Nanoscience Concentration

Nanoscience involves the ability to see and to control individual atoms and molecules and can be applied across all other science fields, such as biology, chemistry, materials science, physics and engineering. The Nanoscience concentration at UW-Stout includes an introduction to the main principles and concepts of nanotechnology with an exploration of the societal and environmental impact of nanotechnology across a vast array of fields including health care, manufacturing, environment, biotechnology, energy and food production, and information technology. Students will be immersed in laboratory-based nanoscience courses that include the basic techniques and theory of modern characterization methods of nanomaterials. Some of these techniques include electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, diffraction spectroscopy and emission spectroscopy. 

Internship Opportunity

The 2012 National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

(2012 NNIN REU)
sponsored by The National Science Foundation (NSF), NNIN and Industry

Please note there are three deadlines for our application!!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
8 PM Eastern / 5 PM Pacific

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
8 PM Eastern / 5 PM Pacific

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
All application components must be received by this date!

Monday, March 12th, 2012 (via email)

During the summer of 2012, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN REU) Program from June through August. Engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on nanotechnology are eligible to apply (see restrictions and eligibility requirements below).

The chosen undergraduates taking part in this ten-week program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research, with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences. We will also host a small number of projects studying the social and ethical issues (SEI) of nanotechnology. The SEI projects are well suited to communications majors, as well as science majors.

All the research projects are designed and supervised by the faculty and technical staff at the participating NNIN research facilities. Interns then work with faculty and graduate students on projects, using the unique resources offered at their award site. (Due to the complexity of coordinating fourteen sites and approximately 85 internships, applicants cannot choose a preferred project, only a preferred research site and research focus.)

Find information on the NNIN sites at or

A scientific convocation, attended by all NNIN REU interns, is held in August to allow interns the opportunity to present their work to their peers in a concise scientific presentation. Interns also must complete a written report, akin to a research paper, summarizing the findings of their research project. These reports are published as the NNIN REU Research Accomplishments and distributed to the interns and sites, NