Applications are sought from motivated undergraduate students studying science or engineering to take part in a ten-week research experience (May 30, 2017 – August 4, 2017) at Kansas State University in the area of sustainable energy for participation in this National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.
During the last 20 years, there has been a growing realization that sustainable development must receive a higher priority in the years ahead. There is a particular need for scientists and engineers with expertise in sustainability who can develop innovative solutions to the problem of dwindling natural resources. This REU offers talented undergraduate students the opportunity to become engaged in research that addresses the area of sustainable energy and to develop the skills and viewpoints necessary to be part of the solution to the issues associated with sustainability. The title of the REU represents the wide variety of sustainable energy sources the students will explore: “earth” represents the growth and harvesting of energy from biomass, “wind” represents using the wind to generate electricity, and “fire” represents harvesting solar energy.
Students selected for this program will conduct research as part of a multidisciplinary team on one application of sustainable energy. The research environment will be vibrant, with interaction with faculty and graduate students from different disciplines and with other REU students.
In addition to the research component, students will learn about sustainability in a one-hour seminar course, will conduct a team outreach project related to sustainability, and will attend a professional development seminar. Students will also have the opportunity to tour an ethanol plant, a wind farm, and a hydroelectric plant. Social activities are planned throughout the summer to give participating students a view of the unique nature of Manhattan, Kansas and the surrounding area.