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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Thank you for your interest in our REU program. However, funding for the LA-SiGMA grant ends in January 2016, and therefore, we will not have a 2016 REU program.

We encourage you to apply to the REU program of the new NSF grant, and LA-SiGMA successor, Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials (CIMM).


This REU project is a nine or ten week program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects.

The Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Application (LA-SiGMA) is a 7-member alliance of universities throughout Louisiana. Members of LA-SiGMA provide six different sites and numerous projects for the REU student to become familiar with interdisciplinary research. With research groups exploring molecular interactions to model hydrophobic solubility, parallel finite elements on unstructured meshes using PETSc and Sieve, simulations of hydrogen storage materials, etc., the participants work on cutting edge research in material sciences and computational tools.


The students learn how to use the most current cyberinfrastructure tools with individually designed training sessions targeted to their specific degree of preparation. In addition, since most LA-SiGMA research groups collaborate with international researchers, REU students are exposed to how international collaborations work.

Thirty students participate in research during the summer (5 each at LSU, LA Tech, Southern, Tulane, UNO, and Xavier). Every year students will complete one central application, indicating their preferences for which REU site they would like to be a part of; the selection committee will match students with projects and faculty that meet their interests.

Each student receives a stipend of $4500, free housing in university dormitories, and up to $400 in travel expenses to and from their REU site.

We invite interested students and their faculty mentor to browse through this site and consider applying for these positions.

See our brochure and flyer.


Other REU Opportunities

Students who are considering undergrad summer research or applying to graduate school might find the following links useful:

Michael Thomas, 2010 CCT REU participant, receiving the TeraGrid Conference 2010 Best Student Poster Award

Michael Thomas receiving TeraGrid 2010 Best Student Poster award

"The REU has been instrumental in exposing me to the world of research," Michael Thomas said. "Before this summer I had never been involved in research before. I had certainly never before been exposed to creating posters, writing scientific papers, and having research peer reviewed. The summer REU program has been invaluable at helping me decide where I want to take my future, and helped me narrow my interests so I can pursue that future with a razor-like focus."