CISTAR REU Summer Research Experience for Chemical Engineering/Chemistry Students

12/23/2019 01:00 PM Comment(s) By MSRDC Admin

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Engineer solutions for the revitalization of the U.S. petrochemical and fuels industries through basic research aimed at sustainable development of America’s light hydrocarbon resources today for a sustainable tomorrow. CISTAR’s vision is to create a transformative engineered system to convert light hydrocarbons from shale resources to chemicals and transportation fuels in smaller, modular, local, and highly networked processing plants. Through CISTAR’s four pillars: hydrocarbon research, workforce development, diversity and inclusion and industrial partnerships, CISTAR program participants are given the tools to become technically-excellent and innovative leaders who value cultural differences in the global energy economy.

Fuel the future as a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer researcher with CISTAR. You will have the opportunity to work with world-class researchers at one of CISTAR’s five partner universities. As a CISTAR REU student, you will work on a research project in your area of interest and be matched with a CISTAR Graduate Fellow mentor who will help you develop your skills as a researcher and gain insight into the world of graduate school.

Research Areas

  • Synthesis and characterization and testing of new catalyst or membranes for separation
  • Separations (advanced membranes and ionic liquids)
  • Process modeling and systems integration
  • Environmental and life cycle analysis

Program Details

Opportunities available at CISTAR partner universities for undergraduate students studying chemical engineering, materials engineering or chemistry.

  • DATES: May 26, 2020 - July 31, 2020
  • APPLICATION PERIOD: December 1, 2019 - February 15, 2020
  • STIPEND: $5,000 plus housing and travel.


For all questions, contact Maeve Drummond Oakes, Assistant Director for Education at CISTAR.
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