Separations & Commercialization REU


The Separations & Commercialization REU Program is now accepting applications for summer 2021. The program will follow all national and local COVID-19 restrictions. For more information, email


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The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas hosts the From Bench to Market: Engineering Systems for High Efficiency Separations Research Experience for Undergraduates (Separations & Commercialization REU). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation through the Research Experience for Undergraduates program and is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents

The Separations & Commercialization REU program will offer research experiences in laboratories that are working towards the goals of improving separation efficiency and reducing separation processing costs to a diverse group of undergraduate students. Participants will interact with faculty and graduate students to plan and execute a 10-week research project. A unique component of this REU program is the commercialization assessment training (CAT) series that will prepare them to think about the potential commercialization of traditional hypothesis-driven research early in the process. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders in the separation field through the CAT series, industrial mentorships, as well as industrial site visits locally and in Texas.

The REU programs on the University of Arkansas campus hold regular activities throughout the summer to foster a sense of community amongst the participants. The REU programs are on the same schedule and the participants are housed together. There are regular social and professional development activities held in the evenings. Some examples include concerts in the park, bowling, resume development, dining etiquette, and more. Fayetteville, AR was placed in the top 5 of Best Places to Live by U.S. News in 2016 and 2017 and was named in “10 Best College Towns” by in 2014.

More information about the Department of Chemical Engineering can be found on the department’s Facebook page. More information on Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas can be found here.

2021 REU

Application Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021

Program Begins: Sunday, May 23, 2021

Program Ends: Friday, July 30, 2021


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