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Research Experience for Undergraduates

Dates: May 30 – July 29, 2017

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2017

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REU students 2013 at the Solar Power Lab


Solar electric systems are popping up everywhere and the industry is growing at 30 % per year with sales over $30 billion. At ASU we have an industrial scale pilot line for making solar cells – the energy conversion device at the heart of a solar power system.

The QESST Engineering Research Center offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in solar energy research. Through work on the pilot line, students will:

  • have access to state-of-the-art facilities and gain experience directly relevant to industry, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate the commercial impact and relevance of their
    ideas by guiding them through the steps required to bring new ideas to commercialization;
  • bridge the gap between the typical “research” devices and commercial solar cells, allowing fabrication and analysis of technologies on commercial-size devices and commercial equipment;
  • work in a facility that allows new equipment or processes to be analyzed and assessed jointly with industry. Students will play a key role in this process.
  • partner with a local student participating in the Fulton Schools’ Solar Energy Research program.


2016 REU students working at the Solar Power Lab at ASU.

2016 REU students working at the Solar Power Lab at ASU.


Program Details

The program will take place May 30 – July 29, 2017 at Arizona State University.  Participants will be provided with a double-occupancy dorm room and round-trip travel funding.  Participants will also receive a $400 per week stipend.


Enrollment Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university with at least one year completed by June and at least one more semester before graduation after the summer. (Graduating seniors are not eligible.)
  • Students must be U.S. citizens.
  • Participants are prohibited from taking courses or working while participating in the program.
  • Students must be available to begin the program on the start date.


Application Requirements

Students interested in participating in the program will need to submit an application, a copy of their transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.  Upon acceptance into the program, documentation of U.S. citizenship will be required.

Participants are required to attend the entire eight-week program.  No classes will be held on the 4th of July holiday.  Any proposed conflicts must be noted in application and will be addressed on an individual basis.

Download the ASU-QESST REU flyer

Download the REU Application


Send application materials to:

Tiffany Rowlands (tiffany.rowlands@asu.edu)

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST)

Arizona State University

PO Box 875706, Tempe, AZ 85287-5706

Permanent link to this article: http://qesst.asu.edu/education-and-outreach/reu

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