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2013 Research Experience for Undergraduates

Opportunity to Participate in Lifeline Research Project at Cornell

Undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors for Fall 2013) are invited to apply for a unique research opportunity and lab experience this summer. The 10-week-long REU program offers two undergraduate students a unique research opportunity and lab experience at Cornell University.

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 Professor Thomas D. O'Rourke at Cornell University.

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 2013 REU Flyer.

Important Dates:
Application deadline: March 25, 2013
Application review: Begins March 27, 2013
REU program: June 3 – August 10, 2013

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)

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