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The REU positions at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville have been filled and applications are now closed.  

Research Topics & Faculty Mentors are:

Towards High Mobility Graphene for Electronics Application, Dr. Kirill Bolotin, Vanderbilt

Research and Development of Catalysts for the Production of Energy Carrier Molecules and Chemical Feedstocks, Dr. Siris Laursen, University of Tennessee

Computational Proton Conduction in Polymer Electrolyte Membranes, Dr. Stephen Paddison, University of Tennessee

Hydrogen Production from Fusion Proteins, Dr. Paul Frymier, University of Tennessee

Bioengineering Photosystem I for Applied Photosynthesis, Dr. Barry Bruce, University of Tennessee

Synthesis of Nanoscale Materials for Enhanced Solar Cell Devices, Dr. Philip Rack, University of Tennessee

Solid-State Solar Cells from Photosystem I, Dr. Kane Jennings, Vanderbilt

Photoelectrochemistry of Photosystem I and Photosystem II, Dr. David Cliffel, Vanderbilt

Synthesis of Alkaline Fuel Cell Membranes, Dr. Jimmy Mays, University of Tennessee

Economics of Large-Scale Batteries, Dr. Robert Counce, University of Tennessee

Electrospun Electrodes and Membranes for Fuel Cells, Dr. Peter Pintauro, Vanderbilt

The Development of Fuel Cell/Redox Flow Hardware, Dr. Matthew Mench, University of Tennessee

Surface Behavior and Characterization of Conducting Polymer Thin Films, Dr. Mike Kilbey, University of Tennessee

Nanocrystal Sensitized Solar Cells, Dr. Sandra Rosenthal, Vanderbilt

Carbon Nanotube-Biohybrids for Imaging and Drug Delivery, Dr. Yaqiong Xu, Vanderbilt

Nanoscience for Energy and Biotechnology, Dr. Rizia Bardhan, Vanderbilt

Nanoparticle Synthesis for Green Energy Applications, Dr. Janet Macdonald, Vanderbilt

About the REU Program:

During the summer, there are competitive opportunities for undergraduates to work within TN-SCORE research groups. The summer TN-SCORE Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program is an 8-10 week program. Students will receive a $4000 stipend, housing, and supplies. Depending on the host institution, the stipend may differ and a meal plan may be included. In 2014, the host universities are the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Vanderbilt University. Funding is provided by NSF EPS-1004083.

Start dates for the program are tentatively set for late May-early June but are determined by the availability of the dormitories and vary by campus. Application deadline is March 1, 2014.

Student Application Requirements

-Enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student at a college or university in Tennessee (4 year or community college)

-Preference will be given to students who are underrepresented in STEM, Tennessee residents, and those who have career and educational goals that involve sustainable energy.

Requirements of Participation

In addition to conducting research, all award recipients are required to:

-Present their research at the Annual TN-SCORE Conference and other events as determined by the TN-SCORE staff.
-Participate in professional development opportunities.

Past REUs

2013 Summer REUs 

 Student  Major  Home Institution  Host Institution
 Richard Groves  Envir. Mgt.  Lipscomb  UT Knoxville 
 Eric Gilmer  Engineering  Tennessee Tech  UT Knoxville
 Shadi Saeed  Engineering  Tennessee Tech  UT Knoxville
 Simone Hopes  Biology  Tennessee State  UT Knoxville
 DeAndra Peoples  Chemistry  Tennessee State  UT Knoxville
 Shean Hubbard  Engineering  UT Knoxville  UT Knoxville
 Megan Farell  Engineering  UT Knoxville   UT Knoxville  
 Olivia Hurd  Eng/Math  Vanderbilt  Vanderbilt
 Miranda Trentle  Chemistry  UT Chattanooga  Vanderbilt
 Megan Burcham  Engineering  UT Martin  Vanderbilt
 Marc Panu  Engineering  Vanderbilt  Vanderbilt
 Domenic DioGiovanni  Physics  Hillsdale College  Vanderbilt
 Timothy Haley  Psychology  UT Chattanooga  Vanderbilt
 Jacob Jordan  Engineering  Tennessee Tech  Vanderbilt
 Michael Reynolds  Physics  Columbia State  Vanderbilt

2012 Summer REUs
 Student  Major  Home Institution  Host Institution
 Evan Ornouski  Engineering  Bethel College  UT Knoxville
 Phillip Johnson  Engineering  Union University  UT Knoxville
 Kevin Huerto  Mechanical  UT Knoxville  UT Knoxville
 Steven Bell  Engineering  Tennessee State  UT Knoxville
 Megan Schutt  Engineering  UT Knoxville  UT Knoxville
 Dylan Wood  Dylan Wood  Austin Peay  UT Knoxville
 Barkley Randall  Psychology  Middle Tennessee  Vanderbilt
 William Crosby  Chemistry  UT Martin  Vanderbilt
 Ross Beckley  Computer Science  Tennessee State  Vanderbilt
 Adam Edwards  Engineering  Tennessee Tech  Vanderbilt
 Erik Jewell  Chemistry  Austin Peay  Vanderbilt
 Walter Harrington  Biochemistry  UT Chattanooga  Vanderbilt
 Xuan Anh Ma  Chemistry  Memphis  Memphis
 Raven Cross  Engineering  Tennessee Tech  Tennessee Tech

2011 Summer REUs
 Student  Major  Home Institution  Host Institution
 Ray Henson  Engineering  UT Knoxville  UT Knoxville
 Brian Moran  Engineering  Vanderbilt  UT Knoxville
 Adeleye Ademola  Engineering  UT Knoxville  UT Knoxville
 Stephen Richardson  Biochemistry  Maryville  UT Knoxville
 Mary Denman  Biochemistry  UT Knoxville  UT Knoxville
 Danna Sharp  Engineering  UT Knoxville  Vanderbilt
 Jeremy Brooksbank  Engineering  UT Knoxville  UT Knoxville
 David Wilson  Engineering  UT Knoxville  UT Knoxville
 Michael Bright  Engineering  UT Knoxville  UT Knoxville
 Stephanie Jorgenson  Engineering  Tennessee Tech  Tennessee Tech
 Leah Douglas  Chemistry  Memphis  UT Knoxville
 Chad Crawford  Engineering  Tennessee Tech  Tennessee Tech
 Steven Jones  Engineering  Tennessee Tech  Tennessee Tech
 Geoffrey Musick  Biochemistry  Lipscomb  Vanderbilt
 Jonathon Clinger  Biochemistry  Lipscomb  Vanderbilt






REU Opportunities Now Available in Memphis

TN-SCORE is excited to announce a new partnership with the University of Memphis to support undergraduates to participate in renewable energy research topics through the UM Department of Chemistry Summer REU program. Please click the Memphis logo below for more information and to apply.

Leah Douglas (2011 Summer REU) talks about her REU Experience