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Research Experience for Undergraduates

The REU program at CBBG allows students from across the nation to visit, learn, and experience world-class bio-geotechnical engineering. Each student is given the opportunity to work closely with the Center faculty and other Center researchers. Students are granted stipends and assistance with housing and travel.

2019 CBBG REU Information Flyer

2019 REU Project Descriptions [coming soon!]

2018 CBBG REU Information Flyer [PDF]

2018 REU Project Descriptions [PDF]

Program Overview

The Center for Bio-mediated & Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) – funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) that is comprised of four universities (ASU, GTech, NMSU, UCD). The goal of the CBBG is to develop sustainable biologically-controlled and -inspired solutions in the areas of:

  • Hazard mitigation
  • Environmental protection and restoration
  • Infrastructure construction
  • Resource development

We are seeking innovative, sustainability-minded, engineering and science undergraduate students in the disciplines of microbiology, biology, geochemistry, geology, civil engineering, plant science, soil science, geoenvironmental, engineering education, or related areas, to participate in this paid 8-10 week summer program.  This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program will immerse REU participants in technical research and expose them to the graduate school experience as a whole, and specifically within the scope of the CBBG.  A broad scope of projects is available, and effort will be made to match student interests with the different projects.

Program Dates

  • 10 weeks
  • ASU/GT/NMSU Programs: May – July, 2019
  • UCD Program: June – August, 2019

Program Benefits

  • Stipend ($500/week)
  • Airfare
  • On-campus housing
  • AGU Poster Competition Registration

Program Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be planning to enroll and be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior college-level student in Fall 2018
  • Attend U.S. community college, college, or university; preference to students from non-CBBG institutions
  • Participants are prohibited from taking courses or working while participating in the program
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week for the entire 10 week program
  • Students with disabilities, veterans, and those from diverse groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM programs are encouraged to apply

How to Apply

Complete the online application form: [available in January]

  • NOTE: Your application will only be saved in your browser for 24 hours, so consider copy/pasting answers to a separate document before leaving the form.

As part of the application process, be prepared to upload the following in PDF format:

  • All unofficial transcript(s)from undergraduate institutions attended.
  • A letter of recommendationfrom a faculty member. 

Applications due: [available in January]


Dr. Jean Larson, CBBG Education Director | | (480) 965-7804