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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Airborne Connections: From Emission Source to Impact to Solution

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Airborne contaminants originate in human activities and natural events, including energy use, agricultural development, wildfires, and releases from soil. They affect people and environments through respiratory ailments, lung cancer, disease transmission, poor visibility, and climate change. They occur differently in rural and urban areas, and indoors versus outdoors. Airborne contaminants reduce individual and community resilience, and their impacts fall disproportionately upon low-income communities.

The Mechanical Engineering Department at Colorado State University is offering an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in addressing this grand societal challenge during the summer term. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation, and provides students a chance to participate in cutting-edge, mentored research; explore STEM-related career paths; and participate in professional development opportunities. Students will be provided with student housing, a travel allowance and a $6000 stipend.

You Will:

-Work on a project in a faculty advisor's research group

-Hone a specific research skill and learn how it makes a difference in a complex situation

-Join a cohort of 10 students working on interrelated projects

-Practice professional skills like elevator speeches and formal presentations

-Hear from experts about professional pathways, including graduate school and entrepreneurship

-Receive a stipend and housing to support your participation.

We welcome rising college juniors and seniors (and community college students who have completed 45 semester hours) with interests in STEM and societal impact, who are seeking exposure to and experience in research. We would especially like to attract students who may not have considered research as a career, but who are curious and motivated to improve people's lives and surroundings.
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Participating Institution(s):
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Colorado State University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Sensor Science & Engineering
STEM Fields

Air Quality
Clean Energy
Climate Change
Climate Dynamics
Climate Modeling
Climate Physics
Climate Prediction
Climate Variability
Population Health

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 2/13/2024
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