National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

Summer Texas Nanofabrication Facility REU program

"To advance research in nanoscale science, engineering and technology, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide a total of $81 million over five years to support 16 sites as part of a new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure. The NNCI sites will provide researchers from academia, government, and companies large and small with access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. The NNCI framework builds on the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, which enabled major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce for more than 10 years."


Summer 2020 applications are now closed.


NNCI Research Experience for Undergraduate program opens up one (1) position for a Societal and Ethical Implications (SEI) research project and (4) positions for Engineering research projects.

Research Project Examples

  • Nanometrology: Fiber Flow Rate Sensors using Thermally Drawn Multimaterial Fluidic Channel Fibers
  • Materials Epitaxy: Optical Characterization of AlInAsSb Digital Alloy Films
  • Optoelectronics: Simulation and Nanofabrication for Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
  • Integrated Photonics: Tablet Analysis and Display of Semiconductor Biosensors
  • Mechanical Devices: Microfabrication and Testing of Directional Piezoelectric Microphones using Aluminum Nitride
  • Materials Chemistry: Improvement of Sodium-Ion Batteries using Solution-Grown Germanium Nanowire anodes
  • SEI project with Prof. LeeAnn Kahlor : The Societal and Ethical Implications of Nanofabrication: Research and Training



  • $4,500 Stipend, housing provided, travel allowance, social activities


Application Requirements (online)

1. Please register for the REU program using the NNCI - TNF REU registration form.

2. Please submit the following materials using the online upload widget.

  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. One Letter of Recommendation (from college faculty member) sent through the widget
  3. Copy of Academic Transcript
  4. Proof of Insurance (either now or after your application has been accepted but before the start date)



  1. Sophomore, Junior, or non-graduating Senior
  2. U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  3. GPA of 3.0 or greater (out of 4.0)
  4. Non-UT Austin students


Application Status and program dates

Deadline for sending complete application is Jan 31st, 2020. Please be sure to note in your application that you are interested in the SEI or Engineering projects. Offer letter for the selected applicant will be sent not later than March 15th, 2020. Convocation with all REU NNCI interns will be announced later.


Previous REUs: 2018 REU |  2017 REU | 2016 REU | REU 2015


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Thursday, October 25, 2018