Research Experiences for Undergraduates

What is an REU?

Research Experiences for Undergraduates or REUs consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in specific research programs at various national and international host institutions. Colorado School of Mines provides a wide array of REU programs on a yearly basis. REUs generally take place over the summer months and invite students to participate in original research with mentors that specialize in their respective fields. Many of these programs vary in focus and are conducted in coordination with other universities and established research organizations, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF). Continue scrolling to learn about current and past REUs offered at Mines. If you’re a Mines faculty and would like to add an REU to this page, please contact us at If you’re a student, follow the links below to read more and apply.

current reu programs

ICECRM – Materials Informatics

The opportunities and challenges presented by data in materials sciences has expanded rapidly in recent decades. ICECRM focuses on accelerating the development of new materials by harnessing the power of data and experiment. This REU is designed as an 11-week program where students will tackle an interdisciplinary problem in materials informatics.

Past REU programs

BOTS – Bridge opportunity for transfer students

BOTS is an REU, Research Experience for Undergraduate, that awards transfer students an hourly wage to conduct research at Mines. BOTS takes place over the summer months between community college and Mines. This program exposes transfer students to the cutting-edge research taking place at Colorado School of Mines while also helping create a network of peers and faculty currently engaged in research.

Advancing Polymer Materials with ChemISTRY

The Colorado School of Mines offers a unique interdisciplinary research experience for undergraduates that applies polymer science and polymer engineering practices to 21st century technologies such as fuel cell membranes, solar cells, coatings, and health care. Participants will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors from the departments of Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Materials Science.

RENUWIT - Urban Water Infrastructure

RENUWIT – Urban Water Infrastructure

ReNUWIt’s REU program engages undergraduate students in ReNUWIt faculty’s research labs, under the mentorship of ReNUWIt post-docs and graduate students. Participants learn laboratory/field techniques, are immersed in a collaborative and interdisciplinary culture, and conduct meaningful research in state-of-the-art facilities.

REU Poster Sessions

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Summer 2021 UR Poster Session

All undergraduate student researchers that participated in the Underground Infrastructure REU and the Materials REU in Summer 2021 were welcome to present at the Summer 2021 Undergraduate Research Poster Session. The Summer 2021 URPS took place virtually Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021. Click the image above to learn more and view the featured projects.