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    We are in the process of updating REU 2015. Kindly check our website by mid-Novemeber for updates on REU 2015.

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    The University of Arkansas is prepared to host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site which has been recommended for funding by the National Science Foundation. The Proposed site will be based on micro/nano-science research and engineering which will be available during the Summer of 2014.

    Participants of the 2014 µEP REU Program will arrive on campus on Sunday, May 18, 2014 between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM (the airport is about an hour travel time from campus). The REU program is a ten week program that is scheduled to run May 18- July 25. Students should make travel plans to leave campus on Friday, July 25, 2014 , as an REU event will be scheduled on Thursday, July 24th.

    The REU funding includes such things as the Dallas Road Trip to visit semiconductor industry plants to spend a second day at Six Flags, and for REU students to take an ethics graduate class during their stay.

    Many other activities are included in the REU to broaden and enrich the REU experience on site and can be found fully described in the proposal ( Abstract , Description). One of the key items is the fact that the µEP REU is one of five undergraduate research programs operating simultaneously on the UA campus hosted by

    1. The Microelectronics-Photonics graduate program in Micro to Nano Scale Materials, Processes and Device Research

    2. The Space and Planetary Sciences interdisciplinary graduate program in( Astronomy, Space and Planetary Sciences

    3. The Biological Engineering department in ( and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services

    4. The Chemistry and BioChemistry department in ( chemistry, Biochemistry and protein dynamics, Inorganic chemistry and nanotechnology, Organic chemistry and Physical or theoretical chemistry

    5. The George Washington Carver Program ( by the Graduate School

    All students from these five programs participate in coordinated programs and share a common dorm for the summer. This gives our REU students a community of about seventy undergraduate summer researchers with which to interact.

    Our REU application form allows students to identify friends who are also applying for UofA REU programs for our information. At the end of the summer, we have found that many lasting friendships have been formed between students within the µEP REU and between the different research programs. We look forward to meeting new students attracted to our campus through these undergraduate summer programs, and to the possibility of these students continuing their friendships on our campus in their future graduate education programs.

    The research projects are defined with the µEP faculty members late in the spring semester. An REU applicant is encouraged to visit µEP faculty members websites to identify research faculty they would prefer working with during the program.

    This µEP REU site uses several criteria in selecting its participants. We encourage students from all educational institutions to apply (including institutions where undergraduate research opportunities are not as easily obtained as at institutions offering MS and PhD degrees). We have enjoyed in our pools of prior applicants and selected students individuals from the west and east coasts of our country (and on to Puerto Rico), and from Wisconsin in the north to Louisiana in the south. We have had students from all kinds of engineering, physics, chemistry, material science, math, and other majors apply and be selected to our program.

    While our program gives some priority to students closest to entering graduate school, almost half of our participants to date have participated as rising juniors (and even two rising sophomores). Our prior applicant pool has included a broad mix of male and female applicants, as well as many applicants from different races. The selected participants in our three prior µEP REU sites have reflected this broad diversity in our applicant pool, and that diversity in both applicants and selected participants is expected to continue in future summers.

    The NSF allows REU sites to spend direct REU funds on only US Citizens, US Nationals, or Permanent Residents. We might have a very limited number of REU positions for students outside these categories through specific research grants for very highly qualified and motivated students interested in micro and nanotechnology. Applicants are asked to indicate their citizenship status in the proper field of the application form, and students that do not qualify for direct REU site funding will be considered on a "funding available" basis.

    Note: The NSF does not allow funding of students whose carrier objectives are in the medical or pharmaceutical profession

    The unifying themes of successful applicants are twofold. First, successful applicants must exhibit evidence through their application materials that they have a strong likelihood of success in graduate school. Second, the application material and phone interviews must show that they have a sincere interest in the µEP graduate program as a potential home for their graduate education - an education designed to prepare them for lifelong career success in the broad field of micro to nano scale materials, processing and devices.

    The primary Application form is available on-line and supplies us with most of the information you need to be considered for our REU. In addition to the on-line information, we ask you to supply us with the faculty reference that is best able to judge your research talents, your potential success as a graduate student, and the level of career interest you have in the field of microelectronics-photonics and its evolution into the world of nanotechnology.

    This letter of reference should be sent in hard copy format with signature to:

    Dr. Shannon Servoss
    C/o MicroElectronics-Photonics Graduate Program
    107 Nano Building
    1 University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, AR 72701

    An electronic version of the letter may be sent in advance of the hardcopy as a file attachment to an email to

    You must also send Dr.Servoss an official copy of your transcript through the end of your last completed semester. Once again, an unofficial electronic copy of your transcript may be sent in advance of your hardcopy via email to

    We also ask for a current resume showing in summary form your educational and applicable life experiences to date. This resume should also be sent via email attachment to

    All on-line applications received before March 14th will receive full consideration for participation in the REU. Applications after that deadline may be considered to fill any additional positions. This REU has attracted significant attention in prior years, typically receiving almost four times the number of applications as the number of direct REU funded positions. We encourage all interested students to apply as early as possible.

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