Research Experiences
for Undergraduates (REU)


The NHERI REU Summer Program provides research opportunities at the ten NHERI multi-hazard engineering sites during a 10-week summer research program. The NHERI REU program is dedicated to helping undergraduate college students experience multi-hazard engineering as well as cyber infrastructure, data management, and simulation sites. Hands-on, research based projects introduce participants to a network of engineers, scientists, and students working toward mitigating the effects of natural hazards.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled undergraduate students may apply for this summer program.


Students participating in the REU program will have hands-on work in NHERI facilities like the Oregon State University Wave Research Laboratory.

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 from the 2017 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 U.S. Citizen and Permanent Resident students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.  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 Summer 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,
  • travel to another NHERI REU site to present research project, and
  • networking opportunities with experienced engineering researchers, scientists, and experts in the NHERI community.

2018 Research Presentations

August 6-7 the 2018 REU students traveled to Oregon State University to present their work to fellow REU students, faculty mentors, NHERI staff, and other interested community members.  A full schedule of presentations on all 2018 REU projects and links for attending the event remotely can be found at:

2018 REU Research Presentations

The posters and presentation slides are published on to the DesignSafe Data Depot.


2017 Students and Projects

The first annual NHERI REU program took place during the summer of 2017.  Seventeen undergraduate students were placed within sixteeen projects spread throughout the ten NHERI sites.

After working hands-on with graduate students and faculty within NHERI experimental facilities for ten weeks, students met at Florida International University to present their experience to all the participants in the REU program.  Students also produced research posters and research papers about their projects.


Browse the 2017 REU Projects


Spread the Word About REU

If you know a group of students who may be interested in participating in the 2019 REU program, please share this page or the REU Flyer with them.

How to Apply - Deadline Extended to Feb. 7

Students can complete the online application by providing 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.
  • (optional) unofficial transcripts, resume, and other scholarly undergraduate work.

Applications for the summer 2019 program will close February 7, 2019 at 11:59pm Central (deadline extended).  Letters of recommendation are also due at that time.  Notification of decisions will be sent by March 2019 to the email address provided in the application.

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Each student applying needs two letters of recommendation submitted via the Recommendation Form by the application deadline of February 7, 2019 (deadline extended).  Each student who applies is responsible for informing their recommenders of the letter submission form and asking them to complete it by the deadline.

Submit Letter

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.