The Stevens REU/RET Site will offer research and educational opportunities for both undergraduates and high school teachers to expose them to interdisciplinary research in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, and chemical biology laboratories in the summer months.

This year the program will be primarily virtual and programs will be facilitated using Zoom and SpatialChat platforms.

Research Experience For Undergraduate Students (REU)

Program Dates: June 7-July 30, 2021

a collage of students in the labStudents will work on research projects related to sustainable energy and bioengineering under the Stevens faculty mentorship for 8 weeks in Summer 2021. The program will educate students on entrepreneurial thinking and provide workshops to enhance students’ presentation skills in science and engineering within a multi-level mentoring experience. The summer 2021 program will provide a $400/week support stipend for students.

Undergraduate Students will:

  • Gain knowledge and participate in research on topics focusing on sustainable energy, nanomaterials, nanotechnology or bioengineering
  • Work with faculty and graduate students from chemical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and chemical biology departments and with high school teachers participating in the RET
  • Present poster on your research project at the Virtual Research Symposium
  • Attend weekly lunch seminars on topics including: research techniques; materials and energy; presentation skills; effective mentoring network; inclusive teaching; ethics in research

students in a lab

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshops

Student experiences will be enriched through Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RI&E) workshops to raise awareness about the potential for innovation and entrepreneurship related to their research. Students will form teams that will work together to identify and categorize new technologies, products and services based on their research work. The teams will also collaborate in creating materials to support pitches that will summarize their research and its commercial potential.

Summer 2021 Project Topics

a 3d model of a person's movementProject topics with computational components available for summer 2021 are listed below with the faculty names and websites under each project topic:

  • Ion transport in polymer electrolytes - Pinar Akcora
  • Stevens' hypersonic wind tunnel - Nick Parziale
  • Uncovering longitudinal brain shape changes in Alzheimer’s disease patients via image registration - Johannes Weickenmeier 
  • Simulating biomarker progression in personalized brain models of Alzheimer’s patients - Johannes Weickenmeier 
  • Predicting the onset of white matter lesions in the aging brain - Johannes Weickenmeier 
  • The mechanics of human balance control - Antonia Zaferiou
  • Bioengineered catalysts with artificial functions for sustainable chemistry - Yong Zhang 
  • Phase-field modeling for lithium nucleation on various surfaces - Jae Chul Kim

REU students will indicate their top preferences for project topics and you will be matched with a topic/advisor when accepted.

Who Should Apply? 

Underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Undergraduate Students who will be seniors, juniors, and sophomores in fall 2021 who have taken science or engineering courses. REU participants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United states or its possessions. 

Application deadline is April 15, 2021 and complete applications are reviewed as received.


Research Experience For High School Teachers (RET)

Program Dates: July 5-July 30, 2021

A woman handling chemicals in a lab.High School Science teachers will participate in research projects through working with the faculty, teacher facilitator and The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) towards forming their lesson and curriculum development.

The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) component will offer a $1,000/week support stipend for participants for four weeks.

Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge on sustainable energy, nanomaterials, nanotechnology and bioengineering
  • Create lesson plans focused on nanotechnology and engineering for high school curriculum
  • Work with faculty from chemical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and chemical biology departments and with undergraduate researchers
  • Develop curriculum with The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
  • Present a poster at the Virtual Research Symposium
  • Participate in a training series on:
    • Incorporating Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning in the Science Classroom
    • Managing the Engineering Design Process in Class
    • Increasing Formative Assessment Strategies in the Classroom

Who Should Apply? 

High School Science Teachers from Abbott districts are encouraged to apply. 

Application deadline is April 15, 2021 and complete applications are reviewed as received.


Contact

Questions about the program, please contact:

NSF logoREU/RET Site program funded by NSF. Grant # 2050921