Clean Energy Bridge to Research REU / RET Program

Clean Energy Bridge to Research (CEBR) is a summer research program run by the Clean Energy Institute (CEI) and Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Washington (UW). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF 1559787). CEBR supports a select group of undergraduates, 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.


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

Key Program Dates

Application Deadline: Applications now closed
Program Start: June 22, 2020

Applications for Summer 2020 are now closed.

Faculty Sponsors

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

Meet REU participants from earlier years.

Other REU program listings

Other UW summer programs

All NSF sponsored REU

Pathways to Science

New Program

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

A. Full Research Session: June 22–August 21, 2020

For students who have completed one or 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. Research Experience for Community College Teachers : June 22–July 31, 2020

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

RET Program Details and Application