CNF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF) is a national user facility that supports a broad range of nanoscale science and technology projects by providing state-of-the-art resources coupled with expert staff support. CNF has been serving the science and engineering community since 1977! Over 700 users per year (50% of whom come from outside Cornell) use the fabrication, synthesis, computation, characterization, and integration resources of CNF to build structures, devices, and systems from atomic to complex length-scales. Our CNF REU research projects encompass chemistry, nanoscale electronics, materials processing, physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences, with a strong inter-disciplinary emphasis.
CNF REU interns interact with researchers from academia and industry, work with Cornell faculty and graduate students, learn hands-on nanofabrication processes, train on a variety of nanofab tools, and become independent nanoscale researchers in their own right. The CNF REU Program runs from approximately the first week of June thru the first week of August and the first two weeks of our ten-week program include intense training, including attending our short course, Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale (CNF TCN), and attending our three-part New User Training. The summer typically concludes with a Nano-Convocation on Cornell campus so that mentors can attend, and then a three-day National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) REU Convocation . Finally, each CNF REU intern writes a two-page report that is published as part of the CNF Research Accomplishments.
CNF REU interns receive a $6,000 stipend, plus housing and reasonable travel expenses. Full participation in the ten-week program, convocations, final reporting, and program evaluation is mandatory. And of course, the program covers all reasonable research expenses!
Altogether, the CNF REU Program offers an excellent ten-week introduction to nanotechnology and a preview of a scientific research career.