2019 Research Experiences for Undergraduates


A REU student moving silicon wafers into a high temperature furnace for processing.


A silicon wafer being loaded for photo-reflectance measurements as a function of wavelength.


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at the Nanotechnology Collaborative Infra­structure Southwest (NCI-SW) at ASU is a stimulating nine-week summer research program for undergraduates from accredited community colleges and universities. As the southwest regional hub of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), the NCI-SW will offer REU participants the opportunity to work with nationally recognized scholars in micro- and nanoscale research and leaders in science education.


  • Explore the world of the very small in a variety of state-of-the-art laboratories
  • Conduct research with the nation’s top nanotechnology scientists
  • Gain new skills and valuable experience
  • Establish long-term relationships with faculty, staff and graduate students


For synergistic reasons, this non-resident program will run in parallel with another REU at ASU that is focused on advanced solar energy research. This provides opportunities to also learn about another exciting engineering topic.


Program Details


  • Runs May 29 – July 25, 2019 (5 days a week except for July 4 holiday)
  • Stipend – $5,000 (paid in 3 installments)
  • Non-resident program (housing not provided)



Eligibility Requirements


  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university with at least one year completed by May 2019, and at least one more semester from graduation after the summer.
  • Graduating seniors or students already with a 4-year baccalaureate degree are not eligible. However, students graduating in Spring 2019 with an Associate degree from a 2-year college will be eligible if accepted for transfer to a 4-year degree program by April 15, 2019.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Prohibited from taking courses or working while participating in the program.
  • Must be available to attend the entire nine-week program, beginning on the start date.
  • ASU students are not eligible; they are encouraged to apply to REU programs at other sites of the NNCI (click here for details).



Application Requirements

Deadline: March 1, 2019, 5:00 pm MT


  • Applicants must submit by the deadline a completed application form, a copy of their transcripts (unofficial accepted), and two letters of recommendation.
  • All material must be submitted/uploaded online via the Apply Here Now link provided below. However, in the event a recommender would rather send in the letter directly instead of providing it to the applicant, the recommender may email it to Ray Tsui (email: Raymond.Tsui@asu.edu). In such a case, the applicant should upload a document containing the name of the recommender to the online form.
  • All uploaded documents should be named starting with the applicant’s last name (for instance: Smith_Unofficial Transcript_#1.docx)
  • Note that the application form will only save a submission for 24 hours in the active browser. Preview the questions and collect all the necessary documents for uploading prior to filling out the application.
  • Upon acceptance into the program, proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency will be required. Where applicable, proof of acceptance to a 4-year degree program will also be required.


Award notifications will be sent out in early April.



For More Information

Contact: Ray Tsui (email: Raymond.Tsui@asu.edu)
Education Outreach Coordinator

Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure-Southwest (NCI-SW)
Arizona State University
PO Box 875706, Tempe, AZ 85287-5706