Program Structure

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Program Structure

Each summer, a group of 10 undergraduate students in the REU program will become members of research groups in the broad areas of engineering and science, and join a community of scholars including faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and other undergraduates. In addition to engaging in hands-on research under the mentorship of dedicated faculty, students will participate in "How-To" workshops and personal growth seminars, embark on field trips in south Florida, and attend seminars targeted at providing technical and policy insight related to coastal resilience. Various social events and cohort building exercises will allow students to socialize, network, and enjoy the diverse cultural environments of south Florida. Student participants will be compensated with free on-campus housing and a stipend of $600 per week for the 10-week program.


Hands-on Research

Workshop and Seminars

Coastal resilience research opportunities will encompass the following areas:

  • Architectural engineering
  • Biology
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry and biochemistry
  • Civil engineering
  • Coastal ecosystem sciences
  • Computational sciences
  • Electrical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Marine and atmospheric sciences
  • Materials engineering and material science
  • Ocean sciences
  • Public health

Visit the Faculty Mentors and Researchs Projects section to see the full range of research projects and faculty mentors.

Workshops are geared towards assisting participants with fundamental aspects of engaging in research and seeking graduate study:

  • Performing a Comprehensive Literature Review
  • Creating an Appealing and Content-Rich Poster Presentation
  • Preparing a Standout Graduate School Application
  • Developing a Winning Resume

The technical and policy seminars will be given by experts and community leaders from various sections of the shareholders closely involved in coastal infrastructure resilience. The seminars will include:

  • Building Adaptive Shorelines and Resilient Communities
  • Coastal Flood Risks: Achieving Resilience Together
  • Best Practices for Managing Coastal Infrastructure
  • Community Outreach and Increasing Resilient Women


Field Trips

Presentations and Poster Symposium
Three field trips are planned with the goal of exposing the students to coastal infrastructure as well as relevant research and policy agencies. The anticipated destinations include (i) Port of Miami's Seawall, (ii) National Hurricane Center, and (iii) City of Miami Beach Office of Resilience.

REU participants will make oral presentations of their mid-point and final results at the end of week 5 and week 10, respectively. The final activity of the summer program will be a poster symposium where they will showcase their research results.



Timeline and Events Calendar

December 1, 2022: Application window open
February 28, 2023: Application window closed
March 2023: Application review period
April 1, 2023: Applicants notified with offer letter
May 1, 2023: Deadline to accept offer
May 2023: Planning stage with advisors
June 1, 2023: REU program start (on-campus)
August 10, 2023: REU program end

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2149857. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

University of Miami
Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering
1251 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146-0630

CIRR REU Administrators
Dr. Ali Ghahremaninezhad
Dr. James Giancaspro

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