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NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates in

“Novel Materials and Processing in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering”


The Departments of Chemical Engineering, Bio-Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to announce its Summer Research Fellowship Program for 2005. Twelve fellowships are sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Summer fellows will have the opportunity to conduct research in Novel Materials and Processing in chemical and biomedical engineering in an academic setting. This program welcomes students in Science and Engineering.

The location of UIC in the heart of Chicago offers a particularly advantageous situation for engineering and science students because of the enormous amount of chemical industry and medical institutions in the Chicago area. UIC is the only public engineering school in the city. The UIC Engineering Departments have grown rapidly with highly active faculty members, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. We are located in the east campus of UIC.


The projects span a broad range of topics

bullet Product and Process Engineering for Biological Applications
bullet Atomic scale investigations of high dielectric constant nanostructures
bullet Biological Surface Modification for Implantable medical devices
bullet Micropatterned Substrates for Controlling Growth and Neurite Extension of Retinal Neurons
bullet Experimental Investigation of Fluid Behavior in Nanochannels
bullet Microwave assisted fluidized bed synthesis of catalytic nanolayers

Emphasis will be placed on using state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities. Special events such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, visits to local industries, and socials are planned throughout the summer.


Program Description

bullet Participants work for a summer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, collaborating with faculty and staff on current research projects on novel materials and processing in chemical and biomedical engineering.
bullet Open to students who are not graduating before December 2005. US citizenship or permanent residence is required.
bullet Selection is based on applicant’s academic standing, a brief statement of interest, and a faculty reference.
bullet Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
bullet Award includes: $3,600 stipend, and up to $300 for travel. Financial assistance of up to $1,100 is available for campus housing; this should cover the full housing expense.
bullet The program ends on August 5, 2005; the preferred starting date is May 31, 2005.

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