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BUFFALO, N.Y. :  APRIL 6, 2000
Contact: Donald J. Goralski
Tel.: 716/645-3391


Undergraduate students are invited to explore new directions in earthquake studies this summer through the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in earthquake engineering and related studies.

The program offers opportunities for outstanding undergraduate students to spend ten weeksreu300.jpg (7591 bytes) conducting individual research projects that contribute to ongoing research programs of the three NSF-funded earthquake engineering research centers: Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Center, Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center. MAE is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign; MCEER is headquartered at the University at Buffalo; and PEER, at the University of California at Berkeley. Each center will sponsor up to eight students.

Each participant will be awarded a $4,000 stipend.

The program is open to students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree in earthquake engineering or a related field. Those with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, are eligible to apply to any university affiliated with the earthquake engineering research centers. Students may not participate in the REU program at the university in which they are enrolled.

Application deadline is April 21, 2000.  To apply to  MCEER's REU program, print, complete and mail the MCEER REU application form.(9kb ) Pdficonsmall.gif (198 bytes)

REU participants will be paired with a faculty advisor and will join the faculty member's research team. Each participant will have a predetermined individual research project, chosen during the selection process, and will be responsible for completing the project within the allotted time. Students should be available full time from June through mid-August, although start and end dates are flexible to accommodate students on quarter systems.

A number of activities are planned to stimulate the research abilities of participants and to enhance their written and oral communication skills. The experience will culminate with each student participating in the Earthquake Engineering Symposium for Young Researchers. Jointly sponsored by MAE, MCEER and PEER, this symposium will be held in Memphis, Tennessee in August 2000, and will provide a forum for REU participants to present the results of their research. Participants will be strongly encouraged to publish their results and to present their research at a professional society undergraduate conference.

Further Information

Extensive further information on the REU program is also available,  including

orangebox.gif (53 bytes)REU Program Overview
orangebox.gif (53 bytes)MCEER-Affiliated Faculty and their Research  Areas
orangebox.gif (53 bytes)Research Facilities at MCEER-Affliated Institutions
orangebox.gif (53 bytes)Earthquake Engineering Symposium for Young Researchers

For help completing the MCEER REU application form, contact:

Andrea Dargush
Assistant Director for Education and Research Administration
MCEER, Red Jacket Quadrangle
Buffalo, NY 14261
Tel: 716/645-3391
Fax: 716/645-3399,

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