Energy Boost Scholars

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The purpose of Energy Boost Scholars (EBS) program is to engage SIU undergraduate students in faculty-mentored, hands-on research activities. Students explore their intended majors or areas of interest, develop relationships with faculty in their field, and gain valuable research and critical thinking skills. Contact or 618/453-7327 with questions. Students can submit applications as individuals or as a representative of an RSO.

This program is funded by ACERC's Energy Boost.

Use your imagination!

The award committee is looking for creative proposals that look to answer open questions or solve problems related to advanced coal and energy. Proposals can explore a specific scientific question, work towards an invention, or a local or global energy issue. Use this opportunity to showcase your creativity to your future employers or educators.

Important Details

(Subject to Change)

Submissions Due: December 2, 2016
Winners Announced:
 December 9, 2016
Project Period:
Spring Semester 2017
$500 upon completion and exposure of your work to a professional audience
Overview: This Program supports original student advanced coal and energy-related research and innovation and serves to
engage SIU students in faculty-mentored, hands-on research and innovation activities. 
Requirements: Projects selected are carried out during the 2017 spring semester. Students should work with a faculty mentor. Deliverables include a poster (or other appropriate presentation e.g. PowerPoint) at SIU Energy Day in April 2017, and the results of the project in the form of a research paper, prototype, etc. 
Questions? Call 618/453-7327 or email


  • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student (minimum 12 credit hours) of SIU Carbondale during project activities in the 2016-2017 academic year Spring semester. Students can submit as an individual or on behalf of an RSO, fraternity, sorority, etc., that they represent in the case of a team effort. The named applicant will be responsible for all project deliverables, and can be supported by team members at presentation time.
  • Have an interest in advanced coal and energy research and/or innovation inquiry.
  • Be committed to participate in project activities.

Student Benefits

  • Students can dig deeper into their passions and questions regarding advanced coal and energy research and innovation.
  • Increased awareness of academic opportunities available at SIU Carbondale.
  • Mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Informal social and academic support.
  • Professional and Academic enrichment activities.
  • Opportunity for $500 stipend at the end of spring semester after completing all Energy Boost Scholar requirements.
  • Experience in completing a project towards a specific goal and presenting results to a professional audience at SIU Energy Day.

Application Procedure

  1. Please fill out the Online Registration Form
  2. Complete your application by emailing the following information in document format to on or before December 2, 2016:
    • Project proposal written by the applicant. Include the following:
      • A statement briefly describing the advanced coal and energy research, education or innovation activity, project or idea;
      • A description of the deliverable to be produced from the project in addition to the poster presentation, i.e. research paper, prototype, etc.
      • the applicant's academic background and work/extracurricular activities supporting the student is prepared to carry out this project;
      • the applicant's planned course of study at SIUC;
      • the names and departments of the faculty members the student has communicated with to discuss the faculty being the student's mentor for the project. 
      • (Microsoft Word document, 500 word limit, single spaced, 1" margins, 12 pt Times New Roman font. Applicant's first and last names and email address are to be in the top right corner of each page.)
    • Letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your academic success and potential, e.g., current faculty member, high school teacher, guidance counselor, pastor, etc.
    • Copy of most recent high school transcript or college transcript (unofficial transcripts acceptable).

Spring 2016 Energy Boost Scholars Announced

The first Energy Boost FY 16 Scholars winners have been announced. 

John Lindt
Freshman, Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: Professor David Lightfoot, College of Agricultural Sciences
Project Title: Production of a Strain of Soybean for Efficient Extraction of Rare Earth Elements from Coal Byproduct

Kelby Rogers
Senior, Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor James Mathias, College of Engineering
Project Title: Structural Analysis and Energy Calculations for a Green Roof on the SIU Recreational Center