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Summer Internships in Nanotechnology

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Hands-on research infuses the traditional undergraduate curriculum with excitement. Through its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program, the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University provides students with a glimpse into the life of a scientific researcher as well as opportunities to meet and work with world-renowned scientists.

Under the leadership of Professor Emily Weiss, the REU is held for a nine-week period each summer. Participants engage in full-time research on a nanotechnology-related topic. They attend regular group meetings, which give them opportunities to share their progress and gain a broad overview on a wide array of scientific projects. Additional activities include tours of Northwestern facilities and laboratories, special lectures, a field trip, technical writing workshops, a public speaking seminar, and a summer picnic.

At the end of the summer, each student completes a substantive research paper that may be submitted for publication in "Nanoscape" -the first undergraduate journal of nanotechnology in the country. If accepted for publication in "Nanoscape," students also participate in the peer-review process. Each REU participant receives round-trip airfare, housing in Northwestern dormitories, and a stipend of $4,500.

Eligibility and Application Process

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. Participants are selected based upon academic achievement and scientific interests. Efforts are also made to include students from smaller schools where research equipment and opportunities might not be available and to encourage participation by young women and minorities.

Application Deadline: 2/11/2019
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Program Dates: 6/24/2019 - 8/23/2019

Participating Institution(s):
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Northwestern University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Nanomaterials Science & Engineering
Nanoscale Devices

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Institute of Health (NIH)

Page last updated 11/28/2018
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