Undergraduate Programs: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
SNF participates in the NNIN
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
In this program, approximately 70 undergraduate students from
the country work on mentored research projects which utilize the
NNIN facilities. The objective is to give the students an experience
in cutting edge research and to give them a view of graduate school.
A diverse group of participants is sought with students from
schools who do not have research opportunities available to them
at their home institutions especially encouraged.
are matched with faculty research groups for their ten-week mentored
research internship. In most cases, the undergraduate works with
one or two graduate students in the assigned research group on
project that assist that group’s research program,
often contributing to a graduate student’s Ph.D. thesis
research. Research topics span the whole range of nanotechnology,
articial retinas to making carbon nanotube transistors to working
on new characterization and fabrication techniques, as well
as nanotechnology-enabling projects.
SNF REU students are also especially
encouraged to interact with other NNIN REU students at the other
sites, with videoconferences, webcasted seminars, webbased demos
(using SNF’s remote user webtools) and email exchanges.
Towards the end of the summer, all the NNIN REU students from
NNIN sites convene at one site for the NNIN REU Convocation.
All 70 students give oral presentations and
present posters of their summer research. Special seminars, such
as in Social and Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology, are held.
the talks are webcast live as well as archived for later viewing.
The Convocation is always a highlight of the NNIN REU experience.
and Past SNF REU Participants
2010 Program Schedule (tentative)
Summer 2010 Application Information (through
The NNIN/REU program is funded by NSF and DARPA.
Center for Integrated
Systems at Stanford helps with local funding for the program.
The Intel Foundation also funds a number of SNF/REU students.
This program has been at SNF every summer since 1997 (first
NNUN and now through NNIN).
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