Note regarding summer 2021: We recognize the uncertainty of planning for summer 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and specifically the possibility that in-person experiences may not be possible. We are planning an in-person program if possible, but may have to pivot to a modified virtual program. The details below are based on a fully in-person program; you can read one student’s account of our virtual summer 2020 experience in this blog post. We will update applicants for 2021 as plans evolve.
If you are a veteran, please consider applying for our Research Experiences for Veterans program.
The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology,through support from the National Science Foundation, hosts a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) 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 online interactions. (CSN institutions include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Augsburg University, Boston University, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Riverside, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.)
Research projects examples 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)
- 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
- Students receive a $5,000 stipend
- In addition to the stipend, the CSN also provides:
- Housing and meals
- Travel expenses to and from the host institution
- Travel expenses to and from the University of Minnesota for an orientation meeting at the beginning of the summer
- Program Dates: 10 weeks beginning late May/early June (exact dates depend on the schedule of the student and the host institution)
- Applications for summer 2021 are now open! Click here to apply.
Why should you apply for the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology summer research program?
Dr. Miriam Krause
CSN Director of Education and Outreach
Professor Robert J. Hamers
Director, Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
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