May 31 - July 29, 2016
Announcing a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at The University of Iowa for the summer of 2016.
- Participants will conduct interdisciplinary research in cutting-edge topics related to the environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
- The program will be hosted by the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center at The University of Iowa (NNI @ UI). Contact us with questions about the program.
- Additional REU program activities will include weekly seminars, a technical communication workshop, and various social activities.
- At the end of the program, students will present posters on their research project in a campus-wide conference sponsored by the UI Graduate College.
- The 9-week program will start May 31 and end on July 29, 2016.
- Participants will receive $500/week ($4,500 program total stipend).
- Housing and some meals are provided in Burge Hall.
- Some funds are available to defray travel costs.
This program is intended for undergraduates who:
- Have completed at least one year of college and will be returning for at least one year of undergraduate study before graduation.
- Are majoring in chemistry, physics, engineering (chemical and biochemical or environmental preferred), pharmaceutics, or occupational and environmental health.
- Are interested in pursuing graduate school and a career in research.
- Are citizens or permanent residents (hold a valid green card) of the United States.
- Have limited access to research opportunities at their home institution.
- This program seeks to improve diversity in the STEM fields. Women, disabled students, minority students, and disadvantaged students (economically or first-in-family to attend college) are especially encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
- Your completed application consists of the application (Google Form), a short essay / personal statement, a transcript and two letters of recommendation from faculty.
- Application deadline: March 1, 2016.
- Application materials are available on the Application page of this website.
Goals and Focus of this REU
This award from the Division of Chemistry (CHE) supports a new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site at The University of Iowa for the summers of 2015-2017. The program will be administered through the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at The University of Iowa and managed by Sarah Larsen of the Department of Chemistry. The program will provide eight rising junior or senior undergraduate students with research experience in cutting-edge topics related to environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. REU participants will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors from the departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, and Pharmacy. Each mentor will provide their REU student with a well-defined project related to one of the three interrelated research themes that comprise the scientific core of this REU program: (i) fundamental studies of nanoparticles and nanomaterials in environmental and health applications; (ii) fundamental studies to better understand the environmental and health implications of nanoparticles; or (iii) instrumentation development for field and laboratory measurements of nanoparticles and nanomaterials. All projects are designed to develop the REU students' lab skills and critical thinking skills so that they can become independent researchers. Students will also participate in a Technical Communication Workshop that will focus on the communication of scientific results through written media.