2017 Dates: June 5th - July 28th, 2017
The 2017 Program Selections have been made.
The 2018 Application is currently active and accepting submissions.
Our Center offers undergraduate students outside of UT, Knoxville the chance to perform in-depth research with faculty at CURENT's world class facilites. Students will work on various research topics. More specifically, these projects will investigate:
- power systems
- power electronics and drives
- alternative energy sources
- cyber security & smart grid
- 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
Each student will customize their own research based on personal interests by working closely with faculty and graduate students throughout an eight week summer program.
The program will culminate with a poster presentation to faculty, graduate students and fellow researchers to highlight each individual's work.
To view past REU projects, visit the CURENT Education website - http://education.curent.utk.edu/undergrad/reu-projects/
Our REU program typically begins during late May and runs through July. Each student earns approximately $4,160 for 8 weeks of research, and campus housing is provided at no cost. We will also cover travel expenses up to $500.
Meals will be the responsibility of the student, but UT's campus is conveniently located less than 1 mile from a large variety of restaurants. Campus dining also provides additional meal options.
To apply to the Summer REU Program, you must:
1) Be a sophomore, junior or non-graduating senior student at an accredited college or university in the United States.
2) Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
3) Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
4) Be able to devote 35-40 hours per week to the program from 9am through 5pm M-F.
5) Not take classes or hold other employment during the REU period.
6) Attend all required programs, seminars, lectures, etc. each week.
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.
To apply for CURENT's Summer REU program, you will need to submit:
- Online application
- Unofficial college transcript
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty advisers
- 2-page personal statement explaining background, research interests & career goals
Note: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in full-time accredited undergraduate institutions.
Why Come to CURENT?
- One of the Largest and Top Power Engineering Programs in the Country
- Learn about the roles that an Engineering Research Center has with National Research Labs, Industry Associations, Private Industry Research, and Research Universities.
- Introduce yourself to a graduate school styled research program that encourages all REU students to apply for CURENT and DOE Fellowships for graduate study.
- Specialized labs for each reseach area in the Min Kao Building since construction ended in 2011.
- High quality, Large Apartment style housing with individual bedrooms for each person and a commons area with full living room and kitchen - all within walking distance of the Min Kao Building.
Why Come to Knoxville?
- The electrical engineering and computer science building (Min Kao) is located blocks from downtown Knoxville.
- Vast assortment of invigorating activities
- Smoky Mountains National Park
- Ijams Nature Center (the outdoors brought to the city)
- Outdoor Hosted Events
- Indoor Climbing, Paddling, JumpJam
- Nearby attractions of Sevierville and Gatlinburg
This 8 week program will greatly aid you in exploring the opportunities of power research, graduate studies, and living in a very active city environment that is close to all the outdoor wonders of the Smoky Mountains.