The NRC participates each summer in the NNIN Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program by providing high-quality research experiences for undergraduates from across the nation. REU participants spend 10 weeks working on mentored research projects which utilize our state-of-the-art nanotechnology facility and equipment. Participants are matched with faculty and become active members of a research group. Typically, participants work with one or two graduate students who are part of the research group.
An objective of the NNIN REU program is to provide students access to advanced equipment and training and the opportunity to participate in a state-of-the-art hands-on research project in nanotechnology. The program seeks to promote student excitement towards graduate-level research and encourage students to pursue advanced education and careers in nanoscale science and engineering. Participants are provided support to enhance their communication and presentation skills which they will use at the annual NNIN REU Convocation.
A unique feature of our program occurs at the end of the program when all participants gather for a national research convocation on nanotechnology. This NNIN REU Convocation occurs at one of the NNIN sites in early August. Each student presents the results of his/her summer work both in oral and poster format. In addition, each participant submits a technical report which becomes the NNIN REU Research Accomplishments for that year.