Hands-on research infuses the traditional undergraduate curriculum with excitement. Through the Northwestern University International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program, 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.
Participants in the Northwestern University Nanotechnology REU engage in full-time research over a nine-week period in the summer. REUs 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 that is then submitted for publication in Nanoscape—the first undergraduate journal of nanotechnology in the country or other professional journal. Each Northwestern University Nanotechnology REU participant receives round-trip airfare, housing in Northwestern dormitories, and a stipend of $4,500.