REU: Nanohybrid Functional Materials

Join our summer program and participate in interdisciplinary research aimed at blending electronic, optical, biological and chemical materials at the nanoscale to generate a new class of functional materials and devices!

For information contact

Dr. Natale Ianno
Professor in Electrical  and Computer Engineering
Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials

Nanohybrid REU students presenting their work at the student symposium.
Nanohybrid REU students presenting their work at the student symposium.

Application Dates

Nov 15 2016 App opens
February 1 Priority deadline
March 1 App closes
April 1 Decisions complete

Program Dates

June 4 2017 Arrival day
June 5 Program begins
August 9 Program ends
August 10 Departure day

Who should apply

Related fields

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Materials Science
  • Most engineering disciplines


Participation in the Nebraska Summer Research Program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree

See Eligibility for more information.

How to apply

Follow the application steps to submit the following materials.

About the Program

The Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials (CNFM) offers a 10-week summer research fellowship which students will bring together students within multidisciplinary teams from electrical, and material science engineering, as well as chemistry to create intensive, multi-disciplinary research experiences in the design, fabrication, and application of transformative devices based on nano-engineered surface-enhanced materials with multifunctional properties. 

The research activities are designed not only to develop skills germane to the student’s field of study, but also to demonstrate how one project fits into a larger, more complex system. Students will be able to complete their projects within the ten-week time frame of the summer program, and a see how their research results address questions within the larger team led by the collaborating CNFM mentors. Most importantly, the student but will have significant and independent responsibilities in the research project. 

The REU Site participants will undertake individual research projects that necessarily involve all aspects of research: formulation of a problem, development of a research plan to solve this problem, materials fabrication and processing, characterization, and data analysis and interpretation. After proper training, the REU participant will conduct experiments in the laboratory under supervision. Research results will be presented during individual and CNFM group meetings throughout the summer and at the end-of-summer Nebraska Summer Research Symposium. 

Colton Peterson working in Prof. Ming Han's lab.
Colton Peterson working in Prof. Ming Han's lab.


  • Competitive stipend: $5,000
  • Suite-style room and meal plan
  • Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
  • Campus parking and/or bus pass
  • Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
  • Wireless internet access

Learn more about academic and financial benefits.


  • Department seminars and presentations
  • Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)
  • Welcome picnic
  • Day trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Canoe and camping trip
  • Research symposium