Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

Research experiences for undergraduates are opportunities for undergraduate students, typically from STEM majors, to participate in research projects with BANR scientists. REU opportunities are usually offered in the summer, and may involve work in the field, laboratory, or both. Students receive a stipend for participating in a REU.

Multidisciplinary Bioenergy Graduate Education Programs

Colorado State University has created a multidisciplinary bioenergy PhD program and is expanding this program for graduate students participating in the BANR program in the following ways:

  • Coursework: We are augmenting two courses on bioenergy (one on technology and one on policy, economics and environmental assessment) with content related to woody biomass and biochar.

  • Research rotations: Students will be given the opportunity to spend 1-2 months working in BANR research groups.

  • Internships: We will provide opportunities for students to spend 8-10 weeks working on a bioenergy project at another institution (e.g., company, national laboratory, or federal agency).

  • Washington policy week: Students will spend 4 days in Washington, DC meeting with people with different roles in shaping US energy policy, including Congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofits, and lobbyists.

Online Bioenergy Courses and Science Units

Conversion of the two bioenergy courses mentioned above to an online format will allow us to reach K-12 teachers and graduate students at our partner institutions, and also to involve faculty there as instructors.

Energy and Policy

We will develop a 1-credit course for K-12 teachers and graduate students that focuses on the roles of different people and agencies in shaping US energy policy. The course will be based on the Washington policy week experience discussed above, and will include a pre-trip segment to prepare participants for the policy meetings.

For further information about BANR undergraduate and graduate education activities, please contact Barbara Gibson at Barbara.Gibson@colostate.edu

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