The Stevens REU/RET Site offers 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. The 2022 Summer program will run in person at Stevens.

See the results from the 2021 Stevens REU/RET Site program.

Research Experiences For Undergraduate Students (REU)

Program Dates: May 31-August 5, 2022

a collage of students in the labStudents will work on research projects related to sustainable energy and bioengineering under the Stevens faculty mentorship for 10 weeks in Summer 2022. The program will educate students on entrepreneurial thinking and provide workshops to enhance students’ presentation, communication and research skills in science and engineering within a multi-level mentoring experience. The program will provide a $600/week stipend for students. On-campus housing will be provided.

Undergraduate Students will:

  • Gain knowledge and participate in research on topics focusing on sustainable energy, nanomaterials, nanotechnology or bioengineering
  • Work, interact and collaborate with Stevens faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from chemical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and chemical biology departments, high school teachers participating in the RET program as well as fellow REU students
  • Present a poster on your research project at the Research Symposium
  • Attend weekly lunch seminars on topics including: research techniques; materials and energy; literature searching; presentation skills; effective mentoring networks; 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 2022 Project Topics

a 3d model of a person's movementProject topics for summer 2022 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
  • Phase-field modeling for lithium nucleation on various surfaces Jae Chul Kim - Jae Chul Kim
  • Probing the nano-scale behavior of Ni-based bimetallic catalysts to produce renewable fuels and chemicals - Alyssa Hensley
  • Predicting the onset of white matter lesions in the aging brain - Johannes Weickenmeier 
  • The mechanics of human balance control - Antonia Zaferiou
  • Antimicrobial complexation with polyelectrolyte gels and microgels - Matt Libera
  • Development of novel organoboron reagents as enabling tools to access rare classes of bioactive organic compounds - Abhishek Sharma
  • Evaluating stem cell biology using intestinal organoids - Ansu Perekatt

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 2022 who have taken science or engineering courses. REU participants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United states or its possessions. 

Applications will be reviewed upon received.

Research Experiences For High School Teachers (RET)

Program Dates: July 11-August 5, 2022

A woman handling chemicals in a lab.High School Science teachers will participate in research projects through working with the faculty and students, a teacher facilitator and staff from the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) with the goal of forming a lesson plan and/or curriculum development focusing on an aspect of the program.

The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) component will offer a $1,000 support stipend for participants each week 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, fellow RET high school teacher participants, REU undergraduate students and Stevens undergraduate and graduate student researchers.
    • Develop curriculum with staff from the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
    • Present a poster at the 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

Seminars / Workshops / Symposium

The REU and RET participants will have a chance to interact through weekly group meetings, seminars and workshops. The REUs and RETs will present their research and lesson plans in the Summer Research Symposium which will be held the last week of the program.

When To Apply? 

Application deadline is April 15th.


Questions about the program, please contact:

NSF logoREU/RET Site program is funded by NSF, Grant # 2050921