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Academic Year Research Experience for Undergraduates


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Our Center offers undergraduate UTK students the chance to perform in-depth research with CURENT faculty and graduate students throughout the academic year. Students will be able to work on research in their chosen fields of interest. Some of the areas of study include:

  • power systems
  • power electronics and drives
  • alternative energy sources
  • energy storage
  • control and communication
  • power transmission
  • large data analytics and visualization
  • distributed and collaborative visualization
  • power market structures
  • fault resiliency through robust collaboration among local controllers

**NOTE: Each faculty member has requirements for his or her REU students. Please review these requirements as you are deciding on your involvement with the program.**

Students will customize their own research based on personal interests by working closely with faculty and graduate students.

The program will culminate with a poster presentation to faculty, graduate students and fellow researchers to highlight each individual's work.

Program Details:

Participants in the academic year REU program will dedicate 10 hours each week to research. Each student will work with his or her faculty advisor to determine a set schedule for the semester.

To apply to the REU Academic Year Program, you must:

  • Be a sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior student at an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be able to devote at least 10 hours per week to the program.
  • Have a professional demeanor and awareness in an academic laboratory setting.
  • Attend all required programs, seminars, lectures, etc.


The Center is committed to promoting diversity within science and engineering. We especially encourage women, students from underrepresented groups (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander), and students with disabilities.

Application Requirements:

To apply for CURENT's Academic Year REU program, you will need to submit:

  • Online application
  • Unofficial college transcript
  • 1-page personal statement explaining background, research interests & career goals