NSF-REM Summer Internship Program

NSF Research Experience and Mentoring Program is an eight-week residential program for incoming University of Washington (UW) freshmen from underrepresented and underserved populations.  Students spend 40 hours per week working on a research under the guidance of faculty and graduate students. In addition to conducting research, students strengthen their mathematics and problem solving skills in a math class, develop a community of peers and advisors at the UW, and have a lot of fun living on the UW campus for the summer.

The NSF-REM Summer Internship Program aims to achieve the following goals:

  • Encourage students to pursue STEM careers
  • Provide hands-on exposure to research in the interdisciplinary field of energy research
  • Improve student knowledge about the nature of research including ambiguity, evolving understanding, and the open-ended nature of research
  • Develop student inquiry skills including formulating research questions, experimental design, analysis, scientific communication, and envisioning future steps
  • Impart relevant, state-of-the-art content in energy research in the domains of chemistry, materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and architecture
  • Facilitate mentorship between graduate students, faculty and student interns
  • Build students’ presentation skills, especially with regard to the presentation of scientific research
  • Provide students a mental roadmap for preparing for and entering the University of Washington

Research Area

The overarching research area is “Towards zero-energy buildings based on energy-harvesting electrochromic window and thermoelectric systems.” To learn more about this area of research, see the UW Today article Dimmable windows with solar panels could power zero-energy buildings.

The NSF-REM is a great way to spend your summer!

Past participants have found the NSF-REM program at the UW to be very valuable:

“I have had a very beneficial and informative summer doing research at the UW.”

“Thank you for this opportunity!”

“Thank you so much for your support. Without it I would not have been able to have this great opportunity to do research at the UW!”

Positions & Eligibility

Pending funding, we will hire 6 incoming University of Washington freshman for the summer program.  Women, students with disabilities, students from underrepresented minority, and low-income backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply, however we will consider students from all backgrounds.  Students should be 18 years of age or turning 18 by the time the program starts.

Program Schedule

The program lasts 8 weeks, from mid-June to mid-August. Students will work full-time (40 hours/week) in their research lab, take math courses, and participate in social activities.

Housing & Stipend

Students will receive free room and board, and will live on the University of Washington campus.

Interns will receive a monetary stipend in addition to their room and board. Students will also receive funding to attend the National Science Foundation’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) annual conference in Washington, DC, where they will present their research.


The 2014 NSF-REM took place June 28 – August 22, 2014.

2014 STEM Poster Session

2014 participants presented their research at the STEM Summer Research Symposium at the UW. NSF-REM student Trinh Ha and her work on electrochromatic windows were featured in a UW Today feature about the event.

Read the UW Today article ›