Environmental Engineering Solutions for Pollution Prevention

faculty member and student collect water samples.

The Environmental Engineering Solutions for Pollution Prevention Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) promotes air and water pollution projects that are relevant to not only Western New York, but across the globe.

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The Environmental Engineering Solutions for Pollution Prevention REU at the University at Buffalo is a 10-week summer program, with projects focusing on laboratory and/or field experimentation in three themed areas:

  • Pollutant Identification and Measurement
  • Pollutant Source Control
  • Environmental Remediation

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.

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.


Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions and be enrolled as undergraduate students in a college program through Fall 2023. Students from under-represented minority groups and non-research focused institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Submit copies of transcripts. A copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine) must be uploaded to the online application.
  3. Provide 1 letter of recommendation. Applicants must provide 1 letter of recommendation from college/university faculty. You will list your reference writer in the application and they will be sent instructions on how to provide their letter once you submit your online application.
  4. Upload your resume. Resumes are uploaded into the online application and should include (1) all post-secondary educational institutions attended with dates, (2) research and teaching experience or other university or science activities (prior research experience is not a requirement), and (3) any other information thought to be relevant to the application.
  5. Write a brief personal statement. Personal statements should describe academic and research goals and long-term career objectives. Applicants should clearly articulate what they hope to get out of the program and how they believe the program will help them reach their short- and long-term goals.
Application Deadline for the 2023 Program

Apply to the Environmental Engineering Solutions for Pollution Prevention program

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.