Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Engineering Research Center (ERC)

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The Extreme Ultraviolet Engineering Research Center (EUV ERC) is a collaboration between like-minded research scientists at Colorado State University (CSU), the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU Boulder) and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) who are interested in understanding EUV science and committed to engineering new instruments for future technologies. The collaboration officially began 10 years ago when the Principal Investigators of labs at these 3 sites applied for and were awarded a prestigious NSF Engineering Research Center grant. NSF funding ended in 2013 however the Center continues today with a variety of sponsors including a close partnership with 18 corporate partners.

The Center is committed to educating and training the next generation of engineers and scientists proficient in the field of laser and optics technology, or photonics. This EUV ERC’s research experience for undergraduates (REU) program builds on the strength of the existing infrastructure of the EUV ERC to offer world-class opportunities for students to gain research experience that will prepare them for entry into graduate studies and the workforce in this critical field. Few places in the world offer this unique undergraduate study opportunity unified by the focus of advancing laser and optic science and technology.

The REU program supports 9 students per year in summer research projects (10 weeks) that involve developing the engineering aspects of EUV laser/coherent light. The interns will be placed at one of three ERC core institutions; CSU Fort Collins, CU Boulder or UC Berkeley. At CSU, Professors Jorge Rocca, Carmen Menoni and Mario Marconi of the ECE Department have supported hundreds of interns.

It is the Center’s goal to assemble a group of REU interns with a variety of backgrounds (experiential, geographic, cultural, ethnic etc.) so that interns can benefit from collaborations with people from multiple viewpoints, cultures, and worldviews thereby preparing them for careers in which diversity is no longer the goal but the reality.

More details about the program and an application form can be found on the Center’s Website at


Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the areas of science and technology are eligible to apply (i.e. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, Chemistry). A junior standing is preferred, however, sophomores with good academic standing, particularly those with laboratory experience, will also be considered. Participants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for consideration. Participants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States (NSF Requirement).

Program Dates: June - August, 2021

Some flexibility in start-end dates allowed due to academic calendars.
The application submission deadline is March 1, 2021
The application is submitted online

Alternatively, applications can be sent to:

c/o Teresa Simske
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
1373 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1373

Stipend, travel and housing

The program offers a competitive stipend of $5,000, housing and travel.

Research Projects:

Research projects are determined by the Principal Investigators at each of the 3 Research Labs involved with the EUV ERC. More information can be found on the web site at