CNF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF) is a national user facility that supports a broad range of nanoscale science and technology projects by providing state-of-the-art resources coupled with expert staff support. CNF has been serving the science and engineering community since 1977! Over 700 users per year (50% of whom come from outside Cornell) use the fabrication, synthesis, computation, characterization, and integration resources of CNF to build structures, devices, and systems from atomic to complex length-scales.

The CNF REU Program takes full advantage of this diversity of research and offers projects encompassing chemistry, nanoscale electronics, materials processing, physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences, with a strong inter-disciplinary emphasis. Our interns interact with researchers from academia and industry, work with Cornell faculty and graduate students, learn hands-on nanofabrication processes, train on a variety of nanofab tools, and become independent nanoscale researchers in their own right.

The CNF REU Program runs for ten weeks, from approximately the first week of June thru the second week of August. The first two weeks of our program include attending our short course, Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale (CNF TCN), and attending our three-part New User Training -- then intense tool trainings. The summer typically concludes with a Nano-Convocation on Cornell campus so that principal investigators, mentors, and CNF staff can attend, and then a three-day National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) REU Convocation . Finally, each CNF REU intern submits a program evaluation and writes a two-page report that is published as part of the CNF Research Accomplishments.

CNF REU interns receive a $6,000 stipend, plus housing and reasonable travel expenses. And of course, the program covers all reasonable research expenses! Full participation in the ten-week program -- trainings, convocations, final reporting, and program evaluation -- is mandatory.

Altogether, the CNF REU Program offers an excellent ten-week introduction to nanotechnology and a preview of a scientific research career.


The 2023 CNF REU application is now closed.

We'll announce our interns around the end of March.

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