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Apply to the CNF REU

Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility
Research Experience for Undergraduates
(CNF REU) Program Application *


Please read the full program information before starting an application!

* Please note this application is ONLY for the CNF REU Program, and NOT for any other REU program.



Your completed application includes:

1. The online account and application information.
2. A Personal Essay.
3. A One-Page Resume.
4. ONE Letter of Recommendation.
5. Your Relevant Engineering and Scientific (etc.) Coursework.
6. If you are a citizen of another country AND a Permanent Resident of the USA, you must submit a copy of your Green Card (both sides). (If you are a citizen of another country and you ARE NOT a Permanent Resident, you are not eligible for our program! Sorry!)

PLEASE NOTE: If and when you accept a CNF REU internship offer, you will be required to submit an official transcript to us, 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 we receive the document, the sooner your internship will be secured!



Restrictions and Eligibility Requirements for CNF REU Interns:

First and foremost, you must be an undergraduate student attending a two-year or four-year accredited college, having completed at least your freshman year before participating in our program (you may be a freshman when you apply). CORNELL STUDENTS, high school students and recent high school graduates are NOT eligible.

1] If you participated in an NNIN REU Program in the past, you are not eligible for this program,
2] You must be a U.S.A. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States,
3] You must be 18 years of age or older by May 31st,
4] You must have valid health insurance coverage for the summer,
5] You must not be graduating before the end of the program in August, and
6] You must not already have a four-year degree of any kind.



  • Online applications must be submitted by Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern).
  • Recommendations much be uploaded by Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern).
  • All application components must be received by the final deadline of Thursday, February 25, 2016.


  • First Offers emailed out on Monday, March 7th.
  • Program runs Tuesday, June 7th, thru Friday, August 12th.
  • Final Reports Due Friday, August 12th.
  • Everyone heads home on Saturday the 13th.



  • PLEASE read these Advices and FAQs first!
  • You should receive at least two automatic emails as you prepare your application online. You will also receive at least two personal emails from the CNF REU Program Coordinator, Ms. Mallison -- [1] when your application arrives, and [2] when it is complete. If you do not receive the auto-emails and or do not hear from Ms. Mallison, something is wrong!! Email her to find out what it is!
  • If the online application won't work for you, email your complete street address to Ms. Mallison and she will mail you a paper copy.


Good luck! Thank you for your interest in our program.

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


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your online application must be submitted by wednesday, february 17, 2016 (5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern)

your recommender has until wednesday, february 24, 2016 (5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern) to upload your recommendation letter

all application components must be received by the final deadline of thursday, february 25, 2016

Advices & FAQs

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

Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility Research Experience for Undergraduates (CNF REU) Program