Research Experience for Undergraduates
a 10-week nanotechnology research experience
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
nano@illinois REU Management
Who Should Apply?
For 2016 program, apply by March 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm
(for full consideration)
We will begin to review applications before due date, (semi-rolling applications), so it is best to submit as soon as you are able.
After application submission, you will be directed to submit your unofficial transcript, resume/CV, and a faculty letter of recommendation.
nano@illinois REU News
nano@illinois REU Program Coordinator
Quotes from Participants
"The time I spent with the nano@illinois REU has been the most fun and interesting 10 weeks of my life. Before participating to the REU, I was not sure if graduate school was for me. However, the great experience I had while working closely with an engaging professor in my field of interest highlighted the high interest I have in research. The lab members that I was working with were always ready to guide me on anything that I needed to perform my research while having fun. Because of the unforgettable experience at UIUC, I am conducting a research this year at my school. I cannot list how many useful professional, communication and social skills I developed through the summer with the help of the nano@illinois staffs, lab members, the seminars, and the various activities. It was a perfect experience and I would repeat it if I have the chance."
Fatou Cisse, nano@illinois REU 2016
"As my first research experience, nano@illinois sparked my interest in continuing research and has made me a more analytical and responsible scientist. Working with Professor Murphy was amazing; she is a great role model for women in science."
Jennifer Lott, nano@illinois REU, 2015
“It was truly an immersive experience. I’ve always been fascinated by the results of science, or what has already been explained. But once you become a part of the creative process itself, you start to appreciate science at an entirely higher level. It was a humbling yet empowering experience to be able to create something new and original, yet only through standing on the shoulders of those before you."
Sahil Nayyar, nano@illinois REU 2015
"nano@Illinois was an incredible adventure into interdiscplinary research and an exciting journey into learning what it takes to prepare for graduate school with some of the most fun-loving people I've ever met!"
Rumya Raghavan, nano@illinois REU 2015
"My REU at UIUC was beyond amazing. The experiences from this summer have really inspired me to continue towards my goal of earning my PhD. I was shown the importance of interdisciplinary work, and what can be accomplished when people from various fields work towards a shared goal. I am thankful to have this experience and I am definitely going to apply [to the University of Illinois] for graduate school."
Craig R., nano@illinois REU student,
University of Illinois, 2014