Undergraduate and Graduate Outreach

CCEI provides cutting-edge research and education opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Click on the links below to learn more about undergraduate and graduate education at CCEI. If you need additional information, please send an email.

2012 Summer Fellowship Program

***Applications for this year’s Summer Fellowship Program are no longer being accepted.***

CCEI is proud to once again host a Summer Fellowship Program to give undergraduate students an opportunity to perform ground-breaking research on advanced biofuel technologies. During this 10-week internship, undergraduate students will be paired with faculty, graduate students or staff scientists to conduct research on a variety of topics related to catalysis synthesis, characterization and analysis.

Summer fellows receive a competitive stipend and have the opportunity to conduct research at our partner institutions (campus housing at the partner institutions is provided by CCEI). In addition to conducting research, summer fellows participate in career development activities, such as:

  • Creating a professional research poster
  • Presenting research to peers and faculty
  • Field trip to industry
  • Lab safety training
  • Refining technical writing skills

Highlights from 2011 Summer Fellowship Program

CCEI hosted 19 undergraduate students as part of the 2nd annual Summer Fellowship Program. CCEI faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff from the University of Delaware, University of Massachusetts, North Carolina State University and Brookhaven National Lab worked closely with CCEI Summer Fellows to develop projects related to various aspects of the center’s research efforts.

In addition to gaining hands-on, laboratory and computational experience, CCEI Summer Fellows also participated in numerous student development activities throughout the summer. Students learned how to prepare an effective resume and enhance their interviewing skills during a training provided by University of Delaware’s Career Services Center. Many CCEI Fellows also had the opportunity to communicate their research accomplishments in the Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the University of Delaware. CCEI Fellows designed posters highlighting their research and presented them to university faculty, staff and peers at the symposium.

To gain exposure to chemical engineering career opportunities, CCEI Fellows toured the Dow Chemical manufacturing site in Newark, Del. This unique learning experience gave students insight to all aspects of an industrial setting, including R&D, product quality control and consumer relations. The knowledgeable staff at Dow also facilitated an in-depth discussion with the students that included topics such as career path decisions, life experiences as an engineer and advice for job seekers.

All of the 2011 Summer Fellows were talented young researchers and a pleasure to work with, but a few students in the group surpassed the expectations of the program by helping out with a summer engineering day camp at the University of Delaware. Volunteering their time and expertise, these Fellows designed and facilitated an hour-long activity for 80 day campers. During the session, the Fellows explained CCEI’s research goals, helped campers investigate the process of catalysis through a hands-on experiment and answered questions about college life. Both the day campers and CCEI Fellows valued the experience.

Thank you to all CCEI Summer Fellows for making a significant contribution to the research of the center and to all the faculty, staff and students who contributed to the success of the 2011 Summer Fellows program!

CCEI graduate students are earning Ph.D. degrees from eight institutions, including University of Delaware, Lehigh University, University of Minnesota, University of Massachusetts, North Carolina State University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and California Institute of Technology. As integral members of CCEI, our graduate students are crucial to advancing the ground-breaking research of the center.

For more information about graduate study opportunities at CCEI, please contact individual faculty members at their respective institutions.

Internship / Employment

Resource Description
National Science Foundation
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
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.
AIChE CareerEngineer AIChE job board that lists intern and co-op opportunities
ChemicalEngineeringJobs.org Search employment opportunities and internships in the field of chemical engineering
Careers at Chevron Search employment opportunities and internships at Chevron
ChemicalEngineer.com Chemical engineering jobs and products for professionals
EngineerJobs.com The World’s Most Visited Engineering Job Site
Engineering Central Search for engineering careers and post resumes for potential employers
Engineering.com Lists of hundreds of career opportunities in the field of chemical engineering
ChemEmploy Career catalyst for chemical professionals
Jobs in Biofuels Find biofuel jobs from across the US
GreenJobSearch.org Green job board from that compiles green career opportunities from across the web
Clean Tech Recruits Specialists in Renewable Energy Jobs
Green Careers Guide Resources for finding jobs in the green industry
BiofuelEngineerJobs.com View job opportunities, post your resume, review current salaries
Biofuels Digest Job board from the world’s most widely read daily biofuels publication

Professional Organizations

Resource Description
American Chemical Society (ACS) ACS is recognized as a world leader in fostering scientific education and research, and promoting public understanding of science.
American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) ACORE is an organization of member companies and institutions that are dedicated to moving renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy, ensuring the success of the renewable energy industry while helping to build a sustainable and independent energy future for the nation
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) AIChE provides members with technical resources as well as tools to manage their careers and lives.
Association of Energy Engineers The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is your source for information and networking in the dynamic fields of energy engineering and energy management, renewable and alternative energy, power generation, energy services, sustainability, and all related areas.
BioEnergy Producers Association The mission of the BioEnergy Producers Association (BPA) is to advance the development and commercialization of sustainable, environmentally preferable industries that produce power, fuels, and chemicals from agricultural, forestry, and urban sources of biomass and plastic wastes.
Electrochemical Society (ECS) ECS is an international educational, non-profit organization concerned with a broad range of phenomena related to electrochemical and solid state science and technology.
European Biomass Industry Association EUBIA’s main objective is to support the European biomass industries at all levels, promoting the use of biomass as an energy source, developing innovative bioenergy concepts and fostering international co-operation within the bioenergy field.
National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) NOBCChE is committed to the professional and educational growth of underrepresented minorities in the sciences.
North American Catalysis Society A not-for-profit professional organization of over 1,500 scientists and engineers who work in the field of catalysis.
Renewable Fuels Association The national trade association for the domestic ethanol industry.
US Department of Energy (DOE) The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
USDOE Energy Frontier Research Centers The Energy Frontier Research Centers program aims to accelerate such transformative discovery, combining the talents and creativity of our national scientific workforce with a powerful new generation of tools for penetrating, understanding, and manipulating matter on the atomic and molecular scales.

Engineering Degree Programs

CCEI research is conducted at the following institutions. Click on the links below to learn more about the chemical engineering programs at each university:

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
University of Delaware
Department of Chemical Engineering
North Carolina State University
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Lehigh University
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
California Institute of Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering
Rutgers University
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
University of Southern California
Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Princeton University
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering