Research Fellowships

Energy Institute/ UROP partnership

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The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) seeks to provide selected U-M undergraduates at all years of study with a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week fellowship to work under the supervision of a University of Michigan faculty member in science, technology, and policy fields related to the following research areas:

  • energy policy, economics, and societal impact
  • carbon-free energy sources
  • energy storage and utilization
  • transportation and fuels

Suitable mentors may be identified from the UMEI faculty affiliates. Participating undergraduates will perform research and receive mentoring while they work on the great challenge of our times: meeting the energy needs to our society in a sustainable manner. The UMEI-UROP partnership engages undergraduates who express interest in energy issues and encourage them to advance their education in the field.

In addition to research with a UMEI faculty affiliate, students will participate in UROP activities, which include weekly seminars and other community-building opportunities for participants and conclude with poster presentations at a symposium.

The UMEI-UROP program seeks to attract a [broadly] diverse student population, which would include women and historically underrepresented students as well as first generation college students and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program also offers workshops and resources to assist students with the graduate school application process.

This fellowship is open to current undergraduate students attending the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Campus. Students may not be enrolled in more than one spring or one summer course while participating in the fellowship program. Enrollment in spring/summer courses is highly discouraged for program participants.

How to Apply:

The 2019 UMEI-UROP fellowship began on May 28. Applications for next summer will open during the winter 2020 semester. If you have questions about the program, please contact Bart Bartlett, Associate Director for Science and Technology at the Energy Institute.

UMEI-UROP 2019 Summer Fellows:

The Energy Institute welcomed twenty UROP research fellows in May and placed them directly with affiliated faculty to conduct immersive energy research on a range of topics including: hybrid vehicle battery sizing, producing bio-energy from organic waste, energy efficiency in buildings, demographic factors that influence the contentiousness of wind turbine siting, the impacts of oil and gas development on communities, and carbon management at U-M. At the end of the summer term, research fellows will give poster presentations at the UROP symposium in August.

Student Mentor Project
Brendon Brown Andrej Lenert Passive Radiative Cooling
Chenyi Zhu Jason Siegel Battery Sizing for a Series Hybrid Vehicle
Chris Swendris Adam Matzger Synthesis and Characterization of Organic Ferroelectric Solid Solutions
Christian Cannon Tony Reames GRID Alternatives
Dhruv Tatke Rick Laine Study of NAASICON structured ceramic electrolyte thin films for solid state soldium-ion batteries
Edgar Chung Kim Kearfott Study of airflow dynamics in small building for energy conservation
Elizabeth Ratajczyk Adam Simon A Renewable Storage Grid Future
Eric Musa Bryan Goldsmith Using Machine Learning with a Genetic Algorithm for Enhanced Catalysis Research
Ethan Pattison Neil Dasgupta Lithium Metal-Operando Video Microscopy
Grant Dukus Adam Simon Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Jacob Hoffman Neil Dasgupta Intermediate-Temperature Photon-Enhanced CO2 Reduction
Jiaheng He Rachel Goldman Identifying Defects and their Electronic Signatures in Regrown GaN Heterostructures
John Cousineau Bart Bartlett Photocatalysts for Biomass Conversion Reactions
Josh Cooper Bart Bartlett Kinetics of Photoelectrochemical Processes on WO3 Powers and Films
Kamryn Hayes Daniel Raimi Community Impacts of Oil and Gas Development
Leah Adelman Sarah Mills Wind Turbines and Job Creation
Lucy Aley Lutgarde Raskin Producing Bio-energy from Organic Waste in a Two-Phase Anaerobic Bioreactor
Madeleine Bahorski Al-Thaddeus Avestruz Highly Enhanced Immersion Cooling of High Power Semiconductor Devices Using Magnetic Convection of Paramagnetic Nanoparticle Suspensions
Mayur Bandekar Sarah Mills Isolating the demographic factors that influence contentiousness of wind energy sites
Timothy Arvan Samuel Stolper Carbon Management at U-M


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