the NSF-REU in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at
The University of Iowa - Summer 2013
- 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
- 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 28 and end on August
- Participants will receive $475/week
($4,750 program total stipend).
- Housing is
provided in Mayflower Hall and some meals are
provided in Burge Hall.
- Some funds are available to defray travel costs.
- Download an announcement poster HERE (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
- 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
- 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), two letters of recommentdation, a brief personal statement,
and an official transcript.
- Application deadline: March
- Application materials are available on the Application page of
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.