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The Center for Resource Recovery & Recycling (CR³) at WPI invites undergraduate students from around the country to apply for two competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates projects in recycling. The program will run from June 1 to August 6, 2021.

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 of Aluminum Scrap for Value-Added Recycling
    The Army Research Laboratory is interested in recycling the metallic waste generated at its forward operating bases. As the first step, this project will develop reliable methods for separating and sorting the metallic scrap into metallic and non-metallic scraps—and further into ferrous and non-ferrous metallic scraps.

Program Support

Students will receive a stipend of $5,000, a room in WPI’s residential housing for the duration of the REU Program and a travel subsidy.  Please contact Maureen Plunkett at with questions or for additional information.

Applications for these two projects are due April 15, 2021.

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.

Apply now to be part of the CR³ REU program: ( Please note that due to COVID-19, some elements of the program are subject to change.