Explore it! Building The Next Generation Of Sustainable Forest Bioproducts Researchers

Title 
Explore it! Building The Next Generation Of Sustainable Forest Bioproducts Researchers
Institution 
University of Maine and the University of Concepcion, Chile
Institution Type 
Research university
City 
Orono
State 
ME
Field 
Forest Operations, Resource Economics, Bioproducts, Bioenergy, Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Material Science, Nanotechnology
Start Date 
6/4/18
End Date 
8/10/18
Stipend 
$5000
Hrs / Week 
40
Deadline 
2/16/18
Description 
This project is a continuation of a previously funded REU Site: Explore it! Building the Next Generation of Sustainable Forest Bioproduct Researchers. The Site Proposal EEC- 1757529 acknowledges the support from the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC). This REU Site provides 10 undergraduates with a ten week summer research experience, leveraged on the focus areas of the University of Maine, Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI). Focus on sustainable forest bioproducts is highly topical and of great global importance in the area of sustainable bioproduct alternatives. Students conduct research advancing their knowledge of the field in general and one of the thematic elements, specifically: i) sustainability and LCA, ii) feedstock extraction/modification, iii), process control and sensing, iv) nanomaterial production and utilization, and v) new product development. REU funding provides stipends and professional development activities for 30 undergraduates over 3 years. Additional non-NSF REU funded students will participate, including 6 Chilean students on a mutual exchange with 6 US students, thereby broadening the impact of the program. Students are mentored by one of 12 Faculty, all of whom are senior personnel in the FBRI, or the University of Concepcion–UDT, Chile. The REU program concludes with a forest products industry field trip to Chile, and also involves a research conference where participants present their work to Chilean faculty and students. A unique set of evaluation and assessment tools are employed that allow tracking of student performance, thus enabling feedback to students and the program alike.
Qualifications 
(1) Current undergraduate in sophomore or junior year with a minimum GPA to 3.0; (2) US Citizen or permanent resident; and (3) Must have a valid passport
Contact 
Wendy Erickson
URL 
https://forestbioproducts.umaine.edu/reu/
Email 
wendy.erickson@maine.edu or douglasg@maine.edu
Number of Participants 
10
Housing Provided 
yes
Subsistence Provided 
yes