A NATURAL HAZARDS ENGINEERING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE (NHERI)

Research Experiences
for Undergraduates (REU)

 

A student at the MAWLS facility at UFL


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.

The REU program provides students with opportunities to perform research in facilities like the Multi-Axis Wind Load Simulator (MAWLS) at University of Florida (pictured).

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.

Monday

Graduate school & professional development workshop

Tuesday

DELIVERABLE: Final research paper section due

Wednesday

Research group meetings

Thursday

NHERI Networking event

Friday

Weekly mentor evaluations and student timesheets due

Saturday

Facility outing / mentoring outreach

 

Eligibility

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.

Applications are due February 15, 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.

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Recommendations

Each student applying will need two letters of recommendation submitted via the Recommendation Form by the application deadline of February 15, 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 reu-request@designsafe-ci.org.  We will be happy to answer your questions.