Research Experiences for Mentors (REM) Program

A Joint Partnership between CISTAR and the National Society of Black Engineers Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Programs 

Summer Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Program Like No Other!

The Research Experience and Mentoring Program (REM) is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students and middle/high school teachers to participate in a research experience with CISTAR and as a mentor at one of NSBE's SEEK camps across the nation in one summer. Funding is available for participants to attend the Emerging Researchers and National Conference in STEM in Washington, DC the following year. In addition to a stipend, participants will be provided housing at Purdue and travel to Purdue and from Purdue to their SEEK Camp.

Research Areas: 

  • Synthesis and characterization and testing of new catalysts for membranes for separation
  • Separations (advanced membranes and ionic liquids)
  • Process modeling and systems integration
  • Environmental and life cycle analysis

Program Details:

  • Offered at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Stipend offered to undergraduates and teachers in addition to funding for: travel to Purdue, from Purdue to SEEK Camp, SEEK Camp to home, and travel to ERN in conference for the following year
  • Additional stipend offered for teachers to disseminate lesson plans
  • Housing at Purdue provided


  • Undergraduate students majoring in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Engineering, and Ceramic Engineering
  • Middle/High school teachers teaching STEM-related subjects
  • Eligible students/teachers must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Students currently enrolled in a college or university, and attending in the fall
  • Students/teachers from underrepresented minority groups, women, persons with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One-page resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript
  • Letter of interest indicating an understanding of the CISTAR mission and system, and your future goals; you should link how past experiences and this research opportunity would help you obtain those goals
  • Recommendation letter