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Summer Research at Harvard for Undergraduates

We are pleased to announce opportunities for undergraduate researchers to work on ten-week summer research projects in Nanogeosciences at Harvard University. The Nanogeosciences NIRT (Nanosciences Interdisciplinary Research Team) based at Harvard University is an interdisciplinary partnership that investigates the role of materials and processes at the nanoscale that regulate the earth's environment. Partners in this National Science Foundation-funded research include investigators from Harvard University, Arizona State University, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Research projects address the following areas:

    • the fate of pollutants in soil, air and water, with a focus on biogeochemical understanding,
    • the thermodynamics and kinetics of environmental particles,
    • molecular simulations of environmental processes.

The summer program provides undergraduates with first-hand experiences of a career in science while exposing them to cutting-edge research. Each REU project has a clearly identifiable research goal at a level appropriate for undergraduate study during the ten week summer program.

Participants have the unique opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment with highly talented scientific mentors. Most experimental projects involve hands-on research in one or more of the state-of-the-art central instrumentation facilities with training and supervision provided by expert technical staff.

Students in the Nanogeosciences REU (http://nanogeosciences.deas.harvard.edu/) will be part of a larger, diverse research community through organized and informal interactions with students, mentors, and faculty in the REU programs of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) based at Harvard University. Professional development seminars and community activities are integrated into the program. Students receive a stipend and travel allowance.

Current Research Opportunities

We invite students with research interest to work with us in the following laboratory facilities and research groups:

Application Process

  • How to apply.

    Apply online at http://www.reusite.deas.harvard.edu/application. Please specify that you are applying for the NIRT in Nanogeosciences.


  • Deadline.

    Applications for 2006 REU Program are due by Monday, February 27, 2006.


  • Contact.

    For more information contact Dr. Kathryn A. Hollar, Director of Educational Programs, at:
    Pierce Hall Room 206A . Harvard University . 29 Oxford Street . Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
    Tel: (617)496-7479 . Fax: (617)495-2875 . e-mail: hollar@deas.harvard.edu
    E-mail inquiries are encouraged. The MRSEC, NSEC, & the Nanogeosciences NIRT are supported through the auspices of the National Science Foundation. Information on other NSF undergraduate research opportunities can be found on the web at http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/start.htm.

Background image showing AFM deflection mode micrographs and height mode cross-sections showing the effect of O2 at pH = 9.0 on the (1014) face of FeCO3. (A) Anoxic solution at pH = 4.6. (B) Micrographs recorded 21 hours after exposure to O2 at pH = 9.2. Higher resolution micrographs collected for regions indicated by white boxes in the top images are shown in the middle images. Small hillock precipitates (10-20 nm height by 100-200 nm diameter) form preferentially at step sites, as indicated by arrows in cross-section analysis (bottom).

Last update: November 29, 2006