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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Primary Institution: University of Maine
City: Orono
State: ME
Job Duration: June-August 2008
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Sustainable Forest Bio-products
Description: The University of Maine (UMaine) offers a research and educational NSF funded program to a diverse pool of undergraduates interested in research connected to sustainable forest bio-products development. UMaine's Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative (FBRI) is a multidisciplinary research institute that includes faculty from chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, forestry, molecular biology, resource economics and wood science and technology. Other campus research centers that support the REU program include the Pulp and Paper Process Development Center, the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center, and the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit.

The REU site will build upon these opportunities by educating students in sustainable forest bio-products, involving them at the deepest level with the research enterprise, and revealing to them the excitement and potential of a career built upon a graduate education.

The UMaine REU Site will fund ten students for ten weeks during summer 2008. We are looking for promising junior and senior students from a variety of academic institutions (outside of Maine) including public and private universities and colleges in an effort to promote a diverse group of student researchers.

Research Areas include:
* Sustainable forest management and harvesting technology
* Enzyme reaction kinetics
* Bio-products materials development and characterization
* Cellulose nanocomposites
* Economic forecasting and analysis
* Life Cycle Analysis ('cradle to grave' assessment of impacts)
Stipend: $500/week (10 weeks total)
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 03/15/2008
Job Website:

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Cynthia Growe
5737 Jenness Hall
Room 213
Orono, ME 04473
Phone: (207) 581-1431
Fax: (207) 581-9418
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