About the Program


The Environmental Engineering Solutions for Pollution Prevention (EESPP) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University at Buffalo (UB) is a 10-week summer program. EESPP-REU builds upon the past ERIE-REU program by promoting air and water pollution projects that are relevant to not only Western New York, but across the globe. Projects focus on laboratory and/or field experimentation in three themed areas:

  • Pollutant Identification and Measurement
  • Pollutant Source Control
  • Environmental Remediation
Students testing water at Woodlawn Beach.

Participants are paired with a faculty research mentor to conduct transformative air and/or water pollution research. Weekly group meetings of the REU cohort foster student-to-student communication via workshops and networking opportunities. A Research Symposium, as well as support for post-REU conference presentations and publications, provides students opportunities to hone their communication skills.

Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled as undergraduate students in a college program through Fall 2019. Students from under-represented minority groups and non-research focused institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Highlights

  • $5,250 research stipend for participation in the full 10-week summer program
  • Networking opportunities with UB faculty and student participants from throughout the U.S.
  • Summer housing in a LEED-Certified UB Dormitory, included for free
  • Poster and oral presentation training through a concluding Summer Research Symposium
  • Opportunity to participate in a professional research conference
  • GRE training provided by Kaplan Test Prep, Inc., including access to online tools
  • Social activities and technical field trips. Past trips have included Niagara Falls State Park, Letchworth State Park, Love Canal, and the Buffalo waterfront.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. EEC-1559989 and EEC-1852243.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.