CNF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The undergraduates taking part in these ten-week programs will receive hands-on research experience. The projects are designed and supervised by faculty and technical staff. Interns then work with their assigned faculty and graduate students on their project, using the unique resources offered by each program. A convocation is held in August to allow interns the opportunity to present their work to their peers in a concise scientific presentation. Interns also must complete a written report, akin to a research paper, summarizing the findings of their research project. These reports are published and distributed to the interns and sites, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and many others.
Participants receive a $5,000 stipend, plus housing and reasonable travel expenses. Full participation in the ten-week program, convocation(s), final reporting, and program evaluation is mandatory. And of course, the programs cover all reasonable research expenses! Each program has its own application process.
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! REU research at CNF encompasses chemistry, nanoscale electronics, materials processing, physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences. Our REU Program has a strong inter-disciplinary emphasis. 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.
CNF REU 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 from approximately the first week of June thru the first week of August and the first two weeks of our ten-week program include intense training, including attending our short course, Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale (CNF TCN), and attending our three-part New User Training. The summer typically concludes with a convocation on Cornell campus with the CTECH and PARADIM interns and program communities, and by joining interns from all over the country who take part in the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) REU Convocation . Finally, each CNF REU intern writes a two-page report that is published as part of the CNF Research Accomplishments and submits a mandatory program evaluation.
Altogether, the CNF REU Program offers an excellent ten-week introduction to nanotechnology and a preview of a scientific research career.