RENAU: Research Experience for Native American Undergraduates

The aim of this program is to increase the representation of Native Americans in the professoriate and sciences by providing research experience along with mentoring.  Students participating in this REU program will gain skills and experiences designed to not only significantly increase their chance of gaining admission into graduate school, but also their potential for graduate school success. The Research Mentors focus on energy research and this will be reflected in the program research activities.

Why apply?

  • PAID research experience: 5 to 12 hours per week during the academic year; 40 hours per week for 10 weeks during summer (Learn more about the Summer Research Experience.)
  • Option to participate in mentored research for a second academic year
  • Perform relevant scientific research while gaining laboratory skills
  • Develop hypotheses, design and conduct experiments, analyze data and reach conclusions
  • Option to perform summer research at a partner institution such as Purdue University, University of Arizona and Texas A&M
  • Present research at the college, local and/or national scientific community
  • Strengthen research communication skills; orally and in written form
  • Establish contacts and networks in your chosen career or academic area
  • Be prepared to enter a graduate program
  • Fun extracurricular activities: BBQ’s, shared meals, hikes, and other outings

Selection criteria:

  • Eight Native American STEM major students will be selected each year to participate during the academic year and eight during the summer
  • Selection is based on aptitude, relevant skill sets, problem-solving skills, collaborative ability, and references.  Please note, there is no GPA requirement; grades, honors and other traditional selection metrics will not play a major role in student selection.
  • US Citizen, US National or Permanent Resident

Research mentors and projects:

Dr. Megan Paciaroni: Combustion Diagnostics Development and Application

  • Ballistic Imaging Project
  • Ultrafast Laser Induced Fluorescence measurements

Dr. Michael Grubb: Molecular Energy Transfer

  • Pump-probe time delay variation experiments
  • Transient lensing effects
  • Monitoring reaction processed during microwave-assisted synthesis reactions

Dr. William Nollet: Nuclear Energy; Induction Pump Performance Analysis for Generation IV Sodium-cooled Nuclear Reactors

Dr. Jeffrey Jessing: Porous Silicon Rocket Studies

Ready to apply?

Required Application Materials:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
    • Tell us about yourself and your background.  What lead you to an interest in research?
    • What are your educational goals and career goals?
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty

Please submit via email an unofficial copy of your transcript, resume and personal statement to Program Coordinator, Marnie Clay ( Letters of recommendation should be sent from the letter writer directly, via email, to Ms. Clay ( 

The FLC-RENAU Summer Program application opens November 16, 2018. The application deadline has been extended to March 8, 2019.

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Megan Paciaroni, Associate Professor
Physics / Engineering Department
Sitter Family Hall, RM 2760

Dr. Michael Grubb, Assistant Professor
Chemistry Department
Chemistry Hall, RM 240