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Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research Experience for Undergraduates 

in Nanomaterials, Nanomechanics,

and Leadership Training in Engineering 




Application Checklist:

Submit all items to

  1. All college transcripts (unofficial transcripts permitted)
  2. Two Recommendation Letters (each letter must accompany a recommendation form)
  3. Personal Statement: one page (maximum) describing your interest in the program and how your participation will help advance career goals

Deadline for Full Consideration: February 27th, 2015

Announcement of Awards: March 20th, 2015

Detailed Project Descriptions

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

  • $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
  • Mechanical, Materials, Mechanics or Aerospace
  • Must Graduate After September, 2015

For More Details, Contact:

Dr. Uche Wejinya Director, REU Program

Phone: 479-575-4800


Why Choose the U of A | Arkansas's Flagship University | Northwest Arkansas at a Glance | Research Faculty | Facilities

Why Choose the U of A

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville is "one of the country's best-kept secrets with its thriving economy and a family-friendly atmosphere nestled in the Ozark Mountains."-Sperling's Best Places

Ranked 17th "The South's Best College Towns"-Southern Living

Ranked 9th "Top College Towns 2013"-Livability: America's Best Places to Live & Visit


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

U.S. News ranked the University of Arkansas in their "Best Colleges 2014" report- U.S. News & World Report

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 has stated its intention to become a Top 50 public research university by 2021.

The initial steps toward this goal include:

  • Increase undergraduate rates and retention
  • Increase research funding and scholarship
  • Increase top ranked graduate programs
  • Increase reputation
  • Increase number of classes under 20 students

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 $23.8 million in research expenditures for 2012.

U.S. News and World Report rank our industrial engineering graduate program 19th among all graduate programs.

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

7 Degree Programs are offered, including: Biological/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
  • 16 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
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Arkansas's Flagship University

"A transformation is taking place at Arkansas's flagship institution of higher learning, and the changes are both obvious and subtle." Click here to read more about Arkansas's flagship university!

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Northwest Arkansas at a Glance

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Research Faculty

For more information about our research faculty, click here

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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.
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 Sponsored by




National Science Foundation 


 Department of Mechanical Engineering