REU Programs

Through generous funding provided by the National Science Foundation, the University of Wisconsin MRSEC sponsors and is deeply invested in two REU programs, REU in Nanotechnology and SURE

The MRSEC, in collaboration with the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), established a new REU in Nanotechnology (Nano REU) program that began during summer 2006 and continued the program through summer of 2014. The goal of the Nano REU is to provide nanoscience research opportunities to students from underrepresented groups and from non-research intensive colleges and universities. The establishment of the REU Nanotechnology has led to development and funding of two additional REU programs administered by the MRSEC, the REU in Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering and the REU in the Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy. These programs are run by the MRSEC with funding from the UW-Madison Graduate School, 3M, departmental funds, and an NSF site award (REU in Renewable Energy). During summer 2013 the MRSEC supported four REU students and hosted eight students in MRSEC affiliated labs. REU students were equally distributed throughout the Center’s IRGs. As part of the REU program, the MRSEC developed a weekly seminar series featuring MRSEC faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students presenting MRSEC research.

Potential REU students can submit applications from December through mid-February by contacting Andrew Greenberg, REU Director

The MRSEC also sponsors students in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program, directed by Kelly Burton through the Graduate Engineering Research Scholars (GERS) program for minority graduate students. Admittance into this program requires a complete application (found here), a minimum GPA of 3.4, and acceptance by a UW faculty member. Additionally, the SURE program requires students to be from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in engineering.

Collectively, participants in these MRSEC-sponsored programs spend 10 weeks conducting research in an area of engineering, physics, chemistry, science education or public policy.  hosts two undergraduate summer research programs.