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REUs provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate students at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa to gain experience in research before graduating.

Requests for funding REUs (Research Experience for Undergraduates) must be e-mailed to their respective department chairs. Requests must include:

  1. Name of organization, name of requester and contact information;
  2. Name of project/activity, breakdown of anticipated costs, amount requested from the College of Engineering ($7,000 maximum), amount to be fundraised from non-College sources, previous funding (if any), estimated date of expenditure of funds;
  3. A brief explanation of how participation in the activity/project will benefit the College; and
  4. Name and approval of faculty adviser


Amount of Matching Funding Available from the College

College funds are intended to provide additional funding for approved expenses above what is fund-raised from sources external to the College (e.g., Student Activity Program Fee Board, companies, car washes, bake sales—but not contributions from department operating funds). The Dean’s office will contribute up to one-third of the total approved expenses ($7,000 maximum), which must be matched by two-thirds from fundraising.


  • Expenses are at least $18,000 and $12,000 was raised: The College will contribute up to $6,000.
  • Expenses are $15,000 and $12,000 was raised: The College will contribute up to $3,000.
  • Expenses are $10,000 and $12,000 was raised: Support from the College is not needed.

The College matching funds are intended to offset approved expenses and requests should be sent to ECUH, who will organize files and forward to the College.

At the time receipts for reimbursement are submitted, the source and amount of all external funds fundraised and deposited, the amount requested from the College, and a signed approval of the faculty advisor must be submitted. Travel requests must specify the name of the faculty advisor, or substitute, who will accompany the group if there is any potential for liability (not necessary for conferences).

Because the Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders may be comprised of students outside of the College, it is expected that other units will cover travel funding for non-College students.

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