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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Summer Research Opportunities


Research Centers

Rensselaer offers comprehensive summer research opportunities for visiting undergraduate researchers from other institutions. Selected researchers will join a scholarly living community where they will engage in substantive research with Rensselaer faculty, attend professional development seminars, co-present their findings, and enjoy free time together.

Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA)

The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center offers a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for visiting undergraduate researchers. Selected students are paired with a graduate student and engage in current research projects.

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Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT)

The CURENT Engineering Research Center offers a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for visiting undergraduate researchers. Interested students should contact Elizabeth Herkenham in the School of Engineering at or 518-276-6245 for details.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Bioengineering and Biomanufacturing

Our program gives you the opportunity to work side by side with our faculty and graduate students in Rensselaer's Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies to investigate a broad range of important and interesting problems at the forefront of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Physics

The program is based in Troy, New York. We will consider all applicants, but most strongly encourage students from colleges without graduate research programs and students in STEM under-represented groups to apply.

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Lighting Research Center Internship

Learn and conduct research with some of the nation’s leading scientists exploring this new and exciting field!

With rapid advancements in new LED and solid-state light source technologies and applications transforming the lighting and display industries, experienced graduates are in high demand. The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer, the world’s leading research center in the field of lighting and solid-state devices, has a limited number of paid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate students in science and technical fields. Selected students will participate in an intensive, eight-week education and research program focused on solid-state lighting.

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