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Apply to the NNIN REU

The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
Research Experience for Undergraduates
(NNIN REU) Program

Please go to http://www.nnin.org/reu for the complete information on the 2015 NNIN REU Program


Restrictions and Eligibility Requirements for NNIN 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). High school students and recent high school graduates are not eligible (also, see #5 below).

1] If you participated in an NNUN or NNIN Program in the past, you cannot participate again,
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.
7] You must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

(See more details below...)

We especially encourage applications from underrepresented minorities or ethnicities, women, and students from small colleges or students with no prior research experience!

Dear Students:

Thank you for your interest in the 2015 National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN REU) Program. First! Please read the program information found at http://www.nnin.org/reu. That site will answer many questions you might have regarding our program. Then! Please read the following application instructions carefully and be sure to submit your complete application materials before the final deadline. Finally, many questions are answered on our Advices & FAQs page.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
NNIN REU Program Assistant
250 Duffield Hall CNF
Ithaca NY 14853-2700



Your completed application includes:

1. The online account and application information.

2. A Personal Essay. Your personal essay is critical to our selection process. It is through your words that we ascertain your 'fit' with our program. 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. Be sure to discuss any research field you are most interested in. If you do not believe your grades reflect your potential, please explain them in this essay.

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

4. ONE Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member who knows 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 industry mentor, etc., please feel free to have that person write your recommendation. When you fill out your online application, you will enter the name and email address for your recommender. They then upload their recommendation online, following the instructions within the email they will receive from us. Please let your intended recommender know BEFORE you apply that they will be receiving an auto-email from us (especially if they have a gmail address!).

5. Your Relevant Engineering and Scientific (etc.) Coursework, including your grades and the number of credits you received for each course.

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 an NNIN 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!



Our restrictions are self-explanatory, but here are a few specifics:

  • All NNIN REU Interns must be undergraduate students who have completed at least their freshman year in college: An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate. Students who are taking college courses as part of an honors high school program are NOT eligible.
  • You are NOT eligible to participate if you have already received a 4-year baccalaureate degree of any kind or will receive your 4-year degree before the end of the program in August 2015. (If you are graduating before August 2015, we encourage you to look at the National Science Foundation web site, nsf.gov, to see what they have to offer in the way of internships and fellowships for recent graduates.)
  • Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. This is your cumulative GPA, not your semester GPA. Some First Year Students do not yet have a GPA.  In that case, please apply and enter "0.0" for your GPA. Do indicate if you have passed or failed a course, though!



  • PLEASE read these Advices and FAQs first!
  • You should receive at least two automatic emails when you apply online. You will also receive at least two personal emails from the NNIN REU Program Assistant (NNIN REU PA) [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 the NNIN REU PA, 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 the NNIN REU PA and she will mail you a paper copy.



During the application process, you will be asked to list your top five preferred sites. After you have read the following site descriptions, checked out the past REU reports, and noted the program dates below, we trust you will have the information necessary to choose those five. ONE APPLICATION FOR ALL ELEVEN SITES!

  • Find information on the network sites at http://www.nnin.org/reu/reu-application/nnin-reu-site-descriptions-2015 or http://www.nnin.org/
  • Due to the nature of our program (fourteen sites and over 140 faculty and mentors), it is not possible to tell you what projects will be hosted in 2015. However, if you read past reports from our interns (http://www.nnin.org/reu/nnin-reu-program-past-years), you will get a feel for the types of research performed at each site.
  • Students currently enrolled at one of the institutions listed below will NOT be hired to work at that site. So Cornell students cannot intern at Cornell, for instance.
  • The 2015 NNIN REU Convocation will be held Sunday, August 9 thru Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (departure on Thursday the 13th). Participation in this event is mandatory and in addition to the program dates below.

NOTE: There are THREE deadlines for our application!
Online Application Ends:
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern
Online Recommendations Ends:
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern
All Materials, FINAL DEADLINE!
No matter how they are submitted, all app materials must be received by:
Thursday, February 19th, 2015
FAX: 607-255-8601
Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Via Email
 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
June 1-August 8 + Convo
 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
June 2-August 8 + Convo
 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
June 1-August 8 + Convo
 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
June 8-August 9 + Convo
 Howard University, Washington, DC
June 1-August 8 + Convo
 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
May 26-July 31 + Convo
 Stanford University, Stanford, CA
June 1-August 8 + Convo
 University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
June 1-August 8 + Convo
 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
June 1-August 8 + Convo
 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
June 1-August 8 + Convo
 The University of Texas, Austin, TX
June 1-August 8 + Convo
 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
June 1-August 8 + Convo
 University of Washington, Seattle, WA
June 15-August 13 (includes Convo)
 Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
June 1-August 8 + Convo


Good luck!  And again, 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 11, 2015. 5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern

your recommender has until february 18, 2015 (5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern) to upload your recommendation letter

all application components must be received by the final deadline of thursday, february 19, 2015

Advices & FAQs

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

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN REU) Program