Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania seeks highly qualified and motivated undergraduate applicants for its Research for Undergraduate Experience (REU) Program for summer 2017.

This 10-week program is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to work with scientists on the cutting-edge of nanoscale research. The Singh Center is centered around four major research facilities, all featuring state-of-the-art equipment for nanoscale characterization, measurement, and fabrication: the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility, the Nanoscale Characterization Facility, the Scanning and Local Probe Facility, and the Material Property Measurement Facility.

Summer projects will include the traditional REU-model project, ones in which students work on a research project within a Penn faculty member’s lab, as well as unique project opportunities to work on research originating from the Singh Center research facilities themselves. Students will be matched to projects based on their background, interests and the projects’ needs and requirements. All projects will provide the opportunity to learn next-generation nanotechnology approaches and to develop experience working in at least one of the research facilities using state-of-the-art equipment. Students will gain experience with substantial aspects of doing science: experimental design, data collection and communication of results. Students will also participate in activities that complement the lab research and help to develop broader scientific and career skills: seminars, paper discussions, career sessions and skills workshops.

Student participants will earn a $5500 stipend (before taxes, paid in installments), and will be housed within walking distance of the university with housing provided by the program. In addition, up to $500 in travel costs to Philadelphia may be eligible for reimbursement. Philadelphia is an exciting place to live for the summer, with many social and recreational activities.

Program at-a-glance

Focus: Nanoscale research opportunities across a wide range of disciplines from materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, bioengineering, physiology, chemical engineering and electrical engineering.

Dates: May 30 – August 4, 2017 (You must be able to participate in the program in its entirety; these dates are not flexible.)

Location: University of Pennsylvania, Singh Center for Nanotechnology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eligibility: You must be an enrolled undergraduate student, who will not graduate before the summer program ends. Students attending a college or university other than Penn are invited to apply.*

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to participate in this program.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students from diverse backgrounds. We strongly encourage women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

*Penn students looking for summer research opportunities are encouraged to look at http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/.

Stipend: $5500 (before taxes, 9 AM – 5 PM full-time participation for the duration of the program is expected)

Application Components: a) online application form, b) personal statement (1-page), c) two letters of recommendation, d) transcript from your current school and from all colleges you have attended and e) resume (1-page). These components are described in the application form below.

Letters of recommendation should be from faculty members or advisors who can address your academic and/or research abilities and potential. You should have at least one letter writer from your current institution. For the second letter, letter writers can be from other institutions and/or hold positions outside of academia. For example, if you did an internship at a company or summer research at another school that would be relevant to your REU application, you can include your supervisor as one of your letter writers. Unless you are a Freshman, a high school teacher should not submit your second letter.

For files with page limits (e.g., statement, resume), please respect the requested length limitations. Files longer than the limit will not be reviewed.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017 (applicants will be notified of the status of their application by April 1, 2017)

Application Portal Provided Below

Questions: SinghCenter_REU@nano.upenn.edu

Application

May 30 – August 4, 2017

All application materials, including transcripts and recommendation letters, must be received by February 15, 2017 to be reviewed.

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Personal Information

 

Last Name *
First Name * Middle Name

 

Citizenship (Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for this program) *


U.S. Citizen

Permanent Resident

Undergraduate Institution *
Date of Matriculation (e.g., August 2016) *
Expected Date of Graduation *
Previous colleges attended *

 

Current status *


Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior (will graduate after the program)

Major(s)
Cumulative GPA/scale (e.g., 3.2/4.0)
Birth date (mm/dd/yyyy)

 

Current Address (at university) *

Street
City
State
Zip Code
Telephone
Email

 

Permanent address (home, if different from above)

Use this address after this date (mm/dd/yyyy):
Street
City
State
Zip Code
Telephone
Email

 

How did you hear about this program? (Check all that apply) *


Previous program participant

Peer/friend

Your advisor/department/program

Listserv/mailing

Web search/website

Student group or professional society

Flyer
Other

 

Are you applying to other summer research or internship programs? *


Yes

No

Not sure

 

If yes, please list the names of the programs and schools/institutions that are hosting them. Please also note if there are any potential conflicts with any of these program dates or timelines.

