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Center for Biorenewable Chemicals Summer REU at Iowa State University

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Engineering Research Center’s Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) will host REU students who will work toward achieving CBiRC’s core mission of transforming the US chemical industry by integrating biological and chemical catalysis systems to produce biorenewable chemicals. The REU students will work in CBiRC labs conducting fundamental research to address the underlying technical challenges in the development of new integrated catalytic systems for the conversion of bio-based feedstocks to industrial chemicals.

REU’s will work in multiple areas (see here for more details), and will conduct hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities. They will also have opportunities to participate in seminars and workshops, partake in group social activities, and present their work at a university-wide closing poster session.

This year’s program runs from May 31-August 5, and the application deadline is February 27, 2017. 


  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering (at least one semester of school left after program)
  • U.S. Citizens or permanent resident
  • Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply
  • Available to be on the ISU campus at start of program and at end. (Sorry, we cannot accommodate students who cannot make those key dates.)


  • $4,500 stipend
  • Travel allowance
  • Room and board

Application deadline is February 27. Selections will be based on a combination of research interests, academic qualifications, and faculty recommendations. All materials, including faculty recommendations must be received by February 27.  Admission decisions will be made by late-April.

For more information or to apply, visit:

February, 2017