Program Information for Summer 2017

May 29th, 2017 to August 4th, 2017
Deadline for receipt of applications: February 15th, 2017

IMG_8927We are looking forward to hosting 10 undergraduate students during summer 2017 for an exciting and enriching research immersion program.  All students accepted into the program will have the opportunity to complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor and their team.  Each applicant therefore is encouraged to carefully read the project descriptions posted on this website and within the application portal you will be asked to select your top three projects.  You will see that we have selected a diverse collection of cutting edge materials science research projects that will explore the role of interfaces and surfaces on system response. 

After applicants submit their packets, a faculty team will read through the applications and select students for interviews and offers.  Please note that once offers go out, students will have one week to either accept or reject the offers.  We will tell you with your offer which faculty mentor you will be paired with.

Once in the program, you will see that this program is not just about running laboratory tests.  It will help you learn how to identify where your work sits within the larger research field, guide you through data analysis and help you develop the knowledge and skills related to your future career path (directly into industry or applying to graduate programs).  In addition, all participants will take part in a series of professional development workshops (topics spanning from resume building to applying to the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship program), take part in K-12 outreach and have a chance to meet with local industrial entrepreneurs and academic researchers.  


  • Chance to work with a team on exciting research projects at Clemson University for the summer.
  • Stipend- $5,500
  • Free housing (students will live in two bedroom apartment on the campus with kitchens)
  • Travel stipend ($500 when living more than 60 miles from CU)
  • Option to participate in a zipline adventure with other REU students
  • Free parking
  • Access to athletic facilities


  • Students at all levels of their undergraduate work and from a variety of majors are sought for this program.
  • Priority will be given to under-represented students who have at least a 3.5 GPA and who have not had a research experience within an REU program.
  • All participants must be currently registered at a two or four year college, and may not have received their Bachelor’s degree prior to January 2018.
  • Women and members of demographic groups traditionally underrepresented in engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.

To Apply:

  • Read through the 2016 projects being offered
  • Prepare your resume and scan a current copy of your transcripts
  • Identify one person who will be willing to submit a recommendation (preferably someone from your institution)
  • Click on the ‘Apply Here’ button.

Expected Artifacts For Each REU Participant

Questions ?

Send emails to Dr. Kennedy: