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Apply to the CNF & PARADIM REU

Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF)
Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM)
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), CNF and PARADIM


The 2018 CNF & PARADIM REU Programs
June 5th - August 10th, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern)

Thursday, February 22, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Eastern)

Monday, March 5, 2018 (via Email)

Dear Students:

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 CNF & PARADIM REU Programs. The information for the combined application is below. Please be sure to read carefully and submit your application by the deadline!
2018 CNF & PARADIM REU Programs Summary

During the summer of 2018, Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF) and Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM) will sponsor Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs from June through August. Engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on nanotechnology are eligible to apply (see restrictions and eligibility requirements below).

The chosen undergraduates taking part in this ten-week program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research, with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences. The research projects are designed and supervised by the faculty and technical staff at CNF and PARADIM. Interns then work with faculty and graduate students on projects, using the unique resources offered. A convocation is held in August to allow interns the opportunity to present their work to their peers in a concise scientific presentation. Interns also must complete a written report, akin to a research paper, summarizing the findings of their research project. These reports are published and distributed to the interns and sites, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and many others.

Participants receive a $5,000 stipend, plus housing and reasonable travel expenses. Full participation in the ten-week program, convocation and final reporting is mandatory.

Restrictions and Eligibility Requirements for CNF & PARADIM REU Interns

1] Cornell University students are not eligible to apply.
2] If you have already participated in a CNF, NNUN / NNIN or PARADIM REU Program, you are NOT eligible to participate again.

3] You must be a U.S.A. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
4] You must be 18 years of age or older by May 31st.
5] You must be a sophomore CURRENTLY or higher (First Year Students are NOT eligible), and you must not be graduating before the end of the program in August.
6] You must have valid health insurance coverage for the summer.
7] You must not have already earned a four-year degree of any kind.

We have very specific goals of doing our best to hire underrepresented minorities, women, and undergraduates with no previous research experience -- although, not to the exclusion of well-represented undergraduates (as is evident from looking at photographs from any of our REU programs).

Application Requirements
Your completed application includes:

1. Your online application (profile, research preferences, registration of recommenders, etc.).

2. Your relevant college coursework in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering -- in chronological order, first to last, including your current semester/quarter. Please do not send a transcript now! If and when you accept an REU internship offer, you will then be required to submit an official transcript to Ms. Mallison, before your official award letter can be sent to you. Your internship award is contingent on your declared coursework matching the coursework in your transcript, so the sooner Ms. Mallison receives the document, the sooner your internship will be secure. (Do not send an official transcript until you are asked to do so!)

3. A Personal Essay. Your personal essay is critical to the selection process. It is through your words that we ascertain your ‘fit’ with our programs. Please submit a well-written essay, 1-2 pages long, in which you discuss the relationship between your present studies and a career in engineering or scientific research. As preparation, you may wish to discuss your career interests with one or more professors, and include any insights you gain from these discussions, and any other sources, which explain how this program might help you prepare for your future. Explain any honors and awards that you have received that are relevant, and discuss any prior research experience and / or any research field you are most interested in. If you do not believe your grades reflect your potential, please explain them in this essay. (Make sure your full name is on each page of your essay.)

4. A Resume. This resume should focus on your scientific achievements and activities. List any honors and awards that you have received that are relevant, as well as any prior research experience.

Items 1-4 constitute your online application, which must be submitted by Wednesday, February 15, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern)

5. If you are a citizen of another country AND a permanent resident of the USA, you MUST include a copy of your Green Card (both sides) for your application to be complete. You may snail mail the copy or email it to Ms. Mallison as a PDF attachment. (If you are a citizen of another country and you ARE NOT a permanent resident, you are not eligible for our programs!)

6. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members who know you well and can comment with authority on your research potential. OR! If you can identify a person better qualified to evaluate your abilities, i.e., a graduate student TA, a co-op adviser, or past REU Program / industry mentor, please feel free to have that person write one of your recommendations.

Recommendations MUST be uploaded online by Wednesday, February 22, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern).
Application Notes
  • Find program specifics for CNF at and PARADIM at
  • Do not include your social security number on any document. It is illegal for us to distribute your SS#!
  • The application will list Research Fields & Projects specific to each REU program and ask you to rank your preferences. This is how we will decide your appropriateness for CNF or PARADIM.
  • You will receive two automated emails; one when you submit your profile and one when you submit your application. You will also be notified via email by the Program Application Coordinator, Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison, when your application arrives and when it is complete. If you do not receive these emails, there is a problem and you should contact Ms. Mallison directly.
Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
CNF REU Program Coordinator
Program Application Coordinator

250 Duffield Hall CNF
Ithaca NY 14853-2700


"If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn't call it research." Albert Einstein

IN ADDITION! Cornell PARADIM Partners with the Johns Hopkins University PARADIM!
We will be sharing our PARADIM REU applications with them.

The Johns Hopkins University PARADIM Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunity for Materials Discovery:
Two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available at the Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM) facility located on the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland. The REU students will work in collaboration with Professor Tyrel M. McQueen and Dr. W. Adam Phelan in advancing materials discovery of novel electronic and magnetic quantum materials. REU participants will be integrated in the Institute for Nanotechnology for Biology and Engineering REU program at JHU and participate in additional scientific enhancement opportunities including a professional development lecture series and the annual presentation CARES Symposium.
Specific details and intern restrictions for the JHU REU Program can be found at -- they are waiving their application deadline for our applicants, but their intern restrictions do apply.



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your online application must be submitted by wednesday, february 14, 2018 (5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern)

your recommender has until wednesday, february 21, 2018 (5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern) to upload your recommendation letter

all application components must be received by the final deadline of thursday, february 22, 2018

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Your complete application includes: your account and application forms (including relevant coursework), your essay and one-page resume, and two required recommendations.