• REU members in 2018
  • Hudson Hall on the campus of Duke University
  • Welcome banner at Duke University
  • Wilkinson Building on the campus of Duke University

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Through this National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported REU program, students have the opportunity to work on research projects related to solving one of the Grand Challenges of Engineering for the 21 Century.

The Grand Challenges of Engineering are more than a dozen complex tasks aimed at ensuring the resiliency and the sustainability of the world's population and of future generations. These challenges include such vital objectives such as:

  • Advancing health informatics
  • Engineering better medicines
  • Reverse-engineering the brain
  • Restoring and improving urban infrastructure
  • Engineering the tools for scientific discovery

Participants of this program:

  • Conduct research with world-renowned Duke faculty
  • Gain technical skills and foster personal creativity
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Enhance writing and science communication skills
  • Expand social and career networks
  • Enjoy fun activities with fellow participants and members of the Duke community