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2017 2018 CNF Annual Research Report Instructions


Please Submit One Report Per User or Small Group of Users (up to three users). Even if a project has been completed and or a user has graduated and left Cornell, a report is still expected. Large research groups should submit multiple reports.

A report template is at the bottom of this page of instructions.

Please name at least one specific CNF tool used for your research IN your report!


1] Each technical report must be sent in two "parts":
(a) The written report in a PDF file (template below...), and
(b) The figures as separate image files.
2] Email your report files to Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison by the deadline. [email] Please name the files: "YourProj#YourLastName" -- i.e. 12345Mallison.pdf, 12345MallisonFig1.jpg, etc.



:: Reports are Due Friday, June 15th ::

1) Written Report in PDF = 1000 WORDS Maximum
The written report is a concise description of the past year's technical accomplishments in up to, but no more than, 1000 words -- including reference text and captions! -- and using at least the "Abstract:" "Summary of Research:" and "References:" headings. Please name at least one CNF tool used for your research IN your report!  We will also ask for a list of the major CNF tools you used.

The word count does not include the summary report information requested below, but does include EVERYTHING else -- abstract, references, captions. We ask for the report in PDF because then symbols, sub-script and super-script are retained.

2) Graphics in JPEG (or PNG, TIF) = Four Maximum -- Only Four!
Photos or graphs are mandatory, and the more interesting, the better. The definition of 'graphic' includes device photos, formulas, graphs, and tables. Please do not 'cheat' and put more than one photo / graphic in a figure. -- i.e., putting six photos together to make up "Figure 1" means that they will all be too small to see. Please send up to FOUR (4) INDIVIDUAL photos or graphs!! (Inserts in a figure are probably fine, just don't overdo it!)


3) Put your project number first in all email subject lines

I.e. "YourProj# YourLastName's Technical Report" or just paste in the name of your document, 12345Mallison.pdf.

4) Start your report with the following summary report information
Please, no abbreviations! Just take a moment and spell out Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Science Foundation, etc.
Please do not combine the summary items! I.e., list email addresses separately as requested.


(1) CNF Report Title (Note: the REPORT title may be different from the PROJECT title):
(2) CNF Project Number:
(3) Principal Investigator (FULL name, not 'Jim'):
(4) User name(s) (FULL name, not 'Sue'):
(5) Affiliation (Department, University, Company, etc.):
(6) Primary Source of Research Funding:
(7) PI email address(es) [DO NOT combine with (3)!]:
(8) User email address(es) [DO NOT combine with (4)!]:
(9) Web Site URL (Optional):
(10) Report Category [choose only ONE]:
:: Biological Applications
:: Chemistry
:: Electronics
:: Materials
:: Mechanical Devices
:: Optics & Opto-Electronics
:: Physics & Nanostructure Physics
:: Process & Characterization
:: Societal & Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology
(11) Primary CNF Tools Used:
(12) Report Word Count:
(Word count excludes the SUMMARY PROJECT INFORMATION above, but includes abstract, references, and captions)

PLEASE NOTE: If you had an REU Intern over the previous summer, it may be appropriate to list them as a CNF user on the report. Please identify them as an REU intern.

5) Details on text rules; 1000 maximum, send as .pdf file

[1] Refrain from formatting. Please do not use columns. Avoid bold / styles / hypertext / indenting / tabs / etc. Keep it simple.

[2] Do not refer to the placement of a figure in your paper, 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 as possible to the text where they are mentioned.

[3] Send captions as TEXT at the end of the PDF document -- do not make them part of the photo. Captions should be as short as possible.

[4] Please name at least one specific CNF tool used for your research IN your report.

[5] When you mention a chemical or tool or process for the first time, it must be spelled out with the acronym in parenthesis. Scanning electron microscope (SEM), plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). It's good, proper writing! And it ensures that anyone anywhere reading your report will know what you are talking about. (Again, it only takes a moment for you to spell things out, but it takes me forever to correct the reports!)

6) Details on graph/photo rules; four graphics maximum in .jpg, .png, or .tif
[A] Name the files: "YourProject#YourLastNameFig1.jpg" -- 12345MallisonFig1.jpg. Do not include captions in the jpg file -- send the captions as TEXT in the PDF.

[B] Formulas count as graphics.

[C] Four graphics maximum. PLEASE 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 will be tolerated, but print them out at three inches wide and see if you can read them without a magnifying glass!)

[D] If you used Excel for your graphs, please send the original Excel file too.

All figures will be printed in greyscale. If your graph depends on color, or your caption refers to the color of a line, clarity will be lost! Adjust your graphs and figures accordingly.


  • CNF 2017-2018 Technical Reports are due June 15th
  • Submit One Report Per User or Small Group of Users
  • Use "YourProject#YourLastName.pdf" for the email subject line & report file name
  • 1000 Words Maximum, no formatting, in .pdf
  • Include ALL summary report information spelled out
  • FOUR Graphics Maximum
  • Please name at least one specific CNF tool used for your research!

Thank You !! Thank You !! Thank You !!

CNF Report Template,

REU Intern Final Report Template,

Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
CNF Public Relations & Publications Associate
250 Duffield Hall, CNF
Ithaca NY 14853-2700

Phone: 607-254-4858

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