Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

CSU Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Founded and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program is designed to provide valuable educational experiences for undergraduate students through research participation. Working closely with faculty and researchers, REU projects involve undergraduates in meaningful ways in ongoing research, including opportunities for laboratory visits, seminars, and other activities to enhance the research experience. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with room and board and travel. Students will live in Fort Collins, Colorado, home of CSU; they will participate in a range of academic and social activities together. Each REU has its own research focus and application process.

Colorado State University has four research programs across the campus that are offering research experiences for undergraduate during summer 2017.  These programs provide 8-week research opportunities for undergraduate students in a range of areas.  Each REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.


Engineering Applications of Extreme Ultra-Violet (EUV) Laser Light

BROADER SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PROJECT: The Extreme Ultraviolet Engineering Research Center (EUV ERC), a partnership between Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU Boulder), the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and 20 corporate affiliates, will provide summer research internships to 30 undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the United States through a 3-year Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) [Division of Engineering Education EEC-1461231]. Students who are accepted into the program will participate at one of the 3 campuses in a 10-week program that involves conducting research in a cutting-edge engineering project, attending scientific seminars and industry tours, and presenting their results. The Center recognizes the importance of students in academic research to be able to interact and appreciate the industrial culture. As a result, a goal of this grant is to leverage these partnerships to enable alumni REU interns to be placed into industry internships. The Center also has active partnerships with minority serving institutions and is committed to providing opportunities for students from underrepresented minority groups. The Center will broaden participation by joining efforts with, Professor Willie Rockwood of Morehouse College, a Historically Black College/Univ. (HBCU), who has a >10 year history of working with the Center and is co-PI of this grant.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Light in the EUV region of the spectrum (wavelengths approximately 5 – 50 nm) is the key enabling technology of critical importance to the semiconductor industry and national economy. The EUV ERC will provide summer research internships that involve EUV science and technology topics such as laser systems, nanoscience (quantum dots), electronic (printed board) circuit design, photonic techniques (ellipsometry, phase shifting interferometry and both ambient condition and low-temperature vacuum spectroscopy), optics design (Brewster’s Angle plate beam splitter), lithography (essential to next generation computer processor manufacturing), chemistry and material science (photo resists), and high voltage systems. Titles of possible projects include: Nanoscale resolution mass-microscope by EUV laser ablation mass spectrometry; Photoelectron dynamics using high harmonic EUV light; and, the Design and construction of a new vacuum chamber test bed for characterizing magnetic materials at the nano-scale with ultrafast time resolution.

The Center has an active partnership with Industries in the development of EUV-technologies that derive from research conducted at the Center. The Center recognizes the importance of students in academic research to be able to interact and appreciate the industrial culture. As a result, a goal of this grant is to leverage these partnerships to enable alumni REU interns to be placed into industry internships.

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Contact: Jorge J. Rocca – / Bob Bower –

Atmospheric Science

Fifty undergraduate students (10 per year for five years) will be recruited to participate in a 10-week summer residential research experience in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Their research will include understanding and prediction of weather, climate, and air pollution. Established partnerships with a network of minority-serving undergraduate institutions will be used to ensure that participating students are recruited from a broad range of demographics representing the US population, including groups that have previously been underrepresented in meteorology and atmospheric science.

REU participants will go through the full research process of choosing a topic, developing a research idea, conducting a literature review, writing a final report, and giving a presentation in a conference setting. The culmination of the summer research experience is a symposium where REU participants will present a scientific poster and give an oral presentation on their summer research projects. By the conclusion of the summer research program participants will be well prepared to conduct scientific research, have a deeper understanding of the graduate school experience. Through the REU Site, students will establish a network of individuals and mentors, who will not only be future resources, but mentors who will play an important role in the development of participants as scientists.

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Contact: Melissa Burt –

Molecular Biosciences

This REU will support the training of 10 students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2015- 2017. Students will participate in a program that exposes them to a broad range of research areas and approaches that constitute the modern discipline of biochemistry and molecular biology. Students will be involved in their own research project where they learn how to formulate and test hypotheses, design and execute experiments, analyze results, and use state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation. Students receive a stipend, free housing in a university residence hall or apartment building, a meal allowance, and an allowance to defray travel to/from the site. At the end of the program, students will present their research results orally and through a poster, and produce a final report in manuscript form. In addition to research, students will engage in activities that will enhance their knowledge of the environment such as an educational hike in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Field trips to nearby government labs and biotech companies as well as workshops on GRE preparation, ethical conduct of research and scientific careers are also planned. The program will use the BIO REU Sites common assessment tool to obtain feedback and assessment data for improving our REU program and all REU programs. Students with limited opportunities for research and those from groups under-represented in science are especially encouraged to apply.

It is anticipated that a total of 30 students, primarily from schools with limited research opportunities, will be trained in the program. Students will learn how research is conducted, and many will present the results of their work at scientific conferences.

Students are required to be tracked after the program and must respond to an automatic email sent via the NSF reporting system. More information is available by visiting, or by contacting the PI (Dr. Paul Laybourn at, the co-PI (Dr. P. Shing Ho at, or Stasi Brazil-Engleman at 970-491-5602 or

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Contact: Paul Laybourn – / Shing Ho –

Chemical Sciences

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University has hosted an NSF-sponsored undergraduate research program in chemistry for the last 21 summers. Our unique summer experience combines an enviable environment with access to world-class researchers working in all areas of chemistry, at length scales ranging from molecules to extended materials.

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Contact: Matt Shores – / James Neilson –