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WPI's Recycling REU program will not run for the summer of 2020 but check back later for future dates. 



WPI’s Center for Resource Recovery & Recycling (CR3) invites undergraduate students from around the country to apply for two competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates projects in recycling. The program will run in the summer of 2020. Please check back for important program dates and application deadlines.

Students have the opportunity to participate in one of two available projects:

  1. Upgrading Steel Scrap for Electric Arc Furnace Recycling
    Recycling steel scrap with high levels of contaminated copper and tin is difficult for the steel industry. This project will develop methods to lower the copper content in scrap by physical/chemical techniques for use in steel recycling.
  2. Sorting & Separation of Multi-Material Components
    Many of today’s products are made of multiple materials making recycling/reclamation difficult. Coupled with shorter product lifetime, many materials are not being recycled. This proposed 10-week REU project will focus on one technology that can be used to separate and sort metals in-situ (by hand-held XRF), as well as to develop a fundamental understanding of remanufacturing with one grade of sorted aluminum scrap. Material-process-property relationships will be used to predict and to experimentally verify the properties of the remanufactured material.

Program Support

Students will receive a stipend of $5,000, a free WPI room in residential housing dedicated to participants in various WPI REU sites, and a travel subsidy.

Academic Program

In addition to research activities, students will have the opportunity to participate in all WPI campus seminars and events.

Social Events

Throughout the summer, various social events will be planned. Worcester, New England’s second largest city is on the rise; learn more about things to do in Worcester.


As an NSF-funded project, only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for support. Experience or background in materials processing is required. As part of the application, you will need to provide us with your resume, research interests, a statement of purpose, and two references.