Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Archaeological and Museum Conservation Science at the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute

Supported by NSF REU Sites Program


The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in conjunction with the National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Sites Program is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group.  The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is the center for specialized technical collections research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums, collections, and research centers.  MCI combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research and characterization of objects.

2013 REU Group

Dr. Eva Pell, SI Under Secretary for Science, with the 2013 REU Interns

Dr. Pell with 2012 REU Group

Dr. Eva Pell, SI Under Secretary for Science, and Dr. Robert Koestler, MCI Director, with the 2012 REU Interns and their advisors


This program is sponsored by NSF award #1156360 To see the NSF award summary page for MCI, please go to: