Due Wednesday, September 4th!
FINAL REPORT INSTRUCTIONS:
!!! THERE IS A 975 WORDS MAXIMUM !!! (The word count does NOT include the summary report info, but DOES include everything else -- abstract, references, captions.)
!!! THERE IS A FOUR GRAPHICS MAXIMUM !!! (The term "graphic" includes photos, graphs, tables, and equations/formulas.)
PUT YOUR LAST NAME FIRST IN ALL EMAIL SUBJECT LINES, i.e. "Yourlastname / Final REU Report" or just paste in the name of your document, YourlastnameYourREUsite.pdf
NNIN REU SITE THREE-LETTER ABBREVIATIONS:
If you were in the iREG or iREU program, use "iREG" or "iREU" for your site abbreviation.
1) YOUR REPORT HAS TWO "PARTS": 1] THE WRITTEN REPORT AND 2] THE FIGURES.
Send your written report as a PDF file named "YourlastnameYourREUsite.pdf" I.E. MallisonCNF.pdf. Sending a PDF file means that your italicized words, symbols and sub/super scripts remain intact. If you cannot create a PDF, send the report as a properly named Word file (.doc or .docx) and be sure to accept all edits before you send it. Send your figures as separate JPEG files named "YourlastnameYourREUsiteFig1.jpg" etc. I.E. MallisonCNFfig1.jpg. NOTE: Figure captions must be included at the end of your written report, not in the JPEG!
2) START YOUR REPORT with the FOLLOWING SUMMARY INFORMATION:
Please, NO ABBREVIATIONS in the summary info. Please spell out Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, etc. It only takes you a moment to do this, but it takes me HOURS if you don't! So take pity on me, and spell things out. Thank you!
Please do not combine or forget any of these items! For instance, email addresses must be listed separately as requested. As I say above, it only takes you moments to write eight separate lines of information -- it takes me HOURS to separate them all out, if you don't.
1. NNIN REU Report Title: (Note that this may be different from your original project title)
NNIN REU Intern (Full Name):
3. NNIN REU Intern's Major, Home Institution (at the time you were hired into the program):
4. NNIN REU Principal Investigator(s), Dept, Institution:
5. NNIN REU Mentor(s) Dept, Institution:
6. Email Addresses for Intern, Principal Investigator, & Mentor:
7. NNIN REU Intern's Fall Semester Street Address so I can mail the research accomplishments to you: (This is NOT published of course!)
8. REPORT WORD COUNT (excluding summary info and including abstract, references, captions):
9. Report Category [please choose only ONE and delete the rest]
f. Mechanical Devices
g. Optics & Opto-Electronics
h. Physics & Nanostructure Physics
i. Process & Characterization
j. Societal & Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology
IMPORTANT! If your PI or mentor is a previous NNIN (or NNUN) intern, please list their year and internship site after their name -- i.e., Melanie-Claire Mallison (1997 NNUN REU at Cornell), etc...
3) TYPICAL REPORT SECTIONS INCLUDE:
Abstract:, Introduction:, Experimental Procedure:, Results and Conclusions:, Future Work:, Acknowledgments: (See  below), References: (No footnotes please, only references!!) (See  below)
4) TEXT RULES - 975 MAXIMUM: SEND AS PDF FILE
Obviously, if your report ends up to be 980 words, just send it. Don't try to figure out which five words to cut.
A. NO abbreviations the first time! Spell out scanning electron microscopy (SEM), gallium nitride (GaN), deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), etc, the first time you use them. Then use the acronyms for the rest of the report. Think about your parent or advisor reading the report and ask yourself -- are they going to have any idea what all the acronyms and jargon mean?!? This is most especially important when you are writing about a little-known process. I mean, even I rarely spell out nanometer, since "nm" is everywhere! But not everyone is going to know what GRIN stands for or NSSP. So spell out gradient refractive index (GRIN) or nanostructured semipolar (NSSP) and then your audience stays with you!
B. All research is a team effort, so it is inappropriate to say "I" "my" in your report -- except perhaps in your acknowledgments.
C. Since you are reporting on research that has been completed, the report must be in the past tense -- was and were -- except if you have a "Future Work" section, of course.
D. For your written report, "@" is not a word -- "at" is a word! Also, "&" is not a word -- "and" is a word! No IM abbreviations either!
E. "Utilize" is grossly over-utilized and it is really alright to use "use" or break out of the pack and use "employ"!! "We employed photolithography methods to .... "
F. "A" and "the" and commas are your friends, and do not need to be left out. If an "a" or "the" puts you over the 975 word limit, throw caution to the wind and include the "the."
G. It is proper English writing to spell out numbers ten and under, except in figure numbers and measurements. So -- you perform a process for six hours on six wafers to grow 6 microns of oxide, shown in Figure 1 (made up process!). I know -- few researchers do this properly, but they should serve as a bad example, not a good one! So spell out the five in -- We repeated our process five times. Also! When referencing .x of something (like .9 microns), always put a zero first -- 0.9 microns. Finally, it is improper to start a sentence with a number -- 1 micron of oxide was.... Sentences start with words -- One micron of oxide was...
