May 30 - July 29, 2022

Announcing a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at The University of Iowa for the summer of 2022.

  • 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 at nano@uiowa.edu 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 30 and end on July 29, 2022.
  • Participants will receive $500/week ($4,500 program total stipend).
  • Housing and a food allowance are provided.
  • Some funds are available to defray travel costs upon request.

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, electrical and computer, 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, community college students, and first generation students are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Are 18 years or older.
Goals and Focus of this REU

This award from the Division of Engineering (ENG) supports a new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site at The University of Iowa for the summers of 2018-2022. The program will be administered through the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at The University of Iowa and managed by Amanda Haes, Professor of the Department of Chemistry. The program will provide ten rising junior or senior undergraduate students with research experience in cutting-edge topics related to nanoscience and nanotechnology. REU participants will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors from the departments of Chemistry, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 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.