Fuel the future as a summer researcher with CISTAR.

Applications for 2024 program available December 2023

Program Dates: May 20 - July 26, 2024

The CISTAR REU program partners with the Purdue Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program to provide a hands-on research experience for undergraduate students to stimulate their interest in advanced education and research careers.  Selected students will engage in research this summer on Purdue's West Lafayette, Indiana campus. CISTAR/SURF matches undergraduates from other institutions with a faculty member and graduate student mentor who introduce them to the research tools used on the cutting edges of science, engineering, and technology.                                                      

Details about this competitive fellowship:

  • It is a paid, 10-week, immersive summer research guided by the faculty and graduate student mentors.
  • Stipend is $6,000.
  • In addition to research activities, students will participate in weekly professional development workshops and tours/information sessions with CISTAR 35 corporate partners
  • The program culminates with a student research symposium where all fellows present a technical poster or an oral talk and a final report.
  • Selected students participate in research activities on campus over 10-weeks during a 11-week program in the summer, with housing and travel to campus provided.

Research projects:

  • Design of Metal-Functionalized Porous Carbons for Electrochemical Reactions
  • Geometry Optimization for Electrical Dehydrogenation Reactor
  • Synthesis of Alloy Nanoparticles for Selective Catalysis
  • Zeolite Catalyst Design for Light Hydrocarbon Conversion
  • Zero Emission Chemical Production from Shale Gas

Program Coordinator

Maeve Drummond Oakes portrait Maeve Drummond Oakes
Engineering Workforce Development Director
Purdue University

Kalea Evans, 2019 REM Alum  Dorinda Ntim 2020 REU Alum Process Improvement Engineer at Eastman Christian Villa Santos, 2018 REU Alum, Master's Degree in ChE from Notre Dame  Christian Borrero Villabol, 2019 REU Alum, PhD Student at Purdue University