Application for Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the University of Michigan

This website serves as the portal for several undergraduate research experiences for programs at the University of Michigan for the summer 2024.

These programs are targeted at undergraduate students (community college and four-year universities) in the US who are NOT enrolled at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Students at UM should seek other opportunities including SURE  and UROP.

Other Undergraduate Research Programs at the University of Michigan with their own applications and deadlines

Michigan Semiconductor Hands-On Research in Experience(M-SHORE): (NSF Engineering REU)

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP):  (Michigan Funded Program)

Optics in the City of Light,  (NSF Physics REU)

A list of all programs supported by the National Science Foundation can be found at

Important information for CMI and EVC REU

Application Open: Jan 5,  2024

Application Deadline: Feb 5, 2024

Notification of Selected Students: Mar 1-Mar 15, 2024

Program start date: May 28, 2024 (tentative)

Program end date: Aug 2, 2024 (tentative)


Students will be provided a $6,000 stipend and on-campus university housing


The applications for the Center of Materials Innovation projects is located at

The applications for the Electric Vehicle Center projects is located at 

The applications for both programs are nearly identical.

Available Projects:

Center for Materials Innovation Project: these projects are only open to US citizens or permanent residents

Primarily experimental projects:

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis and Differential Scanning Calorimetry of Covalent Adaptive Polymers (Ellen Aruda, Mechanical Engineering)

Endotaxial growth in atomic layer deposition synthesized VSe2 (Ageeth Bol, Chemistry)

Scanning probe microscopy of Endotaxial 2D Materials (Rachel Goldman, Materials Science & Engineering)

Transport measurements of phase transitions and quantum states of endotaxial transition metal dichalcogenides (John Heron, Materials Science & Engineering)

New Materials Discovery via Single Crystal Synthesis (Na Hyun Jo, Physics)

Tensile testing and analysis of the self-healing efficacy of covalent adaptable network materials (John Kieffer, Materials Science & Engineering)

Design and synthesis of polymerizable oligomers with dynamic covalent capable end functional groups (Jinsang Kim, Materials Science & Engineering)

Lithium intercalation into transition metal dichalcogenides (Yiyang Li, Materials Science & Engineering)

Exfoliations and optical characterization of functionalized layered material (Stephen Maldonado, Chemistry)

Mechanical characterization of self-healing polymers (Abdon Pena-Francesch, Materials Science & Engineering)

Thermal properties of covalent networks (Kevin Pipe, Mechanical Engineering)

Solid-state synthesis of Bismuth/Antimony Telluride ingots (Ferdinand Poudeu, Materials Science & Engineering)

Vitromers enabled by blocking and deblocking reactions (Henry Sodano, Aerospace Engineering)

Design of a room temperature oblique second/third harmonic generation imaging setup (Liuyan Zhao, Physics)

Primarily computational projects:

Molecular dynamics modeling of low-temperature creep in vitrimers (Anthony Waas and Veera Sundaraghavan, Aerospace Engineering)

Topological states in 2D materials via endotaxial and other heterostructures (Kai Sun, Physics)

Computational analysis of nucleation pathways during synthesis of transition metal dichalcogenides (Wenhao Sun, Materials Science & Engineering)

How do 2D sheets fold into 3D shapes? (Xiaoming Mao, Physics)

Training and execution of diffraction-based methods to improve throughput (Robert Hovden, Materials Science & Engineering)

Electric Vehicle Center Projects:

Primarily experimental projects:

Interfacial engineering of advanced battery materials using Atomic Layer Deposition (Neil Dasgupta, Mechanical Engineering)

High-resolution mapping of metal-air battery reactions using Scanning Electrochemical Cell Microscopy (David Kwabi, Mechanical Engineering)

Single-particle electrochemistry using polymer electrolyte (Yiyang Li, Materials Science & Engineering)

Engineering aramid nanocomposite ion conductors for next-generation batteries (Nicholas Kotov, Chemical Engineering)

Sustainable battery components from agricultural waste (Rick Laine, Materials Science & Engineering)

Dendrite characterization and suppression toward realizing lithium and sodium metal batteries (Wei Lu, Mechanical Engineering)

Understanding p-type doping of wide bandgap semiconductors for high power electronics (Rachel Goldman, Materials Science & Engineering)

Understanding the discharge/charge mechanisms at solid/aprotic interfaces of Alkali Metal-O2 battery cathodes (Eranda Nikolla, Chemical Engineering

Advanced Magnetic Resonance Methods for Understanding Function in Battery Systems. (Jing Tang, Mechanical Engineering)

Primarily computational projects:

Model-based diagnostics for battery aging (cloud BMS), leveraging EV fleet data (Jason Siegel, Mechanical Engineering) 

Improving battery performance through simulations at the electrode and particle level (Katsuyo Thornton, Materials Science & Engineering)

Data-driven digital twin calibration using EV fleet data for in-service electric vehicles (Eunshin Byon, Industrial and Operations Engineering)

Energy safety of batteries during EV operations (Gabor Orosz, Mechanical Engineering)

 The Center for Materials Innovation at the University of Michigan is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Award No. DMR-2309029.