Summer Micro/Nano REU Program Attracts Student Research

Auburn University’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Micro/Nano-Structured Materials, Therapeutics and Devices has been awarded a $330,000 by the National Science Foundation, renewing the program for three years. The 10-week summer research program is offered to 10 participants and organized by Auburn chemical engineering faculty members Mark Byrne and Steve Duke.

“Our program continues to bring amazing talent and new ideas into Auburn laboratories, giving many students their very first research experience,” said Duke, who is an Alumni associate professor. “

The REU provides a program to a diverse group of undergraduate students from four-year institutions and community colleges who have limited opportunities to engage in research activities. Each participant is paired with a faculty mentor from chemical engineering, chemistry, mechanical and materials engineering, polymer and fiber engineering, pharmacy or biosystems engineering to work in their laboratories on interdisciplinary projects focused on micro- and nano-material science and technology.

“We have assembled a group of faculty that excels in research and student mentorship as well a number of excellent professional development lecturers, which are the heart of this program” said Byrne, who is the Daniel F. and Josephine Breeden associate professor. “We are excited that the NSF has renewed our program and look forward to working with undergraduate students from across the nation. This program will give students a chance to discover and learn, as well as direct them toward advanced technical careers.”

Students have the opportunity to live together in a unique residence hall environment within a five-minute walk to Auburn’s campus. Each student receives a $4,500 stipend for participating in the REU program and an additional $1,400 to cover the cost of meals and housing.

In addition to research, students are introduced to skills such as literature search and review, advanced laboratory techniques, written and oral presentation and research design. Students will also participate in weekly workshops to discuss the importance of academic and professional development.

For more information and to apply to the summer 2011 REU session, visit www.eng.auburn.edu/micronanoreu. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2011