Apply for REU in Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Step 1: Apply & Upload Essay

Citizenship: *

Applicant must be either a United States Citizen or United States Legal Resident. Legal residents of the United States must provide documentation of their status.



List any academic or professional awards you have received, including scholarships, fellowships, prizes, awards, honorary societies, publications, inventions, or any other creative work.

Essay: *

Please upload a brief essay explaining why you are applying for this REU opportunity. If you have experience/working knowledge of unique laboratory skills, or experience with analytical instrumentation, please specify that in your essay. In addition, please indicate how many years of French language instruction you have completed (for students interested in the CEREGE research projects located in Aix-en-Provence, France). Finally, please discuss your future career plans after completing your undergraduate degree and specify whether you plan to pursue graduate school, medical school or a position in the private sector.

Projects of Interest:

Please select your top 3 choices from the list below.

#1 Nanoparticle Exposure, Transport and Transformation
#2 Quantitative Analysis of Carbon Nanomaterials in the Aquatic Environment
#3 Microbial Silver Resistance Development Following Exposure to Nanoparticles
#4 Ecosystem Impacts of Nanomaterials: Impacts of Nanomaterial Pollutants on Microbes and Plants
#5 Environmental Nanogeochemistry: Fate, Mobility and Bioavailability of Nanoscale Mercury and Other Metal Pollutants
#6 Nanoparticle Ecotoxicology: Effects of Transformations and Environmental Conditions on Particle Toxicity in Fish
#7 Nanoparticle Toxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans
#8 Toxicity Studies of Nanomaterials in Water: Using Small and Transparent Fish to Detect Uptake, Distribution and Response
#9 Photochemistry of Nanoparticles: Effect of UV and Sunlight on the Structure of Nanomaterials
#10 Nanomaterial Exposure Assessment: Trends in Nanomaterial Production Life Cycle Use, Disposal and Recovery
#11 Membrane fabrication for water treatment and desalination using nanomaterial composites and the release of nanomaterials from these composites
Carnegie Mellon:
#1 Microbial Interactions with Nanoparticles
#2 Environmental Nanobiogeochemistry: Impact of Natural Organic Matter and Physical and Chemical Transformations of Nanomaterials on their Environmental Fate
#3 Physicochemistry of Nanomaterials: Effect of Adsorbed Natural Organic Matter on Nanoparticle Interactions with Mineral and Biological Surfaces in the Environment
Virginia Tech:
#1 Nanoparticle Transformations under Environmental Conditions
#2 Nanoparticles in the Atmosphere
CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France:
#1 Aging of Nano-enabled Products Across a Salinity Gradient
#2 Imogolite: A Natural Analogue of Carbonaceous Nanoparticles Dispersed in Ecosystems

Step 2: Letters of Recommendation

List the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 2 references (3rd optional). These references should be professors, supervisors or professionals who are familiar with your work. Letters of reference should be emailed to Dr. Glenda Kelly at and should be received by February 28, 2015. Two letters of recommendation are required (third is optional).

Step 3: Transcripts

Upload Transcripts: 

Please upload or email (to your scanned transcript (official or unofficial is acceptable).

Additional Information:

Participants are required to have health insurance coverage for Summer 2015. Policy should cover hospitalization at research location (i.e., Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Virginia Tech or at the CEREGE in France).


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Contact Information

Dr. Glenda Kelly
Associate Director for Assessment and Outreach
+1 919 660 5575