SMASH Engineering REU

2024 Smash Web

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Soft Materials for Applications in Sustainability and Healthcare Engineering (SMASH Engineering)

Important Dates 

  • Applications accepted beginning March 18, 2024

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  • Application deadline (including letters of recommendation): April 5, 2024
  • 9-week program: May 28 to July 27

Program Details

  • The SMASH Engineering REU site will provide an immersive, full-time research experience for undergraduate students to develop their ability to advance materials-based solutions that help address engineering challenges, including:
    • creating a sustainable energy future
    • preserving the natural environment
    • providing water to the world’s population
    • developing affordable healthcare solutions
  • Researchers will work with Notre Dame faculty and graduate students in research labs affiliated with the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering program, and Bioengineering program.

Program Highlights

  • All REU participants will receive a stipend of $5,400, plus lodging, meal allowance, and fully-funded travel
  • End of summer research poster session
  • Social and professional development opportunities focused on career discernment, effective research communication, and science and engineering entrepreneurship.

Who Should Apply

  • This opportunity is ideal for highly-motivated undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds, including those from minority serving institutions (MSIs) and those at colleges lacking expansive research opportunities. Prior research experience is NOT a pre-requisite

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*US citizenship or permanent residency is required for eligibility, per the National Science Foundation requirements.

**Funded by the National Science Foundation