Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Renewable Energy Generation and Storage


Program Overview

 Join an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in state of the art facilities at Binghamton University for a hands-on summer research and professional development experience. This NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Renewable Energy Generation and Storage will address important scientific, technological, and training needs in the energy sector with research opportunities ranging from battery materials to photovoltaics and energy efficient systems.

Support for REU students:
  • $7000 stipend (updated for 2024)
  • Housing in dormitories for out-of-town students
  • Travel subsidy to and from Binghamton, up to $500
  • $750 meal allowance (updated for 2024)
How to Apply
  1. Complete the online application form 
  2. Prepare a one-page resume in pdf format showing work and/or research experience. Email the resume to:
  3. Ask two professors to email recommendations to:

Undergraduates from all areas of science and engineering are eligible for the program. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Students who graduate prior to the summer are not eligible. The program welcomes the participation of first-generation college students, students from small colleges and universities with limited research infrastructure, and students from groups that are underrepresented in science and engineering, including women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Important Dates:
  • Application window: Feb 15 - Mar 30, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance:  Mar 1 - Apr 15, 2024
  • Arrival in Binghamton: May 27, 2024
  • First day of program: May 28, 2024
  • Last day of program: Aug 2, 2024


Research Activities

Students will be involved in experimental or computational work with a faculty mentor on a topic related to that faculty member’s research (see Research Areas below). Additional opportunities are available to work in collaboration with local energy companies. Students will also benefit from weekly professional development workshops focused on science communication and careers in science and engineering. 

Research Areas

Students in the program will work for ten weeks on projects in one of two main research areas: energy generation and energy storage. These projects range from the development of advanced battery electrode materials and nanomaterials for fuel cells, to thin films for mechanically-flexible solar cells. REU students work with Binghamton’s most distinguished energy researchers, a roster that includes Nobel Laureate Stan Whittingham. Further information about research topics and the involved faculty are provided below.

REU students can also gain industry experience through collaborations with local energy companies. Program participants have worked with industrial partners on large-scale battery storage, thermally-insulating aerogels, and power grid simulation.

Participating Departments

Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Participating Organizations


Other Activities

Binghamton’s summers are great for outdoor activities, including hiking in the university’s nature preserve. The university is near the Finger Lakes region and within four hours of New York City and Philadelphia. Other organized student groups will be active during the summer at Binghamton, and the REU program will coordinate its student activities with them to offer additional opportunities for all students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have Questions?

Direct all inquiries and application materials to:


The application form for the summer 2024 program is now available! Applications will be accepted until March 30th.

Poster sessionAug 2023: Great to see everyone grow as researchers and present their work on solar energy, batteries, and materials for hydrogen evolution at the final poster session! 

Visiting iM3NYJul 2023: Toured iM3NY, New York State's first battery manufacturing gigafactory - a great learning experience!

In the labJuly 2022: The Renewable Energy REU was featured in Binghamton University news! Link to article

Stan Whittingham Nobel PrizeOct 2019: Energy REU mentor Stan Whittingham wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering work on lithium-ion batteries! Congratulations Prof. Whittingham!


Direct all inquiries and application materials to: