Summer Acoustics Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects. From the National Science Foundation REU website

Sites with “Acoustics” in the Research Topics/Keywords

REU Site: Physics Research at Brigham Young University

Undergraduates and secondary school teachers interested in participating in a 10-week summer physics research program at Brigham Young University are invited to apply. There are exciting opportunities in a number of areas including optics (using lasers of all kinds including ultrashort pulse and UV lasers), computer modeling, plasmas, solid state and thin film science, acoustics, theory, and astronomy.

WHEN: June 11 – August 17, 2018

APPLICATIONS DUE: February 12, 2018

REU Site: Spectroscopy at Coe College

This Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site at Coe College provides eight undergraduate students each summer the opportunity to participate in research on topics in optics, glass science, acoustics, molecular biology, detector physics, modeling, and biomaterials, all under the common focus of spectroscopy. In addition to participating in research with an experienced and dedicated mentor, the REU students will engage in activities such as seminars and lectures and give two oral presentations, one at mid-term and then a final twenty minute talk.

WHEN: June 4 – August 3, 2018

APPLICATIONS DUE: February 15, 2018

REU Site: Multi-physics of Active Systems and Structures

The REU program goal is to provide undergraduate students in mechanical engineering and related fields an opportunity to participate in ongoing active research programs, including the development of micro air vehicles, multi-modal robots, active flow control, aeroacoustics, sensors and actuators, smart materials, energy harvesting and storage, etc.. The multidisciplinary nature of these projects will engage students in cross-cutting technologies by inspiring the integration and synthesis of ideas and facilitating a better understanding of engineering design at the system level.

WHEN: May 28 – August 3, 2018

APPLICATIONS DUE: February 9, 2018

Acoustics Related Topic Sites

REU Site: Biomedical Engineering in Simulations, Imaging, and Modeling

The Departments of Engineering, Kinesiology and Physical Therapy at East Carolina University will conduct a 10 week summer research program for 10 undergraduate students. The goal of the BME-SIM REU is to provide a quality research experience to undergraduate students in order to increase awareness of and application to graduate school. At the end of the program students will have a better understanding of how to conduct research, an increased awareness of graduate school, clarification and reinforcement of a STEM career path, and greater identification as an engineer/scientist. Through the REU program students will be exposed to cutting edge research utilizing advanced computational models with applications in biomedical engineering.

WHEN: May 27 to August 4, 2018

APPLICATIONS DUE: February 5, 2018, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

REU Site: The Language of Science and The Science of Language

The Language Pod conducts research on many different aspects of language, including how children learn their native language, how people understand language as they listen to it, how people perceive, produce, and interpret regional accents, and more! Interns will learn about the ethics of human subjects research and how to appropriately recruit and consent human research participants. They will also work one-on-one with Ohio State University faculty members and will contribute meaningfully to an ongoing research project. Interns will be trained in informal science techniques by OSU faculty and COSI staff. They will shadow more experienced students and eventually work on the floor of COSI, teaching the public about language and the mind using engaging interactive demonstrations.

WHEN: May 21 – July 27, 2018


REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Fluid Power

CCEFP REU students spend 10-weeks at one of the Center’s partner universities on a research project related to fluid power under the mentorship of a faculty advisor and a graduate student mentor. Projects may involve background readings in technical literature and reports, computer-aided design, mathematical modeling, fabrication designs, experimental testing, and participation in group discussions and project team meetings. Every student has a project of his/her own, with specific responsibilities and deliverables. Participants attend a required fluid power short-course at the Maha Fluid Power Laboratory at Purdue University at the outset of the program. Students are responsible for final reports, posters and presentations at the end of the experience.

WHEN: June 4 – August 10, 2018

APPLICATIONS DUE: February 9, 2018

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