Undergraduate Opportunities

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

June 17 – August 16, 2019

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Application deadline: February 15, 2019

All applicants will be notified of the final decision by email.

The Northwestern University Materials Research Science & Engineering Center offers a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program over a 9-week period each summer.

The NU-Materials Research Science and Engineering Center is an interdisciplinary program focused on multi-functional nanoscale material structures.  Over 30 faculty from 7 different departments are involved.  REU students will have the opportunity to contribute to a research project led by a center faculty member and will participate in interdisciplinary research group meetings, expanding their science and engineering experience into a range of fields.  Students with an interest in nanomaterials and majoring in a science or engineering field are encouraged to apply.  Each student will be assigned to a graduate student or post-doctoral associate mentor who will work closely with them.

For an overview of Center research, please visit our research section. A list of some previous projects is also available. Each summer, a range of projects is available in both experimental and theoretical/simulation fields.

At the end of the REU program, the participants will write a technical paper and give a 15-minute oral presentation on their research at a symposium open to the public. Other program activities include a field trip to a national or industrial lab, a beach party for social networking, a panel discussion on graduate school admissions, and seminars by Northwestern faculty and graduate students.

Chicago is only a half an hour away with easily accessible public transportation, and city events such as the Taste of Chicago take place throughout each summer.

REU participants receive a stipend of $4,500, plus on-campus housing and a travel allowance. Since our start date is later than most other REU programs, this is the perfect summer program for students whose schools are on the quarter-system!

While there is no strict GPA requirement, the average GPA of admitted students is typically above 3.5.  However, we do look favorably upon students who can work through adversity.  Most accepted students are rising junior and seniors, though we encourage exceptional younger students who have some independent research experience to apply. You must nothave completed your degree before the program begins.  Due to NSF funding requirements, our program is open only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For further information, contact mrc-reu@northwestern.edu, 847-467-0470.


Summer 2018 REU Participants

Academic-Year Undergraduate Research Internship (URI)

The Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (NU-MRSEC) offers an Academic-Year Undergraduate Research Internship program. Students have the opportunity to conduct experimental, theoretical or computational research in various areas of materials science within the laboratories of MRSEC-affiliated faculty. For an overview of Center research, please view the MRSEC research website.

Participants will receive a stipend of $15/hour for the academic year and are expected to work for 10-20 hours a week. To be eligible for this program, you must be a Northwestern undergraduate student majoring in a science or engineering field and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Participants wishing to receive academic credit for the project they do during the URI program must consult with their departments (most departments will not give academic credit for the same work for which a student receives pay). The internship is compatible with the Federal Work-Study program, but students do not need to be Work-Study eligible to participate.

We are currently accepting URI applications for 2018-2019. Application deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018. Please contact w-kung@northwestern.edu for any questions.

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Monica Inouye
(Research Advisor: Mark Hersam)
Rachel Orenstein
(Research Advisor: Michael Bedzyk)
Katherine Su
(Research Advisor: Mark Hersam)

Oluwaseyi Adedoyin
(Research Advisor: Sossina Haile)
Katherine Su
(Research Advisor: Mark Hersam)
Ramish Zaidi
(Research Advisor: Luis Amaral)

Alexander Furlong (Research Advisor: Scott Barnett)
Benjamin Laning (Research Advisor: Sossina Haile)
Jiajia Luo (Research Advisor: Mark Hersam)
Kelly Powderly (Research Advisor: Danna Freedman)
Ryan Franks (Research Advisor: Erik Luijten)
Ramish Zaidi (Research Advisor: Luis Amaral)

Jiajia Luo (Research Advisor: Mark Hersam)
Alexander Furlong (Research Advisor: Scott Barnett)
Alexander Silver (Research Advisor: Mark Hersam)
Jonathan Huang (Research Advisor: Derk Joester)

Emily Levin (Research Advisor: Kathleen Stair)
Victoria Nelson (Research Advisor: Erik Luijten)
Christina Robinson (Research Advisor: Ramille Shah)
Lilian Nwanah (Research Advisor: Teri Odom)

Spencer Park (Research Advisor: Lincoln Lauhon)
Laura Pettersen (Research Advisor: Mark Hersam)
Daniel Senn (Research Advisor: Thomas Mason)

Diana Camacho (Research Advisor: Tobin Marks)
Alice Ou (Research Advisor: Teri Odom)
Daniel Senn (Research Advisor: Thomas Mason)
Patrick Schnettler (Research Advisor: Selim Shahriar)

Conner Dykstra (Research Advisor: Vinayak Dravid)
Jeffrey Lin (Research Advisor: Robert Chang)
Stephen Okoniewski (Research Advisor: John Ketterson)
Alice Ou (Research Advisor: Thomas Mason)
Spencer Saldana (Research Advisor: Mark Hersam)
Patrick Schnettler (Research Advisor: Selim Shahriar)


Nanomaterials Undergraduate Research in Germany

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In this wonderful setting in Munich, you will enjoy a 10-week intensive program providing research experience in materials nanotechnology, on-site orientation with survivial German, and cohort visits to science & technology workshops and cultural & social outings. The aim of NanoRING is to provide students the experience and international connectivity required to develop them into future leaders of the international scientific and engineering community. This program takes a mentorship approach that allows participating students to create for themselves a meaningful research experience under the mentorship of the host faculty researcher and laboratory members. The program is enhanced by immersion in Germany, but in a laboratory working environment where English is the lingua franca requiring no prior language training for U.S. students. The ultimate goal is for participating students to finish the program having contributed to the progress of important research and having gained knowledge and appreciation of the German scientific culture, and confidence working in an international setting.

Cultural Heritage Research in the Netherlands

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Each summer, the program will support a cohort of 4 graduate and 1 undergraduate students for an eight-week session to conduct cultural heritage-related basic research in the Netherlands. The central research environment of the IRES students will be the Atelier Building (Ateliergebouw), a core facility grouping the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Rijksmuseum (RMA), the scientific research arm of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). Collaborations with scientists at major U.S. museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art will provide a broad interdisciplinary focus to the IRES students, an attractive set of research questions on important artworks, and networking opportunities with leading cultural heritage scientists.