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2012 Research Experience for Undergraduates

Opportunity to Participate in Lifeline Research Project at Cornell or UB

Undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors for
Fall 2012) are invited to apply for a unique research opportunity and lab experience this summer. The 10-week-long Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program offers two paid summer internships – one at Cornell University and the other at the University at Buffalo.

Students will participate in a research project that seeks to rehabilitate aging, underground lifelines, especially those located in areas with seismic risk and constructed of brittle materials such as cast iron. They will work under the direction of either Professor Thomas D. O'Rourke at Cornell University, or Professor Andre Filiatrault at the University at Buffalo.

The project, entitled Earthquake Response and Rehabilitation of Critical Lifelines, is funded by the  George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), which is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded organization whose goals are part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program’s (NEHRP) coordinated effort to address earthquake risk in the U.S.

Specific duties and qualifications are detailed in the 2012 REU Flyer.

Important Dates:
Application deadline: March 6, 2012
Application review: Begins March 7, 2012
REU program: June 4 – August 12, 2012

How to Apply

  1. Complete the application form (pdf)
  2. Provide an unofficial transcript from your college/university
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation from faculty and their contact information
  4. Submit a brief personal statement about your interest in the REU project as it relates to your academic/career goals (500 words or less)
  5. Indicate your site preference (Cornell or UB)

Email Completed Application & Materials to:
Sofia Tangalos, MCEER
Email:, Phone: 716-645-1157