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2016 Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility
Research Experience for Undergraduates (CNF REU) Program

Welcome to our program!

  • Please read these expectations carefully and keep them close by for the summer.
  • Also! We are partnering with the PARADIM REU Program, so many items on the schedule will be for both CNF and PARADIM interns.  Please support each other in getting to events on time!



  • Work with Melanie-Claire (MC) and Rebecca on site and travel information, etc. CNF will arrange and pay for your travel.
  • Contact your Principal Investigator and/or Mentor (PI/M) to learn about your research project;
  • Get any advance reading materials that might be helpful to understanding your project.
  • Submit your First Assignment to Melanie-Claire by Monday, May 23rd.
  • Attend the CNF REU Program!  Orientation Day is Tuesday, June 7th.
  • Research! This internship must be your only work focus during the ten-week period.
  • Attend research group meetings, trainings and check-ins, etc., as requested. Take photographs! Email them to MC!
  • It is CRITICAL that you learn how to save SEM and AFM images at the HIGHEST DPI / CONTRAST possible! ASK YOUR MENTOR HOW NOW!!
  • Stop by and chat with Melanie-Claire weekly.
  • Research! Take photographs of you and your fellow interns working in the lab! Email them to MC.
  • Attend any tours or special events set up as part of the program. Take photographs!
  • Begin preparing your convocation presentation and final report! Ask your PI/M – what have we done so far that I should report on?  If you create one PowerPoint slide and summary paragraph each week, you’ll have your presentation and poster done by August, and have a solid outline for your final report.
  • Remember – gather good, high resolution SEM and AFM images.
  • Stop by and chat with Melanie-Claire weekly.
  • Work towards finishing up your research. Take photographs! Email them to MC!
  • Put the final touches on your presentation for the nano-convocation. Be sure to practice!
  • Work on your FINAL REPORT with your PI and Mentors.
  • Attend the CNF REU Nano-Convocation on Thursday, August 11th.  Dress professionally please!
  • Submit your FINAL REPORT by Friday, August 12th.
  • Everyone departs on Saturday, August 13th.


CNF REU Program Coordinator: Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison, 607-254-4858, [email]


PLEASE NOTE: If at any time during the CNF REU Program, your PI and your CNF Site Director and/or REU Program Coordinator determine that you are not living up to these expectations, the CNF reserves the right to terminate your award. You will not be required to reimburse the CNF for any expenses, but [1] you will not collect any unpaid stipend, [2] your travel and housing arrangements will be terminated, and [3] you will be sent home at your own expense.


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