Clean Energy Bridge to Research REU / RET Program

Clean Energy Bridge to Research (CEBR) is a summer research program from the Clean Energy Institute (CEI) at the University of Washington (UW).  The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF 1559787) and UW’s Undergraduate Research Program partners with CEI to run the program. CEBR supports a select group of undergraduates and community or tribal college students and teachers to participate in authentic research in solar, energy storage, and grid technologies under the mentorship of UW’s world-class faculty and grad students. CEBR builds on the success of the now completed Hooked On Photonics REU program.

CEI Graduate Fellow Evan Jahrman works with CEBR students in the Seidler Lab (Physics)

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, designing experiments, analyzing data, communicating results, 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.

Applications for Summer 2019 are now closed

These are the Faculty/Labs who are open to sponsor this year: REU Sponsor Faculty


Meet our 2018 participants.

A. Full Research Session: June 24-August 23, 2019

For students who have completed two years of college, community college or tribal 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 $5,000, on-campus housing, $600 for food, and a $500 travel allowance.

B. Exploratory Session: June 24-July 19, 2019

For students who have completed one year of college, community college or tribal college. This is a four-week early research experience. Students will receive training, then complete a mini research project under the guidance of a graduate student and create an educational product related to their work. Students may apply for the Full Research Session the following year. This session provides a stipend of $2,500, $300 for food, and a $500 travel allowance.


This program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  This program prioritizes non-UW students.

Key Program Dates:

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Program Starts: June 24, 2019

C. Research Experience for Community College Teachers : June 24 – Aug 2, 2019

For community college teachers who have the goal of integrating clean energy research into their curriculum. This session provides a stipend of $6,000.

Program Details and Application

New Program–  Consider applying for the new Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C) REU which is structured the same as the CEBR REU and involves many of the same labs.  When applying for CEBR you will be given the option to forward your application to the MEM-C REU or you may apply to the program directly.