The UNC Charlotte NanoSURE REU Site is designed to advance nanoscale science research at the undergraduate level and contribute to the education and training of the nanotechnology workforce of the future.
Nanoscale science research faculty from the Departments of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Optical Science, and Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science will mentor undergraduate researchers on well-defined research projects related to nanoscale science.
* The 2024 program will last from May 28th – August 2nd.
NanoSURE participants will spend 10 weeks engaged in various nanoscale science related projects. The intellectual focus or theme of the NanoSURE REU site is interdisciplinary nanoscale science and engineering research. Students chosen to participate in the program will be assigned to ongoing interdisciplinary nanoscale science research projects.
Students can gain experience in:
- Nanoscale synthesis
- Nanoparticle manipulation and assembly
- Quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, and metallic nanoparticles
- Nanomedicine and drug delivery
- Hybrid materials
- SEM, TEM, and AFM
- X-ray crystallography
- Ten-week summer research experience
- $5,000 stipend for summer research
- On-campus housing provided
- Seminars and workshop activities
- Recreational activities
- Outreach program – NanoDiscovery Day at Discovery Place – Charlotte
- Final research symposium
Diverse and Inclusive Environment
UNC Charlotte and the NanoSURE REU program strive to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. We celebrate and leverage the benefits of diversity, and are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all NanoSURE participants. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that includes, but is not limited to ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
The NanoSURE REU program is prepared to work with participants to find accommodations when necessary to ensure a student’s success in the program. For example, we have experience working with participants that are military veterans that have to attend other scheduled commitments. Married applicants are encouraged to apply, and they are also encouraged to contact the NanoSURE director to see if opportunities in other on-campus summer programs are available for their partner. Students with disabilities do not need to disclose their disabilities at the time of applying to the program. The NanoSURE program director will work with the participant to ensure a living and research environment that meets their specific needs.