The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas hosts the From Bench to Market: Engineering Systems for High Efficiency Separations Research Experience for Undergraduates (Separations & Commercialization REU). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation through the Research Experience for Undergraduates program and is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
The Separations & Commercialization REU program will offer research experiences in laboratories that are working towards the goals of improving separation efficiency and reducing separation processing costs to a diverse group of undergraduate students. Participants will interact with faculty and graduate students to plan and execute a 10-week research project. A unique component of this REU program is the commercialization assessment training (CAT) series that will prepare them to think about the potential commercialization of traditional hypothesis-driven research early in the process. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders in the separation field through the CAT series, industrial mentorships, as well as industrial site visits locally and in Dallas.
The REU programs on the University of Arkansas campus hold regular activities throughout the summer to foster a sense of community amongst the participants. The REU programs are on the same schedule and the participants are housed together. There are regular social and professional development activities held in the evenings. Some examples include concerts in the park, bowling, resume development, dining etiquette, and more. Fayetteville, AR was placed in the top 5 of Best Places to Live by U.S. News in 2016 and 2017 and was named in “10 Best College Towns” by Livability.com in 2014.