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Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility
Research Experience for Undergraduates
(CNF REU) Program

Dear Students:

Thank you for your interest in our summer internship program!

In 2016, the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF) will hire FIVE undergraduate students to intern in our cleanroom and labs for ten weeks over the summer. The CNF excels at training its REU interns to perform their own research -- with a three-part New User Training, a 3.5 day short course intensive, appropriate tool trainings, and most important, matching the intern to a mentor, typically a graduate student, already well versed in the necessary tools and processes -- in order to attain our common goal of a successful project. Below, please find information on our restrictions, application components*, and program deadlines. We also have a thorough "Advices and FAQs" page.

We especially encourage underrepresented minorities or ethnicities, women, and students from small colleges or students with no prior research experience to apply!

CNF REU Program Summary:

The Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility for Undergraduates (CNF REU) Program is designed to give undergraduate students an introductory research experience in nanotechnology. In 2016, 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.

Our program runs Tuesday, June 7th - Friday, August 12th, with interns arriving in Ithaca on June 5th and departing on August 13th. The program culminates with the CNF REU Convocation. Finally, each intern writes a two-page report that is published as part of the CNF Research Accomplishments. Reports are due before interns depart. All together, the program offers an excellent ten week introduction to nanotechnology and a preview of a scientific research career.

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 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.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
CNF REU Program Coordinator


* PLEASE NOTE; While our application and URL closely follow the application process of the now defunct NNIN, the application is ONLY for our program at Cornell University, and not for any other sites part of the new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), of which CNF is a member. The NNCI is not yet ready for a network-wide REU program. ALSO! Ms. Mallison will be on Winter Break from Thursday, December 24th through Monday, January 4th. She'll return your calls and emails upon her return in the New Year!


Restrictions and Eligibility Requirements for CNF REU Interns:

First and foremost, you must be an undergraduate student attending a two-year or four-year accredited college, having completed at least your first year before participating in our program (you may be a freshman when you apply). CORNELL STUDENTS, high school students and recent high school graduates are NOT eligible.

1] If you participated in an NNIN REU Program in the past, you are not eligible for this program,
2] You must be a U.S.A. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States,
3] You must be 18 years of age or older by May 31st,
4] You must have valid health insurance coverage for the summer,
5] You must not be graduating before the end of the program in August, and
6] You must not already have a four-year degree of any kind.

(See more details below...)

2016 CNF REU Application Deadlines

  • Online applications must be submitted by Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern).
  • Recommendations much be uploaded by Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern).
  • All application components must be received by the final deadline of Thursday, February 25, 2016.

2016 CNF REU Program Dates

  • First Offers emailed out on Monday, March 7th.
  • Program runs Tuesday, June 7th, thru Friday, August 12th.
  • Final Reports Due Friday, August 12th.
  • Everyone heads home on Saturday the 13th.

CNF REU Application Requirements

Your completed application includes: 1. The online account and application information.

2. A Personal Essay. Your personal essay is critical to our selection process. It is through your words that we ascertain your 'fit' with our program. Please submit a well-written essay, 1-2 pages long, in which you discuss the relationship between your present studies and a career in engineering or scientific research. As preparation, you may wish to discuss your career interests with one or more professors, and include any insights you gain from these discussions, and any other sources, which explain how this program might help you prepare for your future. Be sure to discuss any research field you are most interested in. If you do not believe your grades reflect your potential, please explain them in this essay.

3. A One-Page Resume. This resume should focus on your scientific achievements and activities. Note any honors and awards that you have received that are relevant, as well as any prior research experience.

4. ONE Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member who knows you well and can comment with authority on your research potential. OR, if you can identify a person better qualified to evaluate your abilities, i.e., a graduate student TA, a co-op adviser or industry mentor, etc., please feel free to have that person write your recommendation. When you fill out your online application, you will enter the name and email address for your recommender. They then upload their recommendation online, following the instructions within the email they will receive from us. Please let your intended recommender know BEFORE you apply that they will be receiving an auto-email from us (especially if they have a gmail address!).

5. Your Relevant Engineering and Scientific (etc.) Coursework, including your grades and the number of credits you received for each course.

6. If you are a citizen of another country AND a Permanent Resident of the USA, you must submit a copy of your Green Card (both sides). (If you are a citizen of another country and you ARE NOT a Permanent Resident, you are not eligible for our program! Sorry!)

PLEASE NOTE: If and when you accept a CNF REU internship offer, you will be required to submit an official transcript to us, before your official award letter can be sent to you. Your internship award is contingent on your declared coursework matching the coursework in your transcript, so the sooner we receive the document, the sooner your internship will be secured!

CNF REU Applicant Restrictions, Details

Our restrictions are self-explanatory, but here are a few details:
  • All CNF REU Interns must be undergraduate students who have completed at least their freshman year in college: An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree.
  • Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate.
  • Students who are taking college courses as part of an honors high school program are NOT eligible.
  • You are NOT eligible to participate if; [A] you are a student at Cornell University or will be transferring into Cornell, [B] you are not a USA Citizen OR do not have a GREEN CARD, [C] you have already received a 4-year baccalaureate degree of any kind or will receive your 4-year degree before the end of the program in August 2016. (If you are graduating before August 2016, we encourage you to look at the National Science Foundation web site, nsf.gov, to see what they have to offer in the way of internships and fellowships for recent graduates.)

CNF REU Application Notes

  • PLEASE read these Advices and FAQs first! 
  • You should receive at least two automatic emails as you prepare your application online.
  • You will also receive at least two personal emails from the CNF REU Program Coordinator, Ms. Mallison -- [1] when your application arrives, and [2] when it is complete. If you do not receive the auto-emails and or do not hear from Ms. Mallison, something is wrong!! Email her to find out what it is!
  • If the online application won't work for you, email your complete street address to Ms. Mallison and she will mail you a paper copy.

Good luck! And again, thank you for your interest in our program.

"If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn't call it research." Albert Einstein

Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
CNF REU Program Coordinator
Office: 350 Duffield Hall
Mailing Address:
250 Duffield Hall
343 Campus Road
Ithaca NY 14853-2700

Direct: 607-254-4858
CNF Office: 607-255-2329





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