Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nanomaterials, Nanomechanics and Leadership Training in Engineering

Applications Closed

The department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas is proud to have sponsored a National Science Foundation Supported REU program for over 10 years in 2018.*

Application Checklist:

  1. Application Form (Please note Mechanical Engineering application due date below)
  2. All college transcripts (unofficial transcripts permitted)
  3. Statement of Interest: describe your interest in the program and how your participation will help advance career goals
  4. Two Recommendation Letters (each letter must accompany a recommendation form)

Examples of past project descriptions

The REU Internship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas offers:

  • Participation in cutting edge hands-on research
  • $5,000 Stipend
  • Travel Allowance & Food Allowance
  • Room and Board
  • Professional Development, Ethics, & Leadership Training
  • GRE Preparation
  • Social Events & Activities, including weekly outings

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Majoring in Mechanical, Materials, Mechanics, or Aerospace Engineering, or another related field
  • Must Graduate After September, 2018

NOTE: Please note that information provided in the application may be used to report statistics to the National Science Foundation or other reporting agencies in an aggregate report.  All information provided will remain confidential.

*Dependent upon 2018 funding confirmation.

For more details, contact:

Dr. Uche Wejinya, Director REU Program

Phone: 479-575-4800


Why Choose the U of A

Northwest Arkansas at a Glance


Fayetteville ranks fifth on the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Places to Live listfayetteville

Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas. The city has been the home of the University of Arkansas since the institution's founding in 1871.

Fayetteville is on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains, deep within the Ozarks




The University of Arkansas


Best College Reviews rated the University of Arkansas Student Union as one of "The 25 Most Amazing Campus Student Unions"-Best College Reviews

The University of Arkansas is "a very high research university," a formal classification that places us in the top 2% of the nation's 4,600 universities and colleges, as named by the Carnegie Foundation

The University of Arkansas is the only comprehensive PhD granting university in the state of Arkansas

The College of Engineering

The College of Engineering is made up of over 3,500 students (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral) with over 100 instructional faculty.

The College of Engineering reported $27.9 million in research expenditures for 2016

Faculties at the College of Engineering are conducting research in many key areas, including alternative energy, nanotechnology, information security, biomedicine, transportation and logistics

8 Degree Programs are offered, including: Biological and Agricultural, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer Science & Computer Engineering, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical

The Department of Mechanical Engineering

Strong graduate program with many successful alumni.

Record of industrial support (Caterpillar, INfoSciTex, Cameron International, etc.)

Government-sponsored fundamental research (NSF, ADHE, ABI, Office of Naval Research, AR Space Grant Consortium, etc.)

Strong national reputation

Excellent staff

18 tenured/tenure-track faculty

    • From some of the best universities in the U.S.
    • Membership leadership in national organizations
    • Regularly publishing of scholarly articles
    • High amount of research expenditures
    • History of receiving national/international honors

Research Faculty

For more information about our research faculty, click here


The Mechanical Engineering department is the only department within the College of Engineering that has a dedicated building.

The Mechanical Engineering building houses three classrooms, two computer labs, and graduate student offices. The majority of the department faculty and staff are located in this building as well.

In 2012, renovations began to provide many updates and improvements to the building.

Other facilities used by the Mechanical Engineering department include:

  • High Density Electronics Center
    • HiDEC facilities include nearly 6,000 square feet of clean room space which houses conventional MCM processing on five-inch wafers, deposition and photolithographic definition of thin film materials, and package assembly.
  • Nanoscale Material Science and Engineering Building
    • With a state-of-the-art facility and a novel approach to graduate education, the Nano building will help the University of Arkansas satisfy the needs of the nanotechnology industry for the foreseeable future.
  • Engineering Research Center
    • Faculty work with students to conduct research that makes a difference in the world. Topics of research in the centers include the improvement of health care efficiency, security of roads and waterways, advance electronics packaging, and even cancer diagnosis and treatments.
  • Arkansas High Performance Computer Center
    • The Arkansas High Performance Computing Center is a University-supported facility which provides high-performance computing resources and support for research and educational activities. The AHPCC staff currently manage nearly 5,000 computing cores with different memory and physical architectures to support a wide range of different types of computational research in both computer science and in the domain sciences.\


Funded by

National Science Foundation


REU 2015
REU 2016
REU 2017