Fuel the future as a summer researcher with CISTAR. Applications now closed for Summer 2022.

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.   
  • 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

Application Steps - application Period is now closed:

  1. Complete the application form.
    Describe your research experience, qualifications, relevant experiences, and career goals in the letter of interest and upload your resume.
  2. Send Unofficial University transcript
    Upload a PDF of your original transcript to the application system.
  3. Explore CISTAR research projects
    Search the project listing for those which include CISTAR in the title and indicate those that are of interest to you. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently enrolled in a college or university, and attending in the fall. Students from underrepresented minority groups, women, persons with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Maeve Drummond Oakes, (maeve@purdue.edu).
  4.  Await response from the CISTAR program. Interviews will begin on January 24.

Program Coordinator

Maeve Drummond Oakes portrait Maeve Drummond Oakes
Assistant Director for Education
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