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Research Experience for Undergraduates

MSE VPUE Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Science and Technology at the Nanoscale

Materials Science and Engineering has received a grant from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the School of Engineering to fund summer research projects for Stanford undergraduates. Each student will have a faculty mentor who will guide them through the summer research projects.

Please see the program brochure link below for available project descriptions. Selected students will receive a $6,000 stipend for participating in the 10-week (40 hours per week) program; room and board are not included. Students will be expected to prepare for their summer project during the spring quarter by attending research group meetings, reading background material related to their project and completing the required safety and equipment training. During the summer, students attend weekly group meetings with their respective research groups and faculty mentors and participate in enrichment activities with the other undergraduates.

At summer's end, each student prepares a poster explaining research project results for a departmental symposium. Stanford undergraduates in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Seniors graduating in June 2015 or earlier are not eligible. This grant may not be used to support honors research projects. Students participating in this program may not register for more than 5 units of coursework, nor may they work for more than 10 hours per week in addition to their research appointment. Academic credit for participating in the summer program will not be awarded.

For more information, see the REU program brochure (PDF), which contains a list of participating faculty and summer research project descriptions.

Dates and deadlines for 2015 will be announced here when available. The initial application process involves a short questionnaire. Individual faculty members will then meet with selected students to make a final decision. Download the application form (PDF).  Preference will be given to MSE sophomore applicants.

Please contact Professor Paul Kempen with any questions.