REU NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers Summer Undergraduate Research Program
The NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers is a NSF Center for Chemical Innovation whose mission is to transform how plastics are made and unmade through innovative research, engaging education, and diverse partnerships that together foster environmental stewardship. CSP participants aim to design, prepare, and implement polymers derived from renewable resources for a wide range of advanced applications, and to promote future economic development, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability in the emergent area of biobased products.
The CSP will provide up to 13 full-time research positions to undergraduate students during the summer of 2020. Positions may be available at the University of Minnesota, the University of California–Berkeley, Northwestern University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of South Dakota, Cornell University, and the University of Chicago.
This program is open to undergraduate students in science and engineering majors, preferably chemistry, chemical engineering, or materials science. Underrepresented and multicultural students are strongly encouraged to apply (e.g. female, genderqueer, transgender, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, disability, or veteran of the US Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard).
This paid research experience requires a full-time commitment to extensive lab work for ten weeks during the summer. All participants will have the opportunity to present their research in a CSP meeting at the end of the summer and in an undergraduate research expo.