UC Davis, University of California

Program Overview

NSF CREATE-REU is a summer residential undergraduate research experience program focused on transgenic plants and in-vitro plant systems. CREATE stands for Collaborative Research and Education in Agricultural Technologies and Engineering and UC Davis is also home to the NSF CREATE-IGERT doctoral training program, which will provide an extended research family and pool of mentors for REU participants. Through the CREATE-REU program, students will be trained in interdisciplinary research approaches and will develop professional skills needed for success in graduate school and the workplace.

Each summer (2010-2012), eight trainees will be selected to participate in the CREATE-REU and will reside on campus for nine weeks (late June through mid-August). Participant housing and meals will be provided, along with a weekly stipend of $450. Additional funds to offset travel costs may be available upon request.

The NSF CREATE-REU program was administered during the summers of 2010-2012 and is not currently accepting applications.


Research Focus Areas

Students in labCREATE-REU is designed to prepare aspiring engineers and scientists for careers or graduate studies in fields related to plant biotechnology. We will expose students to the technical and cultural aspects of team-based interdisciplinary research at the university. Students will work closely with graduate students, professional research scientists and faculty with expertise in the following focus areas:

BioreactorResearch projects within these three broad focus areas will address current global challenges in health care, renewable energy and agriculture. Major issues that will be addressed during the CREATE-REU nine week program include: 1) the lack of rapid production technologies for vaccine manufacturing and the rising cost of health care; 2) limiting global dependence on fossil fuels through new technologies in biomass conversion and green chemistry; 3) the need to preserve and sustain our natural resources, while remediating contaminated soil and ground water; and 4) the need to maximize agricultural outputs and minimize environmental impacts in the quest for global food security. Emphasis will be placed on student understanding of the ethical, societal and policy issues related to implementing plant-based, agricultural technologies.

NSF Award Information

The NSF CREATE-REU program is made possible through funding by the National Science Foundation (EEC#-0852090) via Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. For more information, download our flyer (PDF).

Student in lab“The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.” -NSF Synopsis of REU Programs