University of Cincinnati | Research Experience for Undergraduates

Posted: March 20, 2024

Start: May 29, 2024
Location: University of Cincinnati Main Campus in Cincinatti, OH

REALIZE - 2050 is a research experience for undergraduates. For 10 weeks, you will work alongside world-class scientists at the university of Cincinnati researching solutions to the greatest challenge of our times.

The REALIZE-2050 REU Site at the University of Cincinnati (UC) is an interdisciplinary research training program to accelerate technology innovations for meeting the U.S. net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050. Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and CO2 emissions are a major catalyst of climate change that cannot be mitigated by any single strategy alone. This ten-week NSF REU program will expose 10 undergraduate students each summer to cutting-edge research in energy efficiency, industrial electrification, energy storage, low-carbon fuels, renewable energy, and carbon capture/utilization.

Program Overview

Students will work closely with 12 world-class faculty mentors across five departments and two colleges and in UC's state-of-the-art research facilities to address fundamental research challenges in decarbonization of energy generation, manufacturing, infrastructure, and transportation and gain a holistic understanding of the global challenge of mitigating climate change. In this learner-centered program, students will be introduced to convergent research approaches, research multiple facets of the decarbonization technologies, and assess the technological maturity, feasibility, and impacts of emerging alternatives. Leveraging UC's location near the center of U.S. manufacturing investments, the integrated cohort activities are designed to raise students' awareness of industrial decarbonation efforts through manufacturing innovations. Participants will report their findings through podcasts designed to broaden public understanding of the role of scientific research in decarbonization.


  • U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
  • An undergraduate student at the time of the REU participation
  • Major in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or related fields
  • a GPA of 3.3 or higher.


  • $7,000 stipend
  • Free on-camous housing at UC
  • Travel support (up to $500)

Key Dates

Application deadline: April 26, 2024

Notification of acceptance: May 8, 2024

Program date: May 29 - August 2, 2024

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