The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research in Energy (CURE) Program offers American undergraduate students a ten-week research internship in the science behind renewable energy, in a truly collaborative team environment.

Supported by the National Science Foundation, CURE welcomes a diverse group of high-performing students with backgrounds in chemistry, physics, materials science, biology or chemical engineering. Ten internships are available for the 2021 program. In addition to a stipend of $5,500, we provide convenient and comfortable dormitory housing, 100 meals and reimbursement for travel costs.

We will be complying with the university’s requirements for maintaining safe practices for everyone’s health relating to COVID-19. These practices may adjust as we progress through the year. For instance, if you were here during February, the basics would be having everyone quarantine when they arrive on campus, participate in regular asymptomatic testing, and providing appropriate housing and food if someone needs to be in isolation during their time at UMass.

We will not be running Summer of 2022

*Applicants must be able to commit to the entire 10-week program.
*Applicants must have permanent resident status in the US or be a US citizen.
**Students currently enrolled in community colleges and HBCs are also strongly encouraged to apply. 

Each of CURE’s fundamental science research projects strives to light the way toward breakthrough technologies for tomorrow’s clean energy solutions. For example:

Fuel Cells and Batteries — design and synthesis of membranes and polymers for enhanced ion transport; theoretical modeling; fabrication of fuel cells and batteries
Photovoltaic Devices — design and synthesis of molecular structures with enhanced exciton lifetimes, charge transport, and mobility; directed molecular assembly, fabrication, and analysis of devices
Cellulosic Biofuels — chemical and biological conversion of recalcitrant biomass to liquid transportation fuels.