Research Experiences
for Undergraduates (REU)


NHERI REU Summer Program

Hands-on summer research for undergraduates. The NHERI REU Summer Program provides research opportunities at the eleven NHERI multi-hazard engineering and interdisciplinary research 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 reconnaissance, cyber infrastructure, data management, simulation, and social science research. Hands-on, research-based projects introduce participants to a network of engineers, scientists, and students who work toward mitigating natural hazards and understanding the impact of natural hazards on society.

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


REU Benefits

REU participants receive:

  • travel funds to and from the research facility,
  • housing subsidy to help with living expenses,
  • research stipend for their summer work,
  • valuable research and career experience alongside a faculty mentor and graduate 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.

2019 REU Students at the University of Texas at Austin.


What our alumni say...

REU Format

The summer research program accommodates eleven universities that have different academic schedules. For this reason, two 10-week program blocks are used. The 2021 NHERI REU Summer Program Block I is from June 2 – August 10, 2021 and includes Florida International University, Lehigh University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Florida, the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Block II will take place June 14 – August 20, 2021 and includes Oregon State University, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Washington.

The 2021 NHERI REU Summer Program will be mostly virtual and is jointly hosted by the NHERI site and NHERI ECO. A typical forty-hour week in the program includes graduate school and professional development workshops, research group meetings, networking, mentor evaluations, timesheets, reflections, research, and research writing.


Who is eligible?

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, architecture, and social science, to name a few. If you are interested in solving engineering dealing with natural hazards or understanding natural hazards' impact on society, this undergraduate research program is for you!

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

Check out our REU research

Dr. Tricia Clayton, Kathyrn, and Natasha attending the 2019 NHERI REU Research Symposium.


Still curious about what you learn during the NHERI REU Summer Program? Check out some of the resaerch posters REU participants created:

How to apply

The 2021 NHERI REU Summer Program application is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2022 NHERI REU Summer Program in October. Applications require the following information:

  • background information including the college(s) you attended, your GPA, and credits earned
  • two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a professor
  • facilities ranking (research sites) in order of preference
  • brief essay questions about your goals and experiences as an undergraduate student

(optional) unofficial transcripts, resume, and other scholarly undergraduate work.


For More Information

If you have questions about the NHERI REU Summer Program or the application process, please email us at reu-request@designsafe-ci.org.