Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Environmental Science and Engineering

This National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) offers a 10-week immersive research experience in environmentally focused science and engineering. Open to freshman through juniors, this program connects students from the Northwest US and broader US to hands on experience solving environmental problems. This program also includes development to enhance students professional skills, such as preparing and delivering technical writing and presentations. At the conclusion of the program students will have meaningful experience that is in demand as they continue their academic careers in graduate school or move into the workforce.


The priority deadline is February 15th, but applications will be accepted until the program is full.

Program Information

Students will travel to Butte, MT for this 10 week program that runs May 29th to August 4th. Each student who enrolls in the program will receive:

  • A stipend of $600 / week ($6000 total)
  • Summer housing on the Montana Tech campus
  • Travel reimbursement to and from Butte (up to $1000)
  • Meals provided by campus dining services and others on weekdays

The weeks will largely consist of faculty led laboratory based research, but numerous group activities are planned. These include field trips that explore environmental concepts around Montana, including an alpine meadow impaced by climate change, locations with engineered solutions to environmental problems, the world infamous Berkeley Pit, and Yellowstone National Park. It is expected that many students will not have substantial prior research experience. Students will participate in trainings and workshops that cover laboratory safety, research ethics, and numerous professional development opportunities. When combined with the individual research project, students completing this program will be well positioned for a career in an environmentally focused field.

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For more information on individual research projects, please visit the participating faculty information page.