DESIGN, CHARACTERIZATION, AND TOXICITY ASSESSMENT OF SAFE ADVANCED PERFORMANCE NANOMATERIALS
REU participants are trained on research projects that support the design of safer and more effective nanoparticles that have been characterized and assessed for potential toxicity. The research activities focus on multifunctional nanomaterials and support improved material design with attention to properties that impact human and environmental health. The REUSite provides a diverse pool of projects through 18 faculty advisors each supporting independent research integrated within three NanoSAFE areas of focus: (1) design and fabrication of advanced performance nanomaterials, (2) biomolecular and inorganic material characterization, (3) and toxicity assessment. These research foci support an iterative approach enabling researchers to realize high performance nanomaterials that can safely support manufacturing processes. Faculty collaborate across research groups and students have access to cutting-edge technology in nanolithography, nanotemplating, material self-assembly, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, microscopy, fluidics, and unique tools required to elucidate complex facets of nanotoxicity. Upon completing this REU experience, undergraduate students will actively contribute to innovative research that advances nanotechnology manufacturing, while receiving professional development throughout the 10-week summer activity through workshops, speakers, and scientific conferences.
We offer a unique summer research experience for undergraduate students in science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation Divisions of Materials Research and Chemistry (DMR-1559880) with recreational activities funded by WVU Research Corporation and the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Our program runs May -July and takes place at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.
APPLICATIONSThank you for your interest in the NanoSAFE REU. We expect to begin accepting applications for the 2019 program in early November 2018
- May 21-July 27, 2018 (10 weeks in duration)
- West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.
EXAMPLE AREAS OF RESEARCH:
- Molecular Electronics and Electronic Transduction
- Multifunctional Heterostructures
- Nano and Microfluidics
- Spintronics and Magnetism
To be eligible for the 2018 Multifunctional-REU program, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories;
- Be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior (i.e., must have at least finished freshman year by end of the 2017-2018 school year)
- Have a minimum of 2.8 GPA or above in STEM undergraduate coursework.
- undergraduates enrolled at an institution of higher education (students from community colleges and primarily undergraduate institutions are encouraged to apply);
Students from groups underrepresented within the STEM disciplines (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities), veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and students from socioeconomically depressed regions (e.g., Appalachia) are especially encouraged to apply.
- Free room and board at West Virginia University
- $5,000/summer stipend
- Travel allowance
- Field trips to National Laboratories and Research Facilities
- Team-building activities (rock climbing, ropes course, whitewater rafting, etc.)