NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

What sets the REU site program apart? (Application deadline extended to 3/15/2021)

The REU site program: Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing's metropolitan location is in midtown Detroit, MI and is the heart of US automotive manufacturing. The site allows participants to experience the resurgence of Detroit, MI; interact with industry, and research sustainable manufacturing issues facing industry today.

2021 COVID Plan: Based on national and local situations, the program directors are preparing for both in-person and virtual programs. A final decision has not been made yet but notifications will be made promptly once a decision is made. Program dates and structure may be subject to minor changes, which will be shared as soon as possible.

What You Get!

Stipend: $500 per week for the 10 week experience ($5,000 total stipend).

Housing: Room and board in the Wayne State University dormitories. Features include; Towers Café, free internet access – including wireless, multiple social and study lounges, fitness facilities or laundry rooms on every other floor, green spaces around the building, and near Campus Health Center and FedEx/Kinkos.

Travel: $500 towards the cost of travel to and from Wayne State University. Wayne State University is easily accessible from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Transportation to and from the airport and for field trips is provided by the program at no charge to the student.


Important Information & Dates

Application Deadline: OPEN - Applications will not be accepted after March 1, 2021 Application deadline extended to 3/15

Program Period: June 1, 2021 to August 10, 2021

*The REU Site program is dependent on COVID-19 policies. While we are planning on hosting the program in Summer 2021, we are continually monitoring COVID-19 policies to determine if REU Site program activities will be affected. We recommend submitting your application so that we can directly communicate to you updates regarding the REU Site. All participants will be required to adhere to Wayne State COVID-19 policies and procedures: Wayne State University COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines.

*REU Participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to participate in the summer research program.


Participant Testimonials

  • "I never thought I would be the type of person to go to graduate school, but after this program, I realized that it is now my goal to go to graduate school and eventually become a professor ..."
  • "[The REU Site] showed me how graduate students pursue their research goals in collaboration with their research advisors to further the body of scientific knowledge."
  • "Through [my mentor], I have networked and gained professional and academic skills that going to classes never could have provided for me, and as a result my opportunities in both industry and academia have expanded immensely."
  • "The REU Site offers such a unique experience, and [it] has changed my plans for the future in such a great away."

Contact Us

For more information about the program, application procedures, research projects, or faculty mentors, contact either of the following program directors.

Dr. Jeremy L. Rickli:   jlrickli@wayne.edu

Dr. Yinlun Huang:      yhuang@wayne.edu