Research Experience for Undergraduates
in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Summer 2020 Internship Program

Program Dates

May 26th to August 7th, 2020.

Deadline to Apply for 2020 REU Program: February 14th, 2020.


The School 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 annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Support for Summer 2019 (11 weeks) is $7,500 ($5,500 is paid directly to student, $2000 is allocated directly to on-campus housing and related expenses including up to $400 to cover actual travel-to-campus 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 School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is located in the Goodyear Polymer Center and the Polymer Engineering Academic Center. The school 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 School 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.


  • Current full-time enrollment in a U.S. college or university
  • Completion of basic course work in chemistry, biology and physics
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the program
  • 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
  • Persons from groups underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Applications from students with disabilities are encouraged and will be accommodated through the Office of Accessibility
  • Applications from students with limited research opportunities or from 2 year institutions are highly encouraged


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