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Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute EXceptional Opportunities Program (
Keeping the Ezra Promise (KEP)
Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs

The four summer internship programs listed above -- CNF, HHMI EXROP, KEP and PARADIM -- work together over the summer to create a cohesive and successful research experience for all our interns. The 2017 dates are Tuesday, June 6th - Friday, August 11th (
with interns arriving in Ithaca on June 3rd and departing on August 12th). There will be many shared activities including lunches and dinners, presentations and posters, and we culminate with a 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.



The Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility for Undergraduates (CNF REU) Program is designed to give undergraduate students an introductory research experience in nanotechnology. In 2017, 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, this year the CNF REU will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, for a network-wide convocation at Georgia Tech, August 6-8. We will meet up with REUs from other 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 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!


The Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM) REU Program information can be found at http://paradim.cornell.edu/education/reu-program/


The 2017 CNF & PARADIM REU Program Application is now CLOSED!

Monday, March 6, 2017 (via Email)


Howard Hughes Medical Institute EXceptional Opportunities Program (HHMI EXROP)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) EXceptional Opportunities Program (EXROP) matches bright and motivated undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds and from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences into the labs of HHMI-supported scientists for summer-long research experiences. We typically match 60-80 HHMI EXROP students into the labs of our HHMI-supported scientists throughout the country and work with various local summer research programs at the various research institutions, so that our students can receive the additional support outside of the lab provided by experienced research summer programs. HHMI pays for all costs related to incorporating our EXROP students into the CNF REU program. HHMI EXROP students fully participate in all CNF REU summer program activities. HHMI also arranges for and pays for all of our EXROP students travel costs to and from their summer program and provide a summer award in the amount of $5,000 directly to each student.


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! KEP REU interns will follow the same basic schedule, summer calendar, and intern expectations as the CNF REU interns. Once the 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!)


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

Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
CNF, HHMI EXROP, & KEP REU Program Coordinator
CNF & PARADIM Program Application 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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