Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

June 21 - August 20, 2010

Application Deadline: February 15, 2010

The Northwestern University Materials Research Science & Engineering Center offers a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program over a 9-week period each summer. The program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents majoring in a science or engineering field. Participants traditionally represent schools and universities across the country. Each participant is paired up with a Center faculty based on mutual research interests. Furthermore, a graduate student or postdoctoral associate mentor will work closely with the undergraduate.

For an overview of Center research, please view the MRSEC research and highlights websites. Past projects have included polymer nanocomposites, nanopyramid fabrications, synthesis of functional molecules, electronic band structure calculations and art conservation. A list of some previous projects is available. A range of projects each summer is available both in experimental and theoretical/simulation fields.

The participants write a technical paper at the end of the summer and give a 15-minute presentation on their research at a symposium that is open to the public. Other activities include a field trip to a national lab (Argonne or Fermilab), a beach party, a panel discussion about graduate school as well as seminars by Northwestern faculty. On-campus housing is offered to all participants, so you may be living on the same hallway as your colleagues. Chicago is only a half an hour away with easily accessible public transportation and the Taste of Chicago takes place in early July.
REU field trip


REU participants receive a stipend of $4,000, plus on-campus housing and a travel allowance. The program dates for the summer of 2010 are June 21 to August 20. Since our start date is later than most other REU programs, this is the perfect summer program for students whose schools are on the quarter-system!

The application deadline is February 15, 2010.

To apply:
1) Fill out the online application form. This includes writing a Personal Statement describing your academic and research goals and any previous research experiences. (200-250 words) [The online application is closed for the 2009 program. The application system will reopen for the 2010 program in November of 2009.]
2) Mail in an official college transcript.
3) Arrange to have 2 letters of recommendation sent to us (e-mail or hard copy). We encourage e-mailed recommendation letters, but they must come from the recommender's e-mail address.

Send all application materials via e-mail to or mail a hard copy to:

Materials Research Center
Att: REU
2145 Sheridan Rd. #K111
Evanston, IL, 60208

Women and members of under-represented minority groups are encouraged to apply.
For further information, contact Klara Mueggenburg,, 847-491-3606.

REU 2008

Summer 2009 Participants at the Closing Symposium

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The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Award Number DMR-1121262. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.
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