Applications are now being accepted for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs at the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) at Northwestern University, as well as the Soft & Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental Resource (SHyNE) at Northwestern University. 

The IIN has provided over 400 students with a glimpse into the life of a scientific researcher, as well as opportunities to meet and work with world-renowned scientists.  The SHyNE Resource has developed a facilities/instrumentation‐focused REU.  Both programs provide an opportunity for students to learn new skills and enrich their research and learning experience. You can learn more about the IIN and SHyNE REU Programs by visiting or

Selected REU participants will engage in full-time research in an IIN or SHyNE project over a nine-week period in the summer (June 20 through August 18, 2023) and receive a $5,750 stipend, round-trip airfare, a meal plan, and housing in Northwestern dormitories.

The application deadline is Monday, February 13, 2023.

Deadline for applications is February 13, 2023

The following items are required in order to complete your application:

1)  A Personal Statement, no more than 500 words, describing your academic and career goals and how the REU program will help you to achieve these goals.  (You will be asked to type this into a text field, but you might want to draft your statement in advance).

2)  Your current GPA.

3)  A copy of your unofficial transcripts in pdf, jpeg, gif, tiff, or png format.

4)  Email address for two references.  A letter will be automatically sent to each recommender when you submit your application.  Please notify your contacts in advance to ask if they are willing to submit a letter of reference for you.

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is at least 18 years old, majoring in the physical sciences or engineering, with at least one year left to complete your degree. Participants are selected based upon academic achievement and scientific interests. Efforts are also made to include students from smaller schools where research equipment and opportunities might not be available, and to encourage participation by young women and other groups typically underrepresented in science and engineering.