H. Reference numbers should be bracketed --  -- as opposed to superscripted. I'm sure that if you think about it, you can imagine the possibilities for confusion in a research paper where many items already include superscripted numbers -- such as 10 J/cm2 1. To clearly differentiate between actual superscripts and references, put reference numbers in brackets -- 10 J/cm2 . ALSO! Do not use the bracket as a word -- e.g., "We proceeded to etch per ." "" is not a word! Instead say, "We proceeded to etch per Mallison ."
I. References MUST include the first author (at least), publication title, journal name, volume #, issue #, page #s, and publication year. If you need to lower your overall word count, you can delete the publication title, but leave all the rest! BTW, "et al." is NOT italicized. It is properly written "et al." Note the period after "al."
NOW THE TEXT RULES!!
 Refrain from formatting! DO NOT USE COLUMNS! Avoid bold, styles, hypertext, indenting, tabs, etc. Place an empty paragraph between paragraphs of text, for instance, instead of indenting. KEEP IT SIMPLE.
 Do not refer to the placement of a figure in your paper or caption, i.e. "In Figure 3 below, we see..." Just say, "In Figure 3, we see..." The actual page layout I use may not allow figures to be placed where you would like them to be, however I will try to put them as close to the text where they are mentioned. So mention the figure, just not where to find it.
 Send captions at the end of your report as TEXT in the report Word document (which you will then send to me as a PDF) -- do not make captions part of the photo files. Captions should be short, ~ 10-20 words each. Critical information on the figure should be in the report, and therefore does not need to be repeated in the caption.
 For your "Acknowledgements:" typically, researchers thank their PI, mentor, research group members and site coordinators / staff for their assistance, and both the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (or iREG or iREU) and the National Science Foundation for funding. Of course, you can thank whomever you want, but I will go thru all reports and make sure that the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Research Experience for Undergraduates Program is thanked! (Or iREG or iREU)
 In general, references should read: Author Last Name, First Initial; "Title"; Journal, Volume, Pages (Year). Also, the first reference you refer to should be , and the second reference you refer to should be . This seems obvious, but I often get papers where the very first time there is a reference, it is , which will make the reader think they've missed a reference somewhere. So put the reference numbers in order,  first.
 Similarly, graphics should start with Figure 1 and travel numerically thru to Figure 4!
5) GRAPH/PHOTO RULES - FOUR GRAPHICS MAXIMUM: SEND AS JPEG FILES
Remember from the REU Intern Expectations:
 It is great practice to figure out NOW how to deal with jpeg files, gathering and storing the original SEMs, AFMs, etc, you'll take over the summer. You may need to learn how to use Photoshop, for resolution and contrast corrections. And just about every program out there has a "Save As" option that includes jpeg. As you continue in research, learning to work with AFMs, SEMs and Photoshop will stand you in good stead forever!
 Send your four figures to me as jpegs. Name the files: "YourlastnameYourREUSiteFig1.jpg" etc.
 Please keep in mind that formulas count as graphics. Send them as jpegs also!
 Four graphics maximum. DO NOT put six photos in a figure and call that one graphic. By the time such an item is resized for the book, it is almost completely incomprehensible. ONE graphic per figure! (Process outlines and small inserts may work in one graphic, but print them out at three inches wide and see if you can read them without a magnifying glass!)
 Send your images any resolution, width or height you want (but try to keep the file under 1MB). I'll resize them to fit the formatting requirements of the book. Better to send me a 400 DPI image than a 200 DPI image!
 If you used Excel for your graphs, PLEASE send the original Excel file, instead of the jpeg. All text in graphs should be LARGE (at least 18 point) and BOLD, and lines should be THICK (at least 2 pt). Similarly, if you used PowerPoint to create your graphic, then please send me the original PowerPoint file. These can be obscenely large files, so save the pertinent slide(s) ONLY, and send them named "YourlastnameYourREUSiteFigures.ppt"
 Just so you know -- All graphs and photos will be printed in greyscale. So if color is critical to the understanding of your diagram, I'm sorry -- but it won't be understood! Rework graphs to include markers on the lines. If you refer to colors in your graph description / caption, refer to the marker instead.
Finally, a Few Words on "Principal"
Principal: 1 : most important, consequential, or influential : chief (the principal ingredient) or (the region's principal city)
BUT MOST IMPORTANT -- Principal Investigator, as named and defined by the National Science Foundation!
So you worked for a Principal Investigator (the number one person in your research group, and likely funded by
NSF) -- NOT a principle investigator (a person with scruples). I mean,
your PI may have scruples too, but that is not their title apropos of
the final report!
FINAL REPORT TEMPLATE! in .DOCFINAL REPORTS ARE DUE TO YOUR PI, SITE COORDINATOR,
AND MELANIE-CLAIRE BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2013.
NNIN REU Program Assistant
250 Duffield Hall, CNF, Ithaca NY 14853-2700
PS: Once the 2013 NNIN REU Research Accomplishments are complete, here is how you cite the publication for graduate school applications and etc:
return to 2013 nnin reu
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ECCS-1542081. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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