Saturday, January 9, 2010

Opportunities for Summer Research in Chemistry

The Cornell Center for Materials Research is seeking students for its summer undergraduate research experience (REU) program. Each summer approximately 35 undergraduates from all fields of the physical sciences and engineering come from across the United States to participate in this 10 week program. Materials science is very broadly defined at Cornell — covering everything from chemical synthesis to mechanical properties and modeling of engineering materials.

In addition to the traditional REU laboratory experience, this program also includes:

  • 3 one-day mini-courses (offerings include machine shop, electronics and microscopy)
  • An introduction to the various materials science techniques (e.g. TEM, X-ray diffraction)
  • A workshop on creating research presentations
  • A diverse series of scientific talks by Cornell faculty, called “Fun Talks”
  • A panel discussion with current graduate students about life as a grad student
  • 2 half-day symposiums that include a formal research presentation from every student
  • Optional weekend excursions (e.g. Niagara Falls and New York City)

Go to the program website, , for further information.


The American Chemical Society International Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (ACS-IREU) provides unique opportunities for students majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science, or Chemical Engineering. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the German Chemical Society (GDCh), the European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN), and several universities across Europe.

21-25 sophomores and juniors with one semester or summer of prior research experience will be selected to receive the ACS-IREU Scholarship to conduct research during the summer of 2010 at selected institutions in Germany, France, Italy and the UK. Detailed information and online application and recommendation forms can be found on the program web site at

Although helpful, no foreign language expertise is required. All qualified students, including females and members of underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2010.


Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University

The Materials Research Center at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. The program dates this year are June 21 to August 20, 2010; Applications are due Feb. 15, 2010. Participants are paid a $4000 stipend and on-campus housing is provided. For more information, please visit our website:

If you have any questions, please contact Martha J. Tanner at, 847-491-3606.

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