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NEES Research Experience for Undergraduates (NEES REU)

From 2006 to 2014, the NEES Research Experience for Undergraduates (NEES REU) engaged 239 students in a dynamic 10-week summer research program where they conducted independent research, participated as team members on complex large-scale experimental research projects, and connected with interns, graduate students, and faculty from universities around the United States. Students gained valuable 21st century professional skills by using online tools collaborate on geographically dispersed teams.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the NEES REU targeted upper division undergraduate students interested in Civil, Electrical or Computer Engineering, and other fields related to seismic risk mitigation.

Students from REU 2010 Program

NEES REU participants completed individual projects that contributed to the goals of a larger NEES research project or to the development of cyberinfrastructure tools and/or educational modules. Topics ranged from studying the impact forces of tsunami debris to hybrid testing of multi-story buildings to developing graphical user interfaces for data collection and analysis..

Research posters and papers are available in the NEES REU Archive

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What Are REU Students Doing Now?


The NEES REU program has had tremendous impact on the lives of undergraduates, and the worlds that engineers create. After their research experience, many of the NEES REU students went on to pursue master’s or PhD degrees. Engineers with master’s degrees tend to land jobs with more design and management responsibilities and higher starting salaries. And engineers with PhDs are the individuals paving the way to new engineering practices.
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Other Earthquake Engineering REU programs

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) operates a Summer Internship Program - you can visit this link to learn more about it. You may also click here to view the 2013 REU flyer.

The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) holds two Summer Undergraduate Internship Programs: UseIT (Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology) and SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience).  Click here for more information.