This session provides a stipend of $4,000.

Eligibility

This program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Key Program Dates:

Application Deadline: February 16, 2018
Program Starts: June 18, 2018