The Rutgers Energy Institute is engaged in four principal areas of activity: education of undergraduate and graduate students; pioneering research; outreach to the community to share information and engage the public; and policy advice to government, business, and civic leaders who require current knowledge about energy use, alternatives, and innovations to guide decision-making and public planning.
Each of these four areas is critical to the overall mission of the institute: to foster both fundamental and applied scientific research and policy research to develop sustainable energy production compatible with economic growth and environmental vitality.
REI Summer Internship 2016
The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) offers summer internships to a select group of motivated undergraduate students. They are intended to help students understand the breadth of the energy challenge, from the environmental impacts that motivate the transition, to the technological innovation needed to create a viable new system and the socio-economic, policy and energy system frameworks necessary to enable wide-spread deployment. To that end, REI will support students working on research projects that address more than one of these elements: for example, examining novel solar photovoltaic technologies and how they might be integrated into the grid, or the geological potential of carbon sequestration and political barriers to its deployment.
You may apply if you are currently an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, or junior at any school in Rutgers University. No previous research experience is necessary, and you do not need to be a science or engineering major to apply. Students are expected to work full-time (40 hours/week) for the duration of the program, so participation is not compatible with attending summer school.
Application Submission Guidelines
Internships are competitive with awards based on recommendations and research plans.
- Candidates should submit a 1-2 page research plan detailing both the work to be carried out over the summer and the broader research agenda of which the summer study forms a part. The plan should clearly indicate how the broader research agenda addresses both scientific/engineering and societal/policy aspects of a topic in energy research, as well as the major research questions or hypotheses being investigated. Students are required to develop this plan in cooperation with a faculty advisor. Projects that include multiple faculty advisors, with expertise spanning both scientific/engineering and societal/policy aspects, are encouraged, but one of the advisors must be identified as the student's primary advisor for the summer work.
- A total of two recommendations are required, with one from the project faculty advisor (Rutgers faculty) and one additional faculty member (Rutgers or non-Rutgers).
The REI internship programs runs for 12 weeks, from May 31st through August 17th, 2016. All students are required to write an original article describing their research due in late August and present a poster of their work at the annual REI Symposium during the spring semester. Participants will receive support in the amount of $5000 (40 hours/week is expected for full payment). REI does not pay for housing.
Submission of application materials must be emailed (PDF files only) or mailed by the March 11, 2016 deadline.
Please send to REI:
71 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Attn: Beatrice Birrer
Please contact REI Program Coordinator Beatrice Birrer with any questions.
The Energy Innovation Contest 2015-16
for Rutgers New Brunswick Undergraduate Students
Sponsored by The Rutgers Energy Institute
The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) is hosting its annual energy competition intended to engage students in devising creative and innovative solutions in reducing energy wasted at Rutgers. "Energy Innovation" is the challenge for this 2016 competition.
Presently, student, staff and faculty use of the standing buildings and infrastructure of the Rutgers campus complex at New Brunswick/Piscataway accounts for approximately 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually to the atmosphere each year. Factoring in commuting students, faculty, and staff, and the total emissions are increased to an estimated 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year. One goal of the Rutgers Energy Institute is to work with students, faculty and staff across the campus complex to make the university carbon neutral by 2030.
To develop an implementable plan reducing student energy consumption on campus as well as promoting awareness about smarter eco-friendly practices across campus. Students must demonstrate how energy can be conserved by creating innovative solutions to common energy expenditures.
Three awards ($2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place) will be awarded to undergraduate students or teams who have submitted energy reduction plans selected to be the most innovative, practical, and low-cost solutions by a panel composed of faculty chosen by the REI Advisory Board.
Falkowski Named to BOEM Committee on Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have selected 14 distinguished experts, including Paul G. Falkowski (Rutgers Energy Institute Director and Distinguished Professor in Marine & Coastal Sciences, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University) to serve on the new standing committee on environmental science and assessment for offshore energy and mineral resources. The committee will provide independent information on issues relevant to BOEM’s environmental studies and assessment activities and support discussions on relevant issues.
Rutgers University selected as one of 8 Institutions in the Nation to host DOE annual Cleantech Collegiate Competitions
Rutgers was chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy to be 1 of 8 regional schools hosting CleanTech student innovation contests this spring and will be awarding one winning team in our region with a $50,000 prize. Rutgers Business School students from the Rutgers University Venture Capital Club (RUVC) were members of a Rutgers team that entered a Department of Energy collegiate competition to fund clean energy startups on college campuses.
Their proposal was titled: Mid-Atlantic Regional CleanTech University Prize (MARC-UP). Read the project summary and list of team members below.
Professors from engineering, science, and RBS are acting as mentors. The student leaders of RUVC are Aaron Weber and Doron Scheffer.
Rutgers University Project Team: Dunbar P. Birnie, III, Ph.D., REI Member – Material Science and Engineering Margaret; Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D. – Office of Economic Development, REI Member; Serpil Guran, Ph.D. – Rutgers EcoComplex, REI Member; Lou Cooperhouse – Rutgers Food Innovation Center; Kevin Lyons, Ph.D. – Rutgers Business School, Associate Director REI; Ted Baker, Ph.D. – Rutgers Business School; Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society; Rutgers Venture Capital Club; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
LaunchR is the Rutgers student-run clean technology startup accelerator funded by the Department of Energy. They are focused on connecting young, budding innovators in the green technology space through mentorship and workshops. At the end of the program, expert judges will reward the most promising company in the program with a $50,000 prize.
2016 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment C3E Poster Competition
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 C3E Poster Competition!
Female undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars conducting research in clean energy are invited to apply! Entrants with the most compelling posters will be invited to attend the 2016 C3E Symposium on May 31st at Stanford University to showcase their work.
The C3E Poster Competition is now in its fifth year and is building on prior competitions hosted by MIT. The Competition helps C3E spread its reach to all age groups and involve early- and pre-career women in the annual Symposium. The Competition also helps expose Symposium attendees to cutting-edge research in a variety of clean energy fields.The topic of the poster must relate to clean energy, but can be in any of the following areas:
- Basic Energy Science
- Built Environment and Infrastructure
- Climate and Environment
- Developing World
- Energy Education
- Energy Efficiency
- Fossil Energy
- Nuclear Energy
- Policy and Economics
- Power Distribution and Energy Storage
- Renewable Energy