Columbia University Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer 2017

The joint Materials Research Center program at Columbia University and City College of NY (CCNY) supports support outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows each year. In addition, a joint Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program between Columbia and the City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) may have additional openings. Those selected will have an opportunity to participate fully in an interdisciplinary research program that draws faculty from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, nearby government laboratories (Brookhaven National Laboratory), and industry (IBM).

The materials research program encompasses two research thrusts around the theme of building higher dimensional materials from lower dimensional structures with unprecedented levels of control. The first thrust combines two-dimensional layered materials such as graphene into layered heterostructures; the second combines molecular ‘superatoms’ into three-dimensional solids.  Both thrusts are built around techniques pioneered by the team, and bring together researchers with diverse capabilities, strong accomplishments, and a record of collaboration. Additional Summer Research Fellows in related areas will also be available.

During the program, all REU students will be involved in workshops, visits to local industry, recreational activities, a symposium of presentations by students, and other activities. It will include training in: laboratory practices and safety; shared materials characterization tools; and scientific writing/presentations. Students attend a weekly research seminar series by Columbia, CCNY and ASRC faculty, and present results at a daylong symposium at the end of the program.

Summer 2017 research areas available:

  • 2D material interfaces and heterostructures
  • Correlated materials and superconductivity
  • Fabrication and characterization of nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices
  • Magnetic materials
  • Materials theory
  • Molecular cluster synthesis
  • Nanoassembly
  • Optical characterization & devices
  • Self-assembling materials
  • Thermoelectric materials

Summer 2017 program dates: May 28, 2017 – August 5, 2017
Application deadline: February 15, 2017


  • $4,000 stipend, campus housing (worth $2,700) and a modest travel stipend
  • Hands on research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Training in laboratory practices and safety
  • Faculty/Peer Mentoring
  • Weekly research seminar series by Columbia U. and CCNY faculty
  • Exposure to workshops, visits to local industry, recreational activities, and other activities


  • Undergraduates (preference to juniors) majoring in engineering disciplines, materials science, biology, chemistry, physics and related fields
  • US citizenship or permanent residency is required
  • Women and minorities are encouraged to apply

Why choose Columbia’s Materials Research REU program?

  • Top-notch faculty mentors
  • Excellent materials science research facilities
  • Interaction with other summer program students at Columbia
  • Wonderful location in New York City

Summer 2017 dates: May 28, 2017 – August 5, 2017
Application deadline: February 15, 2017

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