Undergraduate Research

The Clean Energy Bridge to Research (CEBR) is a new REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) sponsored by the Clean Energy Institute and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF 1559787). It supports a select group of undergraduates to participate in authentic research in solar, energy storage and grid technologies.


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

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

It’s goals are

  • 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.

    Son Luang works with Zachary Neale on lithium ion batteries.


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The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.