Due to the COVID19 situation, the REU Site: Sensor Science and Engineering will proceed in a hybrid fashion, with students participating in the program either in-person or remotely, depending on their residence or health situation.

National Science Foundation

2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in

Sensor Science and Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST)
University of Maine

  • 10 Week Program: June 7 to Aug 13, 2021
  •  Online Application : Please use NSF’s Common Application Portal (https://www.nsfreu.org/) . Please register at the Portal (Applicants ->General Info), and submit your application. You can submit your application to multiple REU Sites through the Portal.
  • Application Deadline:  Feb 28, 2021

During the Summer of 2021 the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST) at the University of Maine will offer the opportunity for a limited number of highly qualified undergraduate students to participate in research under the guidance of various faculty in the area of sensor science and engineering.  This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and awards the participating student a stipend of $750/week for a period of ten weeks.  A subsistence award which will help defray expenses for lodging and meals is available for eligible students.  Six undergraduate credits will be awarded to the student for his/her undergraduate research participation.  Women, minorities and/or handicapped are strongly urged to apply to the program.


Students will be involved in fundamental and applied sensor research in a new engineering science research building where they will work with state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities.  They will interact with faculty members, research scientists, and graduate students for guidance and consultation throughout the 10-week period.  At the completion of the program, students will write a final report and give an oral seminar.

Possible Research Areas Include:

  • Nanoscale materials for sensors
  • Piezoelectric Sensors
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Nano Sensors
  • Biological and Environmental Applications
  • Biological and Chemical Sensors
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Big Data: Sensor Data Fusion


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Current first, second or third year undergraduates.

Award Includes:

  • $7,500 stipend
  • 6 academic credits for (i) INT 398 Undergraduate Research Participation, and (ii) ECE 465 Introduction to Sensors.
NSF REU Sensors

Contact Information:

Nuri W. Emanetoglu
The University of Maine, 5708 Barrows Hall, Orono, ME  04469-5708
Phone: 207-581-2233, Fax 207-581-4531
Email: nuri.emanetoglu@maine.edu