Institutes & Research

National Science Foundation - REU

National Science Foundation - REU

Funded by NSF

REU Site: Integrating Research in Sustainable Energy and the Environment across Disciplines


This is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site. It is currently funded for three years (2018 to 2023). If you have any question about this project, please feel free to contact:

     Dr. Hua Li (PI),, 361-593-4057

     Dr. Kai Jin (Co-PI)

We are accepting applications for Summer 2022 Program Now
NSF IR-SEED REU Summer 2022 Program will be between May 30, 2022 and August 5, 2022
Application Deadline: March 20, 2022

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This REU Site hosted at TAMUK and supported by the National Science Foundation's Division of Engineering Education and Centers is designed to develop and implement a model environment for multidisciplinary collaborative efforts where research and education are tightly integrated around the different facets of sustainable energy and environment research. It features a 10-week interdisciplinary team approach to mentor students on different research projects. The proposed sustainable energy research consists of three major research areas: 1) Energy Harvesting, 2) Energy Utilization, 3) Energy Policy, Environmental and Social Impacts. The specific objectives are: 1) providing research opportunities in the different aspects of energy research to undergraduate students, especially Hispanic and women; 2) increasing the number of underrepresented students who participate in graduate education; 3) building collaborative links among faculty and students from different engineering departments at TAMUK. Through participation in cutting-edge research with faculty mentors working at the forefront of their respective disciplines, students will engage in complex scientific studies on sustainable energy and environment research topics. The program is structured as collaborative research groups to teach students how to formulate research questions and how to develop and modify research plans with the guidance of their research mentors. Students will learn to work independently and collaboratively with other group members. Ten students from various engineering and science departments will be recruited through a nationwide search with special emphasis on Hispanic and female students. Students will report and present their research results in multiple settings. In addition to the hands-on collaborative research experience, technical and social activities will be incorporated into the program to provide students with a solid foundation in analytical, writing, and presentation skills and to enhance interactions between REU students and faculty mentors.


The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) supported by the Division of Engineering Education and Centers seeks to provide an impactful summer research opportunities and experiences to underrepresented students in the emerging fields of sustainable energy and environment. This will enable them to understand their own levels of aptitude and interest in a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and give them the tools to prepare for the next stage in their education and career development. The intellectual merit of this REU Site lies in constructing a new and critically needed pipeline for the next generation of sustainable energy researchers, equipped to address the broad theme of sustainable energy research and social and environmental issues, which is a theme of local significance and global implications. The research, educational, and career mentorship provided by the program is envisioned to stimulate the students to look at their academic work in a new light and to provide a spark for possible careers in academic research or industrial innovation. Participating students will tackle various research topics by working collaboratively with other participants, interact with faculty mentors and Ph.D. students from different engineering departments, and develop a holistic perspective of sustainable energy and environment research. The site is designed to guide students to work both collaboratively and independently. Each team will consist of two undergraduate students, and each student will be required to write a conference paper style report of their research for publication and deliver an oral and poster presentation of their summer research projects in the final competition at the end of 10-week program. The REU site fits within an initiative in the College of Engineering at TAMUK to involve undergraduate students in research, and to boost the participation of US citizens, especially Hispanic and female students into graduate research. The REU site builds on a vision of grooming budding researchers from underrepresented students to embrace the challenge of energy research and building future leaders who proactively contribute to the nation’s energy self-reliance agenda.