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REU Summer Academy in Sustainable Bioenergy


The application process is now closed to our 2015 Summer Academy in Sustainable Bioenergy REU Program.

Contact the Chemical Engineering office

View a student video about our Summer Academy in Sustainable Bioenergy at this link: 2014 video and 2012 video

Check out K-State's YouTube Video on summer research programs here: video

2015 Program Flyer (PDF): flyer

Tips on applying for an REU program (PDF): tips


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. SMA-1359082.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Kansas State University Center for Sustainable Energy's REU program in sustainable bioenergy is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Program Overview

Research activities in this program under the guidance of faculty mentors, will advance students' state of knowledge in sustainable energy. Students will participate in “hands-on” experiences with processing agricultural biomass, experiencing the physical environment of industrial-scale biomass processing with all its limitations and opportunities.  Students will also meet people who actually perform the work to produce renewable energy for the communities where they live.

Please see this link for pictures of our past REU programs: pictures

REU student webpages can be viewed here: webpages

Finances (Total value more than $7,600 per student)

  • Students will receive a stipend of $4,500 paid in three installments.
  • Room and board will be provided.
  • Travel to and from Manhattan, Kansas will be provided (up to $400.00).

2015 Dates

May 26 - July 31, 2015

Students will arrive on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The program begins on May 27, 2015, and concludes on July 31, 2015. To be eligible to participate, students must be available for the "entire time period" of the program. Students who are attending universities which operate on the quarter system and are released on June 15th cannot apply to this program.

Participating departments for 2015

Research projects are aimed at providing students with multidisciplinary team experience in sustainable bioenergy.

Projects are designed to enhance understanding of agricultural, technical, and socioeconomic issues related to sustainable production of biofuels.

Students and faculty from these departments will work together on interdisciplinary bioenergy issue teams for their research projects:

Agricultural Economics
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Grain Science and Industry

For a list of faculty mentors, click here.


Students will be accepted from all science, socioeconomic, agricultural, and engineering majors.

Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents. 

Preference is given to students who have completed their sophomore or junior year. Outstanding first-year students may be considered. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

First-generation college students, members of ethnic minority groups, females in STEM disciplines, and other under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

No previous laboratory or research experience is required.

Application Procedure (CLOSED)

Students must also request reference letters from two faculty members or other professional mentors who can attest meaningfully to your accomplishments and research potential. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure that both references are submitted by the deadline date of February 15, 2015.

Questions regarding this REU program can be emailed to the Chemical Engineering office at che@ksu.edu

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Kansas State University
Kansas State is the land-grant university in the state of Kansas. During the academic year, approximately 23,500 students enroll at KSU, including approximately 4,000 graduate students. Manhattan, Kansas (population 51,000), is located in the rolling Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas, just south of Tuttle Creek Reservoir. Manhattan is two hours west of Kansas City and about 50 minutes west of the capital city of Kansas, Topeka.

Information on Manhattan, Kansas:

Manhattan Kansas Travel and Recreation
Map of K-State
Sunset Zoo
Insect Zoo
Konza Prairie
Manhattan Mercury News