Research Experience for Undergraduates
in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Summer 2017 Internship Program

Program Dates

Dates for the 2017 REU Program TBA.

Deadline to Apply for 2017 REU Program: TBA.


NOTE: This information is relevant to the 2016 REU Program. Please check back for updated information about this year's 2017 REU Program.

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering offers a competitive summer research experience for undergraduate (REU) students. Students will participate in an 11-week summer internship to investigate a fundamental question within the broad disciplines of polymer science and polymer engineering including chemistry, physics, characterization, and biomaterials.

Each week, all interns will participate in research activities, a career development activity, discussions outlining their research progress, and visit regional companies and a national laboratory. The summer will culminate with an oral or poster presentation of each intern’s research results at the 13th annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Research Symposium, to be hosted this year by the college.

Stipends for Summer 2016 (11 weeks) are $7,000 ($2,000 are used by students to pay for on-campus housing and related expenses). The internships are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, The University of Akron, and corporate sponsors. To be eligible for the stipends, participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Self-funded international students are encouraged to apply with the proof of financial support.

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is located in the Goodyear Polymer Center and the Polymer Engineering Academic Center. The college has 86 research laboratories with state-of-the-art research instrumentation in NMR spectroscopy, chromatography, thermal analysis, rheooptics, x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and molecular biology.

The research team will consist of graduate students, interns, post-doctoral research associates and faculty members from the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) with specific research interests that align with their role in the four cluster areas (R1) Chemistry, (R2) Physics, (R3) Engineering and (R4) Biomaterials.