Hands-on research infuses the traditional undergraduate curriculum with excitement. To-date, the IIN has provided over 350 students with a glimpse into the life of a scientific researcher, as well as opportunities to meet and work with world-renowned scientists.
IIN REU participants engage in full-time research over a nine-week period in the summer. They attend regular group meetings, which give them opportunities to share their progress and gain a broad overview of a wide array of scientific projects. Additional activities include tours of facilities and laboratories, special lectures, a field trip to Argonne National Laboratory, technical writing workshops, a public speaking seminar, and a summer picnic.
At the end of the summer, each student completes a substantive research paper and presents their research accomplishments at the Closing Symposium.
REU participants receive a $4,500 stipend, round-trip airfare, and housing in Northwestern dormitories.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, majoring in the physical sciences or engineering, with at least one year left to complete their degree. Participants are selected based upon academic achievement and scientific interests. Efforts are also made to include students from smaller schools where research equipment and opportunities might not be available and to encourage participation by young women and other groups typically underrepresented in science and engineering.
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