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microEP REU SITE GRANT HAS COMPLETED. OTHER FUND SOURCES FOR INDIVIDUAL SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES MAY BECOME AVAILABLE. YOU MAY SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION USING THE REU APPLICATION IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED.
|Report Date:||Sunday, May 19, 2013: 1:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M|
|Check Out Date:||Friday, July 26, 2013|
|Stipend:||SET BY EACH FUNDED OPPORTUNITY|
|Application Deadline:||Wednesday, March 13, 2013|
Detailed Info (For Historical Reference Only)
The University of Arkansas will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site which will be funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The site will be based on micro/nano-science research and engineering which will be available during the Summer of 2012.
Participants of the 2012 microEP REU Program will arrive on campus on Sunday, May 20, 2012 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 20- July 27. Students should make travel plans to leave campus on Friday, July 27, 2012 , as an REU event will be scheduled on Thursday, July 26th.
The REU funding includes such things as the Dallas Road Trip to visit semiconductor industry plants (and spend a second day at Six Flags and the like), including REU students in an ethics graduate class during their stay, and becoming part of a complementary Research Experience for Teachers program.
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 microEP REU is one of six undergraduate research programs operating simultaneously on the UA campus.
- The Micro to Nanoscale Materials, Processing, and Devices interdisciplinary graduate program (http://microEP.uark.edu) Micro/Nano-Science Research and Engineering
- The Space and Planetary Sciences interdisciplinary grad program(http://spacecenter.uark.edu/97.htm) Astronomy, Space and Planetary Sciences
- The Cell and Molecular Biology interdisciplinary grad program(http://cemb.uark.edu/REU/index.htm) Applied Biotechnology in the Life Sciences
- The Mechanical Engineering department(http://www.meeg.uark.edu/reu.php)Nanomaterials and Nanomechanics
- The Electrical Engineering department(http://comp.uark.edu/~smithsco/REU/index.html) Wireless Sensor Networks
- The Biological Engineering department(http://ecoreu.uark.edu/)Assessment and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services
All students from these seven 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.
The REU application form allows students to enter information of their friends who are also applying for REU students for our information. At the end of the summer, we have found that many lasting friendships have been formed between students within the microEP 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 microEP faculty members late in the spring semester. An REU applicant is encouraged to visit microEP faculty members websites to select the research faculty they would prefer working with during the program.
To Apply (USE THIS APPLICATION FOR 2013 INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES)
This microEP REU site uses several criteria in selecting its applicants. 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 of the 2001 through 2008 microEP 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 microEP 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 and 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:
Professor Ken Vickers
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 email@example.com.
You must also supply the microEP REU management team an official copy of your transcript through the end of your last completed semester, sent to the address above. Once again, an unofficial electronic copy of your transcript may be sent in advance of your hardcopy via email to Renee Hearon.
We also ask for a current resume showing in summary form your educational and applicable life experiences to date. This resume should be sent via email attachment to Renee Hearon.
All on-line applications received before February 29th 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.