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Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF)
Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs
2016 REU
2017 REU
2018 REU

2019 REU Summer Calendar [PDF] UPDATED JULY 2ND!

CNF REU Cleanroom Restrictions



Welcome to Cornell University, Campus Life [PDF]

GORGE SAFETY: Cornell University has come out with this very powerful and very sad video on gorge safety. You may be tempted to take a quick dip on a hot day, but do NOT swim in the no-swimming areas. Period. Thank you for staying safe!!

Cornell also has a helpful website listing all the safe places to swim!

2019 CCMR Hot Materials Talks [PDF] CNF & PARADIM REUS, please note;
Most of these talks are not mandatory but we ARE paying for you to attend whether you do or not!  So please attend, schmooze, learn something new, and get a free (to you) lunch!

NEW! MANDATORY! CTL Panel Discussion & Lunch, July 17th; Scientific Shark Tank: Improving our World through University Research

The Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is hosting a lunchtime panel talk on Wednesday, July 17th at 12pm, in 226 Weill Hall. CTL has invited prominent Cornell Grads and Entrepreneurs to share their perspectives, trials, tribulations, and aspirations on taking innovations from the research lab to the marketplace in a panel moderated by Alice Li, Executive Director, CTL. This panel talk is open (and free) for all Cornell campus REU Interns. Lunch is paid for by Emmanuel P. Giannelis, Cornell's Vice Provost for Research and Vice President for Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Research Policy.

Panel Participants:

  • Frank A. DeCosta III, Ph.D. ’85 M.Eng. ’86, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Andrea Madho, '95-University of Toronto-Victoria University, CEO & Co-FounderLab 141
  • Pam Marrone, ’78,  CEO/Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI)
  • Yonn Rasmussen, Ph.D., ’89, Vice President, Xerographic Components and Modules Group
  • Robert Scharf, ’77, Entrepreneur and current Administrative Academic Director of the PRAXIS Center for Venture Development




10:50 AM-11:00 AM, Welcome with Chris Alpha
11:00 AM-11:12 AM, Mr. James Tran (Engstrom)
11:12 AM-11:24 AM, Mr. Darien Nguyen (Abbaspourrad)
11:24 AM-11:36 AM, Ms. Anna Alvarez (Cohen)
11:36 AM-11:48 AM, Ms. Katie Munechika (Erickson)
11:48 AM-12:00 PM, Mr. Jacob Baker (Lambert)

12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Pizza lunch in Baum Atrium

1:10 PM-1:15 PM, Welcome with Julie Nucci
1:15 PM-1:27 PM, Ms. Priscila Santiesteban (Schlom/Benedek)
1:27 PM-1:39 PM, Mr. Jarek Viera (Schlom/Xie)
1:39 PM-1:51 PM, Mr. Samuel Straney (Schlom/Xie)
1:51 PM-2:03 PM, Ms. Caroline Fedele (Schlom/Schreiber)
2:03 PM-2:15 PM, Mr. Oluchi Onwuvuche (Schlom/Barone)
2:15 PM-2:27 PM, Mr. Jonathan Ortiz (Schlom)

Two mandatory events on the 25th for all the interns:

With Julie Nucci
Thurston 201, 10:30-11:30a
  Poster School PLUS Deconstruction Previous Day's Presentations

Prof. Melissa Hines
12 Noon, 226 Weill Hall


Things to do in Ithaca!



The Cornell NanoScale Facility has the honor of hosting this year's network-wide National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) REU Convocation, Saturday-Tuesday, August 10-13.

Keep track of our progress on logistics, which will always be updated here!



Scientific Shark Tank: Improving our World through University Research. CTL Panel Discussion & Lunch, July 17th

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Map of Campus
Showing Check In (Cook House), intern housing (Rose House), and Duffield Hall (home of CNF and PARADIM!)

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 All are linked to a higher resolution version!






Ms. Anna Alvarez
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
2019 CNF REU Program
REU Principal Investigator: Itai Cohen
REU Project: Light-Activated Micro-Robots Via Photopatterning Liquid Crystal Polymer

Mr. Jacob Baker
(University of Arizona)
2019 CNF REU Program
REU Principal Investigator: Guillaume Lambert
REU Project: Studying the Impact of Micro-Confinement on Bacterial Growth and Biofilm Formation

Ms. Caroline Fedele
(University of North Florida)
2019 PARADIM REU Program
REU Principal Investigator: Nathaniel (Nate) Schreiber
REU Project: Electrical and Structural Characterization of Superconducting Ruthenate Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) Thin Films

Ms. Katie Munechika
(University at Buffalo SUNY)
2019 CNF REU Program
REU Principal Investigator: David Erickson
REU Project: Microfludic Chip Manufacturing for Point of Care Diagnostics 

Mr. Darien Nguyen
(Winthrop University)
2019 CNF REU Program
REU Principal Investigator: Alireza Abbaspourrad
REU Project: Developing Microfluid Technologies for Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Mr. Oluchi Onwuvuche
(University of the District of Columbia)
2019 PARADIM REU Program
REU Principal Investigator: Matthew Baron
REU Project: Growth of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Superstructures with Conducting Interfaces

Mr. Jonathan Ortiz
(New Mexico State University)
2019 PARADIM REU Program
REU Principal Investigator: Darrell Schlom
REU Project: Improving the Capabilities of PARADIM’s MBE Hardware

Ms. Priscila Santiesteban
(Coe College)
2019 PARADIM REU Program
REU Principal Investigator: Nicole Benedek
REU Project: Understanding the structure of IV-VI semiconductors

Mr. Samuel Straney
(College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Albany)
2019 PARADIM REU Program
REU Principal Investigator: Saien Xie
REU Project: Growing 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenide (2D-TMDC) Materials for PARADIM Users

Mr. James Tran
(University of Texas at Dallas)
2019 CNF REU Program
REU Principal Investigator:  James Engstrom
REU Project: Area-Selective Deposition to Enable Single-Digit nm Fabrication

Mr. Jarek Viera
(University of North Georgia)
2019 PARADIM REU Program
REU Principal Investigator: Saien Xie
REU Project: Growing 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenide (2D-TMDC) Materials for PARADIM Users


Summer Research Inclusivity Statement
In order to learn, we must be open to the views of people different from ourselves. During the time we share together over the summer, please honor the uniqueness of your fellow researchers, no matter their background, and appreciate the opportunity we have to learn from one another. In our structured and unstructured discussions, we will have many opportunities to explore some challenging, high-stakes issues and increase our understandings of different perspectives. These perspectives are informed by race, ethnicity, national origin, migratory status, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability. Our conversations may not always be easy; sometimes we will make mistakes in our speaking and our listening; sometimes we will need patience or courage or imagination or any number of qualities in combination to engage our texts, our colleagues, and our own ideas and experiences. Always we will need respect for others.

Thus, an important aim of our summer program will be for us to acknowledge our own biases by having the difficult conversations that arise around issues of social justice in order to expand and deepen our understanding of multiple perspectives – whatever our backgrounds, experiences, or positions.

"If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn't call it research." Albert Einstein

Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
CNF & KEP REU Program Coordinator
CNF KEP PARADIM REU Application Coordinator
Office: 350 Duffield Hall

Mailing Address:
250 Duffield Hall
343 Campus Road
Ithaca NY 14853-2700

Direct: 607-254-4858
CNF Office: 607-255-2329

Cornell Summer REU Programs Promotional Video


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