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CNF & PARADIM REU Programs Application

Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF)
Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM)
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), CNF and PARADIM



The 2017 CNF & PARADIM REU Programs
June 6th - August 11th, 2017
CNF REUPARADIM REU


ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern)

ONLINE RECOMMENDATION DEADLINE:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern)

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS DEADLINE:
Thursday, February 25, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Eastern)

AWARD PROCESS BEGINS:
Monday, March 6, 2017 (via Email)


 
2017 CNF & PARADIM REU Application Advice, Warnings, and Answers
Offered by Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison

FULL PROGRAM INFORMATION
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Dear CNF & PARADIM REU Applicants:

I am happy to answer questions as they arise, but things will go much smoother for everyone if you consider the following Advice, Warnings, and Answers before you ask a question. Please read on before emailing me! Thank you.

Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
CNF REU Program Coordinator
Program Application Coordinator
[email]


FIRST, REMINDERS:

Interns receive a $5,000 stipend, plus housing and all reasonable travel expenses. Full participation in the ten-week program, convocation and final reporting is mandatory.

Restrictions and Eligibility Requirements for CNF & PARADIM REU Interns:

1] Cornell University students are not eligible to apply.
2] If you have already participated in a CNF, NNUN / NNIN or PARADIM REU Program, you are NOT eligible to participate again.
3] You must be a U.S.A. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
4] You must be 18 years of age or older by May 31st.
5] You must be a sophomore or higher (First Year Students are NOT eligible for these programs), but you must not be graduating before the end of the program in August.
6] You must have valid health insurance coverage for the summer.
7] You must not have already earned a four-year degree of any kind.

 


CNF & PARADIM REU Application Advice

If you are having any trouble accessing your application online, try one of these tricks:

  • Access your application from FireFox. Applicants report the most success via FireFox!
  • Try shutting it all down -- log out, quit your browser, shut down your computer and start fresh. As you know, computers get into a funk sometimes and then a complete rest is advised. (And we have no idea how the application behaves on smart phones!)
  • Try accessing your application from a different computer altogether.
  • Give any file you are uploading a very simple name -- essay.doc, or dot whatever. Long file names with lots of spaces tend to jam our system!

Please note the following advice for filling out your account information and application form:

  • Please capitalize proper names correctly -- Your Name, Your Street and City.
  • If your preferred first name is not your given name, please fill out "Preferred First Name" -- especially if you would rather be called something completely other than your given name. Please do not enter your "nickname" as your "First Name" -- this will cause confusion when we receive materials with your given name. Finally, please enter your complete last name, including all surnames. This is especially critical for UPR students.
  • If your college is not listed in the drop-down menu, spell out your college's name. Acronyms are not always understood. For instance -- does "CU" stand for Cameron University, Columbia University, or Cornell University...?
  • The same goes for your Field of Study -- please spell it out completely and correctly. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, etc.
  • The Faculty/Academic Advisor is usually someone in your department who helps you decide what courses to take, in what order, to fulfill your major's requirements. It is often the person an applicant will also ask to write a recommendation, but not always. Neglecting to fill out this item correctly, including your advisor's email address, will disqualify you from our program.
  • Open your online version of your transcript when it comes time to enter your coursework into our application. Typically you can then “copy and paste” back and forth between the two sites, which will make the job much more easy and accurate. Discrepancies between the information you enter and your official transcript (should we ask you for one) will disqualify you from our program.
  • Put your full name as a footer on every page of your essay. DO NOT include your SS#!
  • Before submitting your essay, take advantage of your college's writing assistance program or career office where they often offer typing and proofing reading services.
  • Please send or respond to any emails with YOUR FULL NAME within the body of your email.


Thank you for taking the time to fill out and submit your application fully and accurately.



Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

MOST IMPORTANT: Your complete application includes the following FIVE components:
1. Your online profile account. You will first create an account, and then log into that account to complete steps 2-4.
2. Your completed application form, which includes your relevant coursework and your research preferences.
3. Your one-page resume.
4. Your personal essay.
5. Two recommendation letters.


[A] We do not require an official transcript as part of your application. If you are accepted, we will supply instructions for getting an official transcript to us expediently. Your internship award will be contingent on your declared coursework matching the coursework in your official transcript.

[B] Application Materials: We log and file all the materials we receive -- whether or not we know we are going to receive them and whether or not we have an application to which to attach them. We hang onto all materials until well after the application deadline. We will let you know as soon as possible if your application is not complete. Please refrain from emailing to ask!

[C] Application Submission: You MUST upload your essay as the final step to submit your application, and you MUST upload your essay by the ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE. If no essay is uploaded by the ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE, then your application does not exist and ergo, will not be included in the award process.

[D] Application Confirmation & Completion: Once we receive your online application components, I will send you a confirmation email and let you know whether or not I have your required recommendations. One week before the FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE,
I will email the students whose application is incomplete to apprise them of still missing recommendation(s). Again, please refrain from emailing to ask! I will definitely let you know.

[E] 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. The formatting of your ESSAY is, in fact, ENTIRELY up to you, but we do have a few suggestions! Try using Times, font size 12, one inch margin all around, TWO pages maximum. Single space is fine as long as you use a SIZE 12 font! Any size smaller is too hard to read when one is reading hundreds of essays! CRITICAL: Put your FULL NAME as a footer on every page, along with the page number. Finally, do NOT include your social security number anywhere in your essay or any other document. It is illegal for us to distribute SS#s!

[F] 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. Put your FULL NAME at the top of your ONE-PAGE resume. Since your resume must be ONE PAGE, stay on topic! If you upload a resume with more than one page, understand that anything beyond the first page will NOT be included in your application. As an aside here, if possible, PDF your resume and upload the PDF. The often intricate formatting of resumes is sometimes lost when uploaded as a Word document. Finally, please do NOT include your social security number anywhere in your resume.

[G] OOPS! You uploaded the wrong file! If you uploaded the wrong essay or resume, just email the correct document directly to me as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf, whatever works best for you. SEE THE CAVEATS BELOW! Please name the file "YourLastNameCorrectEssay" and/or "YourLastNameCorrectResume." In the body of the email, note that this new document replaces any previous documents we may have received and sign your full name. I will trash the old document and include the new one.

WARNING #1: This is not an invitation to upload any old document and then email the correct document later! Be cautious and upload the correct document the first time around.

WARNING #2: As we get closer to the application deadline, we may NOT have time to switch out documents. Again, be cautious and upload the correct document the first time around.

[H] Permanent Residents: If you are a citizen of another country AND a Permanent Resident of the United States, your application must include a copy of your Green Card, BOTH SIDES. Email that directly to me, as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf, and name the file "YourLastNameGreenCard" -- you may also snail mail or fax it to me. Whatever works best for you. We will black out your resident number and will not send it on to anyone. (If you are NOT a citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States, then we are sorry to say that you are not eligible for our program.)

[I] If you need to start the program late or leave early, you MUST put a note in your essay clearly stating that you have a schedule conflict with our program dates, and then we can figure out if it's possible to work around that conflict. It is not an instant death-knell to your application! But if we make you an offer and you admit THEN that you can't make the beginning or end of the program, you may very well be disqualified just for that omission alone. So tell us, up front, in your essay, if you have a scheduling conflict.

[J] Project Summaries: We do not have the upcoming summer's project information for you to peruse ahead of time. Students are selected for particular projects by the project leader based primarily upon THEIR needs and THEN, the applicant's research preferences (as rated on your application) and experience (as reflected in your essay).

[K] First year college students, high school students and recent high school graduates are not eligible.



Hints for Successful Online Recommendations

ONLINE RECOMMENDER HINT #1: Talk to your intended recommenders BEFORE registering them online! Let them know to be looking for the auto-email from "CNF REU Admissions <do-not-reply@cornell.edu>" with the secure link for THEM to upload their recommendation letter.

ONLINE RECOMMENDER HINT #2: If you are having trouble getting our online system to accept your recommender's email address and / or they have not received the auto-email from "CNF REU Admissions <do-not-reply@nnin.org>" -- go low tech and have them email their recommendation letter to me directly. PLEASE ask them to name the file with YOUR LAST NAME first. Thank you.

ONLINE RECOMMENDER HINT #3: Once you have registered your recommenders and submitted your application form, a different recommender cannot be added online. If you need to change a recommender, have the new recommender simply email their recommendation letter to me directly. PLEASE ask them to name the file with YOUR LAST NAME first. Thank you.

BTW! The reason we prefer that recommendations be uploaded online is because they are then automatically properly logged into our application system. Receiving an emailed rec adds extra steps to the process.



MORE REMINDERS:


The 2017 CNF & PARADIM REU Programs
CNFPARADIMReturn to APP

ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern)

ONLINE RECOMMENDATION DEADLINE:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern)

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS DEADLINE:
Thursday, February 25, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Eastern)

AWARD PROCESS BEGINS:
Monday, March 6, 2017 (via Email)

OUR PROGRAM DATES:
Tuesday, June 6th - Friday, August 11th, 2017
Final Reports Due by Friday, August 11th





I hope this page answers your question! Feel free to email me if it does not.

Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
CNF REU Program Coordinator
Program Application Coordinator
250 Duffield Hall CNF
Ithaca NY 14853-2700

[email]



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