 

References:

Letters of recommendation should be from faculty members or advisors who can address your academic and/or research abilities and potential. All applicants should have at least one letter writer from your current institution. For the second letter, letter writers can be from other institutions and/or hold positions outside of academia. For example, if you did an internship at a company or summer research at another school that would be relevant to your REU application, you can include your supervisor as one of your letter writers. Unless you are a Freshman, a high school teacher should not submit your second letter. Please ask your letter writers to comment on 1) the context of their interactions with you, 2) their perception of how you will contribute to and what you will gain from a 10-week research experience, 3) their perception of your level of academic preparation and motivation and your social maturity and awareness. Other comments that provide information not available from your transcripts are welcome.

 

Each letter should be emailed directly from your letter writers to SinghCenter_REU@nano.upenn.edu so that it is received by the deadline (February 15, 2017). Note that this system does NOT automatically request your letters. You will need to contact your letter writers and give them instructions on how to submit a letter for you.

 

Reference 1 *

Name *
Title *
Institution *
Email *
Telephone *
How do you know this person? *

 

Reference 2 *

Name *
Title *
Institution *
Email *
Telephone *
How do you know this person? *

 

Personal Statement *

Upload a 1-page statement (12-pt font, single spaced, 1-inch margins) that discusses your scientific and research interests, your career and educational goals (e.g., employment, graduate school, etc), and why you would like to be selected for this program. Please respect the 1-page limit. Statements longer than 1-page will be returned without review.

 


***Only *.txt, *.pdf, *.doc, and *.docx file types can be uploaded

 

Resume *

Upload a 1-page resume that highlights any past experience, training or activities that may be relevant for consideration of your application package. Please respect the 1-page limit. Statements longer than 1-page will be returned without review.


***Only *.txt, *.pdf, *.doc, and *.docx file types can be uploaded

 

Transcripts (Unofficial versions OK for application)

You may use a copy of your unofficial transcripts with the application. You should upload one transcript for any institution you have attended. For example, if you have taken community college courses during summers, you should upload these transcripts in addition to your transcript from your primary school. The only exception is if your primary transcript shows letter grades for coursework done at other institutions. If your primary transcript reads “transfer credit” (and has no grades for these courses), please upload transcripts for these other schools.

Note: Students invited to participate in the program will be required to send an Official transcript (directly from your school’s Registrar’s Office) in order to be formally accepted into the program.

 

file 1 *:

***Only *.pdf file types can be uploaded

file 2:

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file 3:

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file 4:

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Comments/further explanation

If there are any parts of this form for which you feel that the available responses on the form do not fit your particular situation, please provide (brief) further explanation.


 

The University of Pennsylvania seeks to draw students from diverse backgrounds. The information requested below will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of our recruitment efforts and to facilitate the selection of a diverse student body. THIS INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL AND VOLUNTARY.

 

Statistical Information (optional)

 

Gender


Male

Female

Other

 

Are you a first-generation college student (i.e., you are in the first generation of your family to go to college)?


Yes

No

 

Ethnicity

Are you Hispanic or Latino (Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, other Hispanic origin)?


Yes

No

Unknown

 

Race (check all that apply)


American Indian or Alaska Native

Asian (Asian Indian, Cambodian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Pakistani, Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese)

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

White

Other

More than one race

Unknown

 

Application checklist

  • Submit this form
  • Upload your personal statement (1-page)
  • Upload your resume (1-page)
  • Upload unofficial copies of your transcript(s)
  • Request two letters of recommendation
    (The system does NOT request your recommendations for you. It is up to you to make sure your recommendations have arrived.)

Please respect the page limits for the application subsections. Files exceeding the limits will not be reviewed.

 

All parts of your application need to be received by the Singh Center REU program by February 15, 2017. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all of her/his application materials have been received. You will hear from the Singh Center by April 1 regarding the decision on your application.

 

Thank you for applying to the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at the Singh Center. Any questions can be addressed to SinghCenter_REU@nano.upenn.edu or you may call Kristin Field, PhD at 215-746-2488.