Dates of Program: 
June 1 – August 7, 2020

The ME3 REU Program is an all-expenses paid summer research experience.  Participants will receive a summer stipend of $5,000, travel sponsorship and/or reimbursement, state-of-the-art on-campus housing, and a summer meal plan.  The program will also cover a health insurance supplement for access to on-campus health clinic facilities.

Programmatic features: 
In addition to the professional and skills development activities (below), the ME3 REU Program will offer social events coordinated with 20+ other REU Programs on the University of Minnesota campus.  These social events may include trips to the Science Museum of Minnesota, a Minnesota Twins Baseball Game, the Guthrie Theater, among other local highlights.


  Wednesday Seminars & Workshops Activity / Application

Skill Development



  • Basics of Mentorship
  • REU Science Communications Workshop
  • Research Ethics
  • ME Safety Training with ME Undergraduate Peers
  • Peer evaluation of writing, presentations
  • UMN Research Poster Symposium

Energy and the Environment



  • Overview of relevant mechanical engineering research disciplines
  • REU Welcome Week Orientations
  • Field Trips (District Energy Plant in St. Paul, UMN campus district heating/cooling plant)

Career Opportunities



  • Graduate School Overview
  • Financial Aid
  • Interviewing Best Practices
  • Field trips to local industry
    • Possibilities include Eaton Corporation, Donaldson Company, Honeywell, 3M
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