What is SALT?
The Solar and Alternative Technologies (SALT) research experience is a 10-week summer research program providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to research and develop exciting alternative energy technologies such as fuel, catalysts, power, energy reservoirs, clean water and plastics from renewable sources or using renewable energy, thereby reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. Students working on SALT projects will learn analytical techniques, responsible conduct and environmental ethics, as well as communication and social media skills through oral and written reports. SALT research will include fascinating technologies such as microalgal biofuel, biocatalysts and nanoellipsoids.
As SALT researchers, students will get a taste of graduate level research, acquire important skills under the mentorship of experienced TU Faculty, see alternative energies in action during field trips and contribute to building a better world through renewable energy. Please look at the bottom of the page for a description of each research project. Room, a subsistence stipend for food, and a $500/week traineeship are included.
SALT students will experience alternative energy in action on six local and two one-day field trips to fascinating locations like the Pensacola Dam, Covanta Energy-from-Waste, FRE Renewable Solutions, the Gathering Place, Gilcrease Museum and Redbud Valley Nature Preserve. These trips will include discussion of the challenges those industries face in achieving more widespread use of their technologies.
Faculty Research Mentors
SALT participants will collaborate with experienced faculty research mentors to guide them through the research project. Descriptions of the projects are given after then contact form below. The mentors include:
- Daniel Crunkleton, Professor of Chemical Engineering
- Nagu Daraboina, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
- Parameswar Hari, Associate Professor of Physics
- Erin Iski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
- Tyler Johannes, Wellspring Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
- Gabriel LeBlanc, Wellspring Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Hema Ramsurn, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
- Javen Weston, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering.
Application deadline: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Notification of acceptance into the program: Monday, March 23, 2020
Dates to be on site at the University of Tulsa: May 26 – Aug. 1, 2020
Have Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
Apply using the following link: SALT Application Form
For more information on the SALT research experience, contact Dr. Laura Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by using the contact form below.
Funded through the National Science Foundation Grant No. 1852477 and 1852351
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