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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

What is the NARA SURE?

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is a 9 to 10 week summer undergraduate research program focused on the development of a forest residuals to bio-jet industry that is regionally focused, economically viable, and socially acceptable. This program includes an education component to enhance science literacy in biofuels, and help people understand how they’re going to fit into the new energy economy. Current undergraduates can participate in this program and spend the summer engaged in full-time, mentored research at Washington State University (Pullman, WA) OR at the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS, McCall, ID) operated by the University of Idaho.

Program Goals

The NARA SURE program goal is to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in ongoing active research programs. Working closely with faculty and graduate students, the participants will gain hands on experience with using forest residuals to create bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based products such as jet fuel.

Who is eligible?

Participants must be currently registered at a two or four year college, may not have received their Bachelor’s degree prior to July 2017, and must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Women, members of demographic groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering, and students from community colleges or institutions that do not offer research opportunities for undergraduates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Students at all levels of their undergraduate work are sought for this program, and majors such as chemical engineering, environmental engineering, education, as well as students from chemistry, physics, math, and other technical majors are encouraged to apply. Yes, we take freshmen to seniors, and we do hope to have a broad mix of students at various levels of their college careers, so don’t hold back from applying just because you haven’t had any research experience.

What you get

In addition to gaining experience in the bio-jet industry and/or education of renewable energy, you also receive:

  • A stipend of $5,000 for the 9 to 10 week session and free housing
  • Travel assistance for travel to and from Pullman, WA or McCall, ID

We will provide housing in an off campus facility, with a shared kitchen and recreation facilities for all students.

Dates of the Program

Start date: June 1, 2017
End date: Aug. 4, 2017

Students on the quarter system that are unable to start on June 1 are still eligible to apply. Please do not let that deter you. Students located at MOSS for the summer will come to Pullman, WA for the end of the summer poster symposium on Aug. 4.

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SURE Posters from Previous Summers