REU: Emergent Quantum Materials and Technology (EQUATE)

Find your place in the new quantum revolution! 

For information contact

Jodi Sangster

Outreach Coordinator, EPSCoR

Funding Source

NSF 2044049

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Undergraduate quantum materials researchers sharing their summer projects. From left to right: John Kunkee, Patrick Osborne, Savanna Richardson, and Jackson Savage.
Undergraduate quantum materials researchers sharing their summer projects. From left to right: John Kunkee, Patrick Osborne, Savanna Richardson, and Jackson Savage.

Who should apply

Related fields

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Nanoscience
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Engineering
  • Physics


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

Emergent Quantum Materials and Technologies (EQUATE) is a $20 million NSF-funded project placing Nebraska researchers in the second quantum revolution. This project focuses on research and workforce development to advance knowledge on topics related to quantum materials, technologies, and computation. These new technologies will revolutionize fields such as information technology, medicine, meteorology, and cryptography, with an impact on security areas such as defense and banking.

EQUATE consolidates the quantum science and technology expertise of 20 faculty researchers across the four Nebraska research institutions, establishing collaboration and feedback between theory and experiment to guide discoveries and expedite the findings of new emergent quantum materials and phenomena.


  • Competitive stipend: $6,000
  • 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 and Aquarium
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Research symposium

Mentors and Projects

Prof. Xia Hong Physics and Astronomy

Scanning probe microscopy studies of van der Waals materials

In this project, the student will participate in the preparation of two dimensional van der Waals materials and characterization using atomic force microscopy and piezoresponse force microscopy.

Prof. Abdelghani Laraoui Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Nanoscale imaging of magnetic phenomena in solid-state materials using diamond quantum sensors

A wide range of new materials showing exciting magnetic phenomena have been discovered over the past few decades. However, current characterization techniques do not provide the combined spatial resolution and sensitivity required to fully map their properties at the nanometer scale. A new technique has emerged for measuring physical properties (magnetic, optical, electrical…) at the nanoscale with the potential to increase sensitivity and resolution well beyond existing methods. This technology uses small diamond sheets engineered to contain nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers. In this project, students will use NV microscopy to characterize materials and compare to results obtained using current characterization techniques such as magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Students will also learn new skills in quantum optics, microwave electronics, and device nanofabrication.

Prof. Xiaoshan Xu Physics and Astronomy

Magnetism of spin-crossover organic thin films

In this project, the student will learn to carry out growth, structural, transport, and magnetic characterization of organic thin films with spin-crossover transitions.