Polymer School's 2021 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Begins


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, launched in 2004, has been a success in bringing students from across the country to learn about research methods and polymers here at The University of Akron’s School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. The 2021 summer internship program began June 7th and will offer 9 weeks of competitive research and career development experience to 10 students.

2021 REU Group Photo

Pictured left to right: Dr. Abraham Joy (site director), participants Manwel A. Labib, Maddison Schutt, Caleb M. Carr, Brandon Ugbesia, Alex Butler, Yancarlos Ramírez-Serpa, Ashley Nicole Spirrison, Erin Sturd, Anthony J. Harmon, Feven Moges Naba and Laurel Lohrey (coordinator)

REU provides valuable work experiences and rare resources, opportunities to work alongside graduates in the field, and the ability to learn more about polymers through different disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, physics, and biomaterials. The students who complete REU often return to study at The University of Akron to earn a PhD Degree in Polymer Science or Polymer Engineering.

The internship, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, has provided valuable experience for hundreds of undergrads who have been able to use that experience to their advantage in their careers. Best of luck to the students participating in this summer’s program!