What makes this REU site unique?

  • Once admitted, fellows choose a research project in any discipline and department within the McKelvey School of Engineering.
  • Fellows receive membership in the Leadership Alliance and have access to its resources (optional for underrepresented applicants).
  • Fellows have the option of presenting their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium Research Conference. In addition, fellows receive up to$500 to present their research at another conference after the program ends.
  • Weekly social activities and lunches with faculty members, completely funded by the program.
  • Tours of local companies of interest, such as
    Boeing and Bayer.
  • Fellows live on the Delmar Loop, named one of the top 10 streets in the U.S. by the American Planning Association.

Other benefits

  • $5,000 stipend with free campus housing and travel to and from St. Louis; $120 per week food stipend
  • Public transportation passes for travel in St. Louis
  • Preparation for graduate school admissions tests

“The Thermal Management REU allowed me to gain valuable research experience while exploring life and activities in St. Louis and at WashU. The program offered a glimpse of graduate student life and gave me insight into what types of graduate programs I should be looking for to best fit my needs and interests.”
— Jon Powles, 2019 participant from Vanderbilt University