Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (REU)

Summer 2014

Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship through Academic-Industrial Partnership

Dates: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – Friday, August 1, 2014
Research Stipend:  $5,000
Location:  University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus
Additional Expenses Covered:  Housing, Travel (up to $300), Food Allowance ($300)

Welcome to the UCONN REU-Site on Innovation and Entrepreneurship! Our unique program offers participants a range of research topics that are in direct collaboration with an industrial partner. Referred to as the UConn iREU, program participants will be advised by both a faculty and an industrial partner, giving students a unique experience at the interface of academic research and commercialization. These projects will be across the spectrum of chemical engineering and materials science and each student will work in a world class academic research laboratory with state-of-the art instrumentation. The participants will also participate in a business and entrepreneurship oriented short course that will help them learn the mechanics of business and better understand how academic research becomes a commercial reality.

Research topics are constantly changing as industrial partners begin and end projects with university professors. Past partners include W.R. Grace, Scitech Solar, BASF, KX Technologies, Oasys Water, GVD Corporation, Fuel Cell Energy, United Technologies, and Kraton Polymers. Several companies are back for this year’s program with new ones to join in the coming months.

We offer the following topic areas for our program:

  • Energy
  • Environmental/Sustainable Technology
  • Polymer science and engineering
  • Process systems engineering
  • Materials science
  • Bioengineering/Biotechnology

Applicants selected to the program will be assigned a project based on their applications strength and area of interest.

Other Features

REU participants will have the opportunity to directly interact with their industrial mentors while also experiencing the academic laboratory environment. They will attend workshops that will teach them presentation and writing skills. Tours will be given of local incubator spaces (showing companies at their beginning) and students will have an opportunity to participate in an Innovation Accelerator event (like the show Shark Tank) at a local private incubator. During the REU, students will participate in a business seminar short course, giving them a flavor of the business side of innovation. At the end of the REU, students will participate in a networking event called “Innovation Connection”. The event regularly draws well over a hundred people from around the region. Participation will include a poster session and giving a “pitch” on your work to the regional business community.

An active social and recreational program will also be planned as part of the REU experience. Barbecues, trips to the on campus dairy shop, a trip to the UConn Avery Point campus with a side trip to Mystic, and a bowling night are part of the program. We may also take a trip to the Connecticut Science Center or a local minor league baseball game. Students will have opportunities to plan their own trips to local metropolitan New York and Boston (buses from UConn) and may also participate in other planned summer events at UConn for summer students. We will coordinate with other REU sites on campus to give participants the opportunity to meet students from other fields as well.

To Apply

Please click here to complete the online Application Form. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.

One letter of recommendation is required to apply for this REU program. Letters are to be sent to with “UConn iREU Recommendation Letter” in the subject line, or they may be attached in the online application form.

Failure to follow these instructions could jeopardize your application.

Professor Jeffrey McCutcheon
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Connecticut
191 Auditorium Rd. Unit 3222
Storrs, CT, 06269-3222
Email: (preferred)
Phone: 860.486.4601

Complete applications including one letter of recommendation are due by February 7, 2014.
Applicants will be informed of decisions by the end of February.