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2007 MCEER REU Program and 2007 MCEER REU Diversity Program

The MCEER REU programs offer opportunities for outstanding undergraduate students to participate in state-of-the-art research. REU participants are paired with a faculty advisor and the student joins the faculty member’s research team (consisting of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate research assistants, and other undergraduate students). Interns are required to work 400 hours (over a 10-week period) with a faculty mentor on an MCEER research project. Specific work schedules are arranged between the student and the faculty mentor.

Six positions are available in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program and five are available in the MCEER REU Diversity Program.

Each participant has a predetermined individual research project, chosen during the selection process, which contributes to the goals of an existing MCEER research project.

Appropriate faculty supervision will be provided throughout the summer, and students will be taught how to conduct independent research and how to participate effectively as a member of a research team. Students should be available full time from approximately June 1 through mid-August.


Applicants will be selected from sophomore, junior and senior level students and will be evaluated based on grade point average, interest level and willingness to participate in a team-based environment. Students will supply a written summary of their goals and interests, articulating which aspects of research are intriguing to them and how they might benefit from the experience. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

It is preferred that applicants intern somewhere other than their home institution.

Diversity program candidates must be a junior or senior undergraduate student from a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) or Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program (HBCU-UP).


Each participant will receive $6,000 (intended to cover summer housing and travel expenses).

Research Program

MCEER offers research opportunities in Seismology, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Risk Engineering, Computer Engineering, Architecture & Urban Planning, Structural Control, Materials Science, Sociology, Economics, Public Policy and other topics at our Consortium institutions.

Selecting a Mentor

Students will select their top three choices from the following list on the application.

Research activities will require participation in a team-based effort, and will involve literature reviews, thesis development and results presentations. Students will have faculty-determined research goals which are expected to be met during the internship. Daily activities will be overseen by a graduate student mentor, with regular faculty involvement, to discuss progress, obstacles and other developments.


Planned activities during the program may include visits to other campuses and laboratories, along with social events.

REU Symposium: The REU program ends with a Symposium where students from the earthquake centers join together at a relaxed location to present their work and interact with peers, faculty and members of industry. This year’s Symposium will be held in Seattle, Washington.  Past Symposia have been held in Memphis, Salt Lake City, Keystone, Colorado, Bend Oregon, Charleston, South Carolina, Reno, Nevada and Sunriver, Oregon

Engineering Ethics: As part of the program, students will be given case studies in engineering ethics to review. The case studies will be discussed with an expert ethics instructor at the Symposium.

Proceedings: All EERC/REU papers will be compiled as a proceedings volume and made freely available via the EERC websites. Students are also strongly encouraged to submit their papers to the annual undergraduate student paper competition organized by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Past Proceedings

How to Apply:

To apply for REU, download and print the flyer (pdf) and application form (doc) or (pdf). After you have completed the application form, mail it, along with the following materials:

  1. 2-page Student Essay stating why you are applying to REU; the essay should:
    • describe your technical interests
    • explain why you feel you would benefit from participating in the program
    • state what personal strengths you have that would make you an ideal candidate
  2. Academic Transcript
  3. One Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member at your home institution


, Ph.D., PE
Director of Education
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Dept. of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
212 Ketter Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: (716) 645-5158
Fax: (716) 645-3733

nsf logoThis Program is sponsored by the three National Science Foundation Earthquake Engineering Research Centers:
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Mid-America Earthquake Center (MAE)
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Pacific Earthquake Center (PEER)