Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

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The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology,through support from the National Science Foundation, hosts a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on Sustainable Nanotechnology. Selected participants will spend 10 weeks conducting research in collaboration with one more principal investigators of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. Each student will be located at one of the participating institutions but will interact with faculty and students at all institutions via in-person and cyber-enabled interactions. (CSN institutions include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Augsburg University, Boston University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.)


Research projects include:

  • Synthesis and functionalization of novel types of nanomaterials
  • Molecular-level interaction of nanomaterials with lipid bilayers
  • Influence of surface ligands and nanoparticle bulk composition on uptake of nanoparticles by organisms
  • Molecular-level changes induced in organisms by exposure to nanoparticles
  • Development and application of methods for in situ characterization of nanomaterials in biological/environmental matrices
  • Computational characterization and prediction of SNPs across many scales (from angstroms to meters)

Program highlights:

  • Faculty-led seminars on various topics in sustainability and nanotechnology
  • Tutorials on applying to, surviving, and excelling in graduate school
  • Presentation of your research results and conclusions to other students and faculty
  • Social activities with other summer researchers
  • Training in cross-disciplinary research linking chemistry with biological science and materials science
  • Direct interaction with faculty mentors

Applications now open for summer 2019! Details:

  • Students receive a stipend of $5,000; housing and travel to and from the host institution are provided
  • Program Dates: 10 weeks beginning late May/early June
  • Application Deadline: February 8, 2019
  • Application form: Click here to apply


Professor Robert J. Hamers
Director, Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
1101 University Avenue, Madison WI 53706
Fax: (608)262-0453

Dr. Andrew Greenberg
College of Engineering
1415 Engineering Drive, Madison WI 53706
Fax: (608) 262-5434


Dr. Miriam Krause
CSN Director of Education and Outreach
Phone: 612-625-1036