Fluid Power Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Fluid Power Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
The objective of the Fluid Power Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is to encourage high performing undergraduate students nationwide to continue their studies as graduate students in engineering with a focus in fluid power. This interest is kindled by providing selected students with a summer internship experience in a university research lab.

For an overview of the CCEFP and its research program, click here.

Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Engineering and Science Students

The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program enables undergraduates to gain hands-on experience in conducting original fluid power research.

Program Description:
CCEFP REU students spend 10-weeks at the University of Minnesota on a research project related to fluid power under the mentorship of a faculty advisor and a graduate student mentor. Projects may involve background readings in technical literature and reports, computer-aided design, mathematical modeling, fabrication designs, experimental testing, and participation in group discussions and project team meetings. Every student has a project of his/her own, with specific responsibilities and deliverables.  The program includes opportunities for professional development, social interaction, and enrichment beyond what they could have expected.  Students are responsible for final reports, posters, and presentations at the end of the experience.

Summer 2019 REU Projects at University of Minnesota

REU Program Dates: May 28 – August 9, 2019

Due to funding, REU positions will only be offered at the University of Minnesota (CCEFP Headquarters) for Summer 2019.

Due to funding, we are able to offer a summer stipend between $4,000-$5,000 (TBD).  We are unable to provide housing and meal accommodations or travel sponsorship for the final year of our program.

The program is open to full-time college students who will have completed their sophomore or junior year by June 2019, who will be enrolled as a full-time student in fall 2019 and who expect to obtain their bachelor’s degree in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or related fields.  Applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Women, racially and ethnically underrepresented students, students with disabilities and recent war veterans are particularly encouraged to apply.. No experience in research or in fluid power is required. Rather, we are looking for students with an interest and a desire to try something new.

To apply to the program, complete the CCEFP 2019 REU Application according to the guidelines below.  Application deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019.

Application Materials Include the Following:

  • An online application form that includes:
    • A one-page Statement of Purpose indicating your interest in fluid power and explaining why you should be selected as a participant
    • A one-page resume
    • Names, titles and e-mail addresses of your references
    • A current school-issued transcript (official or unofficial) which indicates your current GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation: At least one letter must be written by a faculty member who is familiar with your academic record, your ability to function independently, and your research and/or career goals. One of the two letters may come from a professional work supervisor. Request that these letters be sent by email directly to Ms. Alyssa Burger.

Contact Alyssa A. Burger, Administrator
Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power
o: 612-624-4991; c: 612-964-3996 *text only