Research Experience for Undergraduate Students

Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

Watch the videos above and hear what our CB2 REU students say about their summer research experience at Iowa State University and at Washington State University.


The Summer 2019 application period will open in late 2018, please check back later.

The REU program will start in late May 2019 for a duration of about 9.5 weeks.




Since the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), has established a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site designed to provide undergraduate students a chance to participate in industry-directed fundamental research opportunities in the fields of bioplastics and biocomposites. The students will gain hands-on experience with synthesis, processing, and characterization of biobased plastics and composite materials. The REU program will continue for 3 years, i.e. Summer ’17, Summer ’18, and Summer ’19.


Each year, 10 students (recruited primarily from academic institutions where research programs in STEM are limited) will work on research conducted by the CB2, with 5 students conducting their research at Washington State University and 5 students doing their research projects at Iowa State University.


During the program, the students will participate in a series of bioplastics short courses, have responsibility for an independent research project performed with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and engage with leading industry experts from the Industrial Advisory Board of the CB2.


The students will have a shared, well-defined common focus on sustainable bioplastics and biocomposites that will enable a cohort experience with a common orientation in Ames, IA and debrief in Pullman, WA.  The cohort will also be part of a larger community of scholars on both campuses, with the research results showcased at Washington State University in a final poster presentation and symposium.


Point-of-contact for student applicants:


CB2 Co-Director

Washington State University

(509) 335-6261


Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites