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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.


2020 CBBG REU Information Flyer (Coming soon!)

2020 CBBG REU Project Descriptions (Coming soon!)


2019 CBBG REU Information Flyer

2019 REU Project Descriptions 

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
  • Subsurface exploration and excavation

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: Summer 2020 (Dates TBD)
  • UCD Program: Summer 2020 (Dates TBD)

Program Benefits

  • Stipend (weekly)
  • 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 2019
  • 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 (Coming soon!)


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