Active hands-on research infuses
the traditional undergraduate curriculum with excitement.
These experiences provide a glimpse into the life of a scientific
researcher and opportunities to meet and work with world-renowned
scientists. The center offers the Research Experience for
Undergraduates (REU) program, under the leadership of Professor
Mark Hersam, each summer.
The REU program is held for a 9-week period over
the summer. Participants engage in full-time research on a
nanotechnology-related topic. Regular group meetings give
students opportunities to share their progress along the way,
and gain a broad overview of a wide array of scientific projects.
Additional activities include special lectures, field trips,
a public speaking seminar, technical writing workshops, summer
picnic, and tours of facilities and laboratories.
At the end of the summer, each participant completes a substantive
research paper which is submitted for publication in Nanoscape
- the first undergraduate journal of nanotechnology in the
country and participate in the peer-review process.
A closing symposium completes the experience.
Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents,
majoring in the physical sciences or engineering, with at least
one year left to complete their degree. Applicants are selected
based upon academic achievements and scientific interests. Efforts
are also made to offer these opportunties to students from smaller
schools where research equipment and opportunities might not
be available, and to encourage participation by young women
and minorities. You may download an application by clicking
on the link below, email a request to email@example.com,
or call 847/467-4862.
June 23 - August 22, 2008
Deadline for Application - February 15.
Stipend - $4,000
Program also includes round-trip airfare and housing in Northwestern dormitories.