Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) hosts a center-wide Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU) funded by the National Science Foundation. This REU program provides research experiences across four CEINT partner institutions: Duke, Virginia Tech and Carnegie Mellon Universities as well as the European Center for Research and Education in Geosciences and the Environment (CEREGE) in Aix-en-Provence, France.

This 10 week summer REU program offers participating students opportunities to engage in their own original research projects with a focus on the environmental impacts of nanotechnology. This program is uniquely designed to guide undergraduate students toward independent interdisciplinary research in academic fields related to nano-science and engineering. These include biomedical engineering, materials science, biology, chemistry, ecotoxicology, geosciences, and civil & environmental engineering.

When to Apply

Apply online now for Summer 2016
The DEADLINE for applications this year will be FEBRUARY 28th, 2016 at 8PM EST.

Program Details

Duration: 10 weeks, including 1 week orientation (May 30 - July 29, 2016)
Research sites
: Duke, Virginial Tech, Carnegie Mellon Universities and the European Center for Research and Education in Geosciences and the Environment (CEREGE) in Aix-en-Provence, France
Compensation: $5,000 plus housing & travel

Eligibility

This internship is open to undergraduates who are majoring in engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, ecotoxicology or other fields related to nano-science and engineering. Applicants must also be either US citizens or permanent residents of the US or its territories.  We encourage applicants from minority groups to apply and welcome a diverse group of interns each summer!

Research Opportunities

Students will participate in their own original research projects in one or more of six interrelated nanoscale research themes:

  1. Exposure: Transport & Transformation
  2. Cellular and Organismal Responses
  3. Impacts on Ecosystems
  4. Manufactured Nanomaterials
  5. Natural and Incidental Nanoparticles
  6. Risk Assessment and Modeling

Review overviews of research projects available for REU students across the four placement sites - Duke, Carnegie Mellon and Virginia Tech Universities as well as the CEREGE in Aix-en-Provence, France.  (NOTE: we will be updating specific research examples associated with these overviews by November 23, 2015).