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

During the summer of 2021, the Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM) -- will sponsor Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program from June 8th  through August 13th. Engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on micro-electronics/interface materials discovery and research are eligible to apply to the PARADIM REU Program. 

The undergraduates taking part in this ten-week programs will receive hands-on and technology experience through research with applications to chemistry, electronics, materials science and physics. There are four (4) research projects available that are designed and supervised by PARADIM faculty and technical staff. Interns will work with their assigned faculty and graduate students on projects using the unique resources offered in PARADIM facilities. At the conclusion of the experience all REUs will participate in a convocation to allow interns the opportunity to present their work to their peers and mentors in a concise scientific presentation. Interns will be required to 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 others.

Deadline Information

Online Application Deadline (8 PM Eastern): Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Online Recommendation Deadline (8 PM Eastern): Wednesday, February 17, 2021

All Application Materials Deadline (5 PM Eastern): Thursday, February 25, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

PARADIM Applicant Restrictions and Eligibility Requirements

  1. Cornell University students are not eligible to apply.
  2. If you have already participated in a PARADIM REU Program, you are NOT eligible to participate again.
  3. You must be a U.S.A. Citizen or a Permanent Resident of the United States.
  4. You must be 18 years of age or older by May 31, 2020.
  5. First year students are typically NOT eligible. You must be a sophomore CURRENTLY or higher and you must not be graduating before the end of the program in August 2021.
  6. You must have valid health insurance coverage for the summer.
  7. You must not have already earned a four-year degree of any kind.

We have very specific goals of hiring underrepresented minorities, women, and undergraduates with no previous research experience -- although, not to the exclusion of well-represented undergraduates.

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 25, 2021 (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 and PARADIM at
  • 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.