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Sustainable Biomass Production and Processing Systems REU Program

Primary Institution: Iowa State University
City: Ames
State: IA
Job Duration: 10 Weeks May 29-August 3, 2013
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biology/Life Science
Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided funds to Iowa State University's Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program that helps address sustainability of biomass production and processing. Student participants will select project areas that match their academic background and interests, and spend ten summer weeks on campus working on hypothesis?driven research projects. Project topics are contributed by faculty researchers, while faculty and graduate students mentor each student's research. The REU students become a part of a team involved in areas that address critical, long-term national needs in sustainable biomass production.

The Sustainable Production and Processing Systems for Biomass-Derived Fuels of the Future (SBPP) REU program selected participants will explore the scientific and engineering frontiers of sustainable biofuel production and processing and generate new knowledge that advances our understanding of methods, processes and conservation practices that can enable us to produce biomass?derived renewable energy while minimizing impact on the environment.

• Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
• Seminars, workshops, and field trips
• Attendance at the ASABE annual meeting in Kansas City July 21-24
• Group social activities and closing poster session
• Program dates are May 28 – August 3

• Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
• U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
• Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply

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

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning February 1. Formal review of applications begins at this time. The final application deadline is March 15. Selections will be based on a combination of research interests, academic qualifications, and faculty recommendations. All materials, including faculty recommendations must be received by March 15. All admission decisions will be made by April 15.
Stipend: $4500 Stipend
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 03/15/2013
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: MaryAnn Moore
3101 NSRIC
Ames, IA 50014
Phone: 515-294-4249