About

May 26 - August 1, 2014*

Announcing a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at The University of Iowa for the summer of 2014.

  • 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 communicating science 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 10-week program will start May 26 and end on August 1, 2014.
  • Participants will receive $475/week ($4,750 program total stipend).
  • Housing and some meals are provided in Burge Hall.
  • Some funds are available to defray travel costs.
  • Download and print an announcement poster (PDF).
Eligibility

This program is intended for undergraduates who:

  • Have completed at least two years 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 (PDF), a short essay / personal statement, an official transcript and two letters of recommendation from faculty.
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2014.
  • 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), with co-funding from the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC), supports a new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site at The University of Iowa for the summers of 2008-2011. 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, Pharmacy, and Occupational and Environmental Health. 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 Communicating Science Workshop that will focus on the communication of scientific results through written media and through oral presentations.

*Subject to renewal of NSF funding