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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

2020 CBBG 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 9-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. We invite undergraduate students to apply.

Program Dates

  • 9 weeks
  • ASU/GT/NMSU Programs: May 26 – August 1, 2020
  • UCD Program: June 8 – August 7, 2020

Program Benefits

  • Stipend ($500/week)
  • Airfare
  • Housing (On-campus or near campus)
  • Professional development workshops and seminars
  • Participation in poster session at the CBBG mid-year meeting (April 2021) – funding for travel and lodging provided

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 2020
  • 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

Application deadline: February 15, 2020

Application instructions

Complete the online application form


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