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Summer Undergraduate Researchers Stage Poster Session on August 4

Chancellor Subbaswamy at 2016 REU poster session

An enterprising group of undergraduate researchers, working on cutting-edge projects, will present a joint poster session of their summertime Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on Friday, August 4, from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the Campus Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. All the posters will be on display for visitors, and the student researchers will be available to explain each project in understandable language for nonscientists. See College of Engineering REU page

The group of researchers includes 15 students from the Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences REU Wind Energy IGERT Program, all funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and various other undergrads from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and the UMass Amherst Departments of Physics and Chemistry.

All these REU students perform independent summer research under the mentorship of faculty and graduate students, participate in seminars and professional development activities, and present their research to a broad scientific and engineering community.

The showcase REU program for the College of Engineering is its collaboration with the College of Natural Sciences on the summer REU Wind Energy IGERT Program. Students participating in this program come from colleges across the United States. See Wind Energy REU Students

This program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in exploring research in a wide range of wind energy topics, including engineering, wildlife ecology, and policy. View some sample projects by clicking here [pdf].

The Wind Energy REU program allows undergraduates to perform hands-on summer research while earning a stipend of $500 per week for 8-to-10 weeks. Participating students can also receive support for housing and eligible travel expenses. In addition to mentored research projects and hands-on research field trips, students participate in weekly seminars on professional development and on the state of the art in wind energy research. This program provides undergraduates with a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with leaders in the field of wind energy.

REU participants benefit from the fact that wind energy is in the forefront of national energy policy. Wind is the only renewable energy source that is cost-competitive with the traditional energy sources of gas, coal, oil, and nuclear. Consequently, over the past decade wind has become the fastest growing energy source in the world. However, the challenges of mushrooming wind energy markets are complex. Experience with proposed offshore wind farms in the U.S. demonstrates that environmental, social, economic, and regulatory issues are just as important as solving the engineering challenges.

These summer REU projects introduce today’s undergraduates - the next generation of pioneering wind-energy researchers - to the engineering, environmental, and social sciences needed to take on these challenges.

All the REU students will be on hand to explain their projects, answer questions, and interact with visitors. (July 2017)