Research Experiences
for Undergraduates (REU)


We are excited to bring research opportunities at ten multi-hazard engineering equipment sites during a 10-week summer research program.  The NHERI Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is dedicated to helping undergraduate college students experience multi-hazard (earthquake, wind, tsunamis, and coastal) engineering as well as cyber infrastructure and data management with a hands-on, research-based project that will introduce participants to a network of engineers, scientists, and students working toward a common purpose.

VIDEO: The NHERI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2017 hosted a live informational webinar on January 24th, 2017, available to anyone interested in learning more about the program and how to apply. Attendees were shown the types of facilities participating in the REU program this year, the type of work students will be performing, and given opportunities to ask questions to REU program staff.

Sample Schedule

During the ten-week summer research program, selected participants will work with a faculty mentor to conduct research.  Additionally, participants will receive networking opportunities with other faculty and graduate students, guidance with graduate school and career  goals, and support completing a summer research paper.

The following is a schedule of events during a sample week of the program.


Graduate school & professional development workshop


DELIVERABLE: Final research paper section due


Research group meetings


NHERI Networking event


Weekly mentor evaluations and student timesheets due


Facility outing / mentoring outreach



The application is open to current undergraduate students working toward a degree that helps inform the civil engineering field.  Because the projects vary in scope, we are looking for a variety of majors including civil engineering, computer science, and architecture to name a few.  If you are interested in solving engineering issues dealing with natural hazards, this undergraduate research program is for you!

Under-represented minority, women, and veteran undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the REU program.


Benefits of Participating in the REU Program

Selected REU participants will receive:

  • travel funds to and from the research facility,
  • a research stipend for their summer work,
  • valuable research and career experience alongside a faculty mentor and gradute student researcher, and
  • networking opportunities with experienced engineering researchers, scientists, and experts in the NHERI community.

Spread the Word About REU

If you know a group of students who may be interested in participating in the REU program, please share with them this page or the REU flyer:

REU-Flyer-2017.pdf (149.3 KB)

How to Apply

To complete the online application, you will need to provide the following:

  • background information including the college(s) you attended, your GPA, and credits earned,
  • two letters of recommendation (see the link below), preferably from professors or supervisors who know your academic abilities and work ethic,
  • a ranking of the ten facilities (research sites) in order of preference, and
  • brief essay questions about your goals and experiences as an undergraduate student.

EXTENDED Applications are due March 1, 2017 at 11:59pm Central Time.  Letters of recommendation will also be due at that time.  Notification of decisions will be sent in mid-March 2017 to the email address provided in the application.

Apply Now!


Each student applying will need two letters of recommendation submitted via the Recommendation Form by the application deadline of EXTENDED TO March 1, 2017 at 11:59pm Central Time.  Each student who applies is responsible for informing their recommenders of the form and asking them to complete it by the deadline. 

For More Information

If you have any questions about the application process, please reach out with an email to  We will be happy to answer your questions.