|Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF)|
Center for Transportation, Environment & Community Health (CTECH)
Keeping the Ezra Promise (KEP)
Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM)
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs
2018 CNF & PARADIM REU PROGRAMS
PROGRAM DATES: June 5th - August 10th, 2018
ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern)
ONLINE RECOMMENDATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern)
ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS DEADLINE: Thursday, February 22, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Eastern)
AWARD PROCESS BEGINS: Monday, March 5, 2018 (via Email)
During the summer of 2018, Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF) and Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM) will sponsor Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs from June through August. Engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on nanotechnology are eligible to apply (please find restrictions and eligibility requirements online). Please note we have very specific goals of doing our best to hire underrepresented minorities, women, and undergraduates who have no previous research experience (although, not to the exclusion of well-represented undergraduates as is evident from looking at photographs from any of our REU programs).
The chosen undergraduates taking part in this ten-week program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research, with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences. The research projects are designed and supervised by the faculty and technical staff at CNF and PARADIM using the unique resources offered. A Nano-Convocation is held in August to allow interns the opportunity to present their work to their peers in a concise scientific presentation. Interns also must complete a written report, akin to a research paper, summarizing the findings of their research project. These reports are published and distributed to the interns and sites, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and many others.
Participants receive a $5,000 stipend, plus housing and reasonable travel expenses. Full participation in the ten-week program, convocation and final reporting is mandatory.
A complete application (http://www.reu.nnin.org/) includes:
The online application (profile, research preferences, registration of recommenders, etc.), relevant college coursework in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering, a personal essay and resume, and two Letters of Recommendation. The online application deadline is Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern).
All three of the summer internship programs listed above -- CNF, KEP and PARADIM -- work together over the summer to create a cohesive and successful research experience for all our interns. The 2018 program dates are Tuesday, June 5th - Friday, August 10th (with interns arriving in Ithaca on June 2nd and departing on August 11th). There will be many shared activities including lunches and dinners, presentations and posters, and the Nano-Convocation. Finally, each intern writes a two-page report that is due before interns depart from Ithaca.
Each of the programs has specifics to their research and intern benefits/expectations that are slightly different from the other two programs, but the overall calendar is shared! See below for a few of those program specifics.
CNF REU Program
The Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility for Undergraduates (CNF REU) Program is designed to give undergraduate students an introductory research experience in nanotechnology. In 2018, we will hire five students who will be hosted by a Cornell faculty member. Each student will work on an independent research project using the advanced resources available at CNF and Cornell. Interns will take advantage of our training processes to quickly become proficient in advanced laboratory practices. Projects are scaled to be challenging yet achievable within the program's ten-week time frame. All together, the program offers an excellent ten week introduction to nanotechnology and a preview of a scientific research career. As an added bonus, the CNF REU take part in a three-day convocation with interns from the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) sites for presentations, posters and a little bit of fun. CNF REU interns receive a $5,000 stipend and housing, and all reasonable travel expenses are paid for directly or reimbursed. We also cover the costs of all our interns' CNF lab use and some research materials (cleanroom notebook, safety glasses, etc.). While we do not provide a meal plan, a great deal of free food is regularly available!
Center for Transportation, Environment and Community Health (CTECH) REU Program
The CTECH REU Program is a new addition to the CNF REU hosted programs. The Center for Transportation, Environment and Community Health has hired an intern who will be taking part in almost all the CNF REU Program events over over the summer, while doing her research for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Keeping the Ezra Promise (KEP) REU Program
The KEP REU Program is a new summer internship program designed to make STEM more inclusive at Cornell University. The program is directed by Profs. Susan Daniel and Paulette Clancy, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University. While the KEP REU hiring process and specific benefits are different from CNF / PARADIM*, the KEP REU Program is being "adopted" by the CNF REU Program! The three KEP REU interns will follow the same basic schedule, summer calendar, and intern expectations as the CNF REU interns. Once the 2018 KEP REU interns are hired by Profs. Susan Daniel and Paulette Clancy, Melanie-Claire will be in touch to plan our summer together! (* If you receive an internship offer from KEP REU, the letter you receive will outline the specifics of stipend, travel and housing. Be sure to read carefully and respond in a timely manner to your offer!)
PARADIM REU Program
The Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM) REU Program is designed to give undergraduate students an introductory research experience in the growth or structural/electrical characterization of thin films of transition metal oxides or chalcohenides currently being researched as next generation electronic materials. In 2018, we will hire six PARADIM REU interns, who will work on an independent research project using the advanced resources available in PARADIM faculty labs and CCMR facilities. Projects are scaled to be challenging yet achievable within the programís ten-week time frame. More information can be found at http://paradim.cornell.edu/education/reu-program/
"If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn't call it research." Albert Einstein
Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
CNF & KEP REU Program Coordinator
CNF & PARADIM Program Application Coordinator
Office: 350 Duffield Hall
Mailing Address:Cornell Summer REU Programs Promotional Video
250 Duffield Hall
343 Campus Road
Ithaca NY 14853-2700
CNF Office: 607-255-2329
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