The ACREE Program (NSF-REU)

NSF logoThe Appalachian Chemistry Research Experience in Energy and the Environment (ACREE) Program- This program is open to nationally to Chemistry majors who have completed their sophomore year and will provide a $5,000 stipend for ten weeks over the summer:

·         May 19, 2013- Dormitory check-in for non-Appalachian students
·         May 20, 2013- Program Orientation
·         May 21-June 21- Faculty/student research and one-credit course
·         July 1-August 2- Faculty/student research and one-credit course

Appalachian State University is a comprehensive university located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We serve approximately 15,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students offering more than 170 majors through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Fine and Applied Arts, Education, and the School of Music. Due to our unique location, Appalachian has made a strong commitment to promoting scholarly work in the field of Sustainable Development, most significantly in the areas of alternative energy, renewable fuels and environmental science. In order to support this aim we have established the Appalachian Chemistry Research Experience in Energy and the Environment (ACREE) Program with the goal to provide undergraduates with opportunities in energy and environmental chemistry.

The Program Features

  • A ten-week undergraduate summer research experience (May 21-June 21 and July 1-August 2).
  • Community Building Activities: program orientation, joint group meetings, workshops on ethics, graduate school preparation, and research proposal writing, and field trips.
  • A special topics course on Instrumentation in Chemical Research.
  • A $5,000 research stipend (all students).
  • Free housing (non-ASU students only). Mandatory meal plan of $700 will be taken out of stipend.
  • Conference travel funds.


Exceptional students who have completed their sophomore or junior years are eligible for ACREE. Acceptance will be based on GPA (= 2.8), a written statement describing how participation in ACREE will affect your plans after college and two letters of recommendation.

To Apply

  1. Have your faculty advisor complete the Online Faculty Recommendation Form OR if your faculty advisor is not at Appalachian, have your faculty advisor complete a hard copy of the ACREE Faculty Recommendation Form (PDF), sign it and fax it to:

    Department of Chemistry c/o Dr. Libby Puckett 828-262-6558

  2. Submit the ACREE Program application.

Award Notifications

The complete application package (including both letters of recommendation) must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013. Applications received by this deadline will be reviewed and award notifications will be made by around the first of April.