CNF & PARADIM REU

Provides research experience in nanotechnology and materials science. 2nd and 3rd year students with a $5,000 stipend.

During the summer of 2019, Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF) and Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM) will sponsor Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs from June through August. Engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on nanotechnology are eligible to apply (see restrictions and eligibility requirements below).

The chosen undergraduates taking part in this ten-week program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research, with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences. The research projects are designed and supervised by the faculty and technical staff at CNF and PARADIM. Interns then work with faculty and graduate students on projects, using the unique resources offered. 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. 

Deadline Information

Online Application Deadline (8 PM Eastern): Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Online Recommendation Deadline (8 PM Eastern): Wednesday, February 19, 2020

All Application Materials Deadline (5 PM Eastern): Thursday, February 20, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Restrictions and Eligibility Requirements:

  • If you have already participated in a CNF, CTECH, KEP, NNCI/NNUN/NNIN, or PARADIM REU program, you are NOT eligible to participate again
  • You must be a US citizen or a Permenant Resident
  • 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates
  • You must have valid health insurance coverage for the summer

Application Process

Application Requirements:

1. Your online application (profile, research preferences, registration of recommenders, etc.).

2. Your relevant college coursework in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering -- in chronological order, first to last, including your current semester/quarter. Please do not send a transcript now! If and when you accept an REU internship offer, you will then be required to submit an official transcript to Ms. Mallison, before your official award letter can be sent to you. (Do not send an official transcript until you are asked to do so!)

3. A Personal Essay. Your personal essay is critical to the selection process. It is through your words that we ascertain your ‘fit’ with our programs. Please submit a well-written essay, 1-2 pages long, in which you discuss the relationship between your present studies and a career in engineering or scientific research. As preparation, you may wish to discuss your career interests with one or more professors, and include any insights you gain from these discussions, and any other sources, which explain how this program might help you prepare for your future. Explain any honors and awards that you have received that are relevant, and discuss any prior research experience and / or any research field you are most interested in. If you do not believe your grades reflect your potential, please explain them in this essay. (Make sure your full name is on each page of your essay.)

4. A Resume. This resume should focus on your scientific achievements and activities. List any honors and awards that you have received that are relevant, as well as any prior research experience.

Items 1-4 constitute your online application, which must be submitted by Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern)

5. If you are a citizen of another country AND a permanent resident of the USA, you MUST include a copy of your Green Card (both sides) for your application to be complete. You may snail mail the copy or email it to Ms. Mallison as a JPG or PDF attachment. (If you are a citizen of another country and you ARE NOT a permanent resident, you are not eligible for our programs!)

6. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members who know you well and can comment with authority on your research potential. OR! If you can identify a person better qualified to evaluate your abilities, i.e., a graduate student TA, a co-op adviser, or past REU Program / industry mentor, please feel free to have that person write one of your recommendations.

Recommendations MUST be uploaded online by Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern).

Application Notes:

  • Find program specifics for CNF at http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf5_reuprogram.html and PARADIM at https://www.paradim.org/reu/cornell
  • Do not include your social security number on any document. It is illegal for us to distribute your SS#!
  • The application will list Research Fields & Projects specific to each REU program and ask you to rank your preferences. This is how we will decide your appropriateness for the four programs.
  • You will receive two automated emails; one when you submit your profile and one when you submit your application. You will also be notified via email by the Program Application Coordinator, Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison, when your application arrives and when it is complete. If you do not receive these emails, there is a problem and you should contact Ms. Mallison directly.