University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

NSF funds SUNRISE summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded UND $300,000 to fund three additional years for SUNRISE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) activities.

REU is a 10-week NSF-sponsored summer program in which students conduct research and attend weekly program sessions with an emphasis on publication-quality research projects and the improvement of oral and written communications skills.

SUNRISE offers the opportunity for participants to perform research in areas of great national concern – our future ability to provide low cost, sustainable, environmentally acceptable forms of energy.

“The breadth and depth of projects offered insures that students produce meaningful work on projects they find interesting,” said Wayne Seames, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of ND SUNRISE.

Nine NSF-funded students, along with additional students funded from other sources, will work on projects focused on biofuels, wind energy, solar energy, clean coal and fuel cells. The principal investigator is Evguenii Kozliak, professor of chemistry.

About ND SUNRISE (Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education)

ND SUNRISE is a student-centered, faculty-organized super cluster consisting of 38 faculty in 13 academic departments at UND, North Dakota State University, and Mayville State University.

ND SUNRISE research focuses on three areas: the technologies to enable the environmentally sustainable use of coal, the production of fuels, chemicals, polymers, and composites from renewable sources, and the harvesting of energy from diffuse sources (wind/solar/hydrogen).

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-- Juan Miguel Pedraza, writer/editor, University Relations, 777-6571, juan.pedraza@und.edu.


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