Through original research, students learn new experimental, computational, and theoretical skills that can help both in their class work and in their future careers. Research also provides an opportunity for students to experience, while still undergraduates, the challenges, expectations, and excitement that would occur if they chose a career path that included graduate school followed by academic or industrial research.
If you are interested in participating in undergraduate research for course credit, please submit the request form.
More information on undergraduate research in CBE can be found here.
Research for Course Credit
CBE 48901 - Undergraduate Research
A research project at the undergraduate level under the supervision of a faculty member.
CBE 48902 - Advanced Undergraduate Research
This course is intended for students with previous research experience and requires at least one credit of 48901 as a prerequisite. It requires a written final report. This course will count as a technical or engineering elective.
CBE 48903 - Undergraduate Thesis
This course requires a written thesis document that is defended to a committee of faculty. At least one credit of 48901 research is a prerequisite, although several semesters are recommended. This course will count in place of a chemical engineering elective.
Research Experience for Undergraduates
Please check out the NSF website to search for a complete list of REU programs nationwide. Below are a few of the REUs and other research internships that are relevant to CBE students. Check again later for updates.
The incumbent will learn hands on experience, assist in implementation of new chemical products through the new product group and assist in troubleshooting existing chemical processes.
West Virginia Univeristy Center for Neruoscience Summer Internship Applications due by February 1, 2014
Bioprocess Engineering for Sustainability, Applications reviewed beginning February 1, 2014 until spots are filled. Still accepting apps as of 3/5
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Regional Initiative to Promote Undergraduate Participation in Experimental and Computational Materials Research, Application deadline March 15, 2014
University of Alabama
*new* Leveraging Computational Tools for Enhancing Engineering Innovation March 15th, 2014 Program Flier
University of Kentucky
Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices, Application Deadline February 14, 2014
REU in Nanotechnology
Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy
Kansas State University (K State)
Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) Applications due by February 14, 2014
University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
Ole Miss Physical Chemistry Research Program, Application Deadline February 24, 2014
University of Pittsburgh
Particle-based Functional Materials (PFM) Applications accepted until March 1, 2014
University of Pittsburgh Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Final application deadline March 1, 2014
Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Nanoscience and Engineering Applications due by February 15, 2014
Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program (LARSS) Applications due by February 1, 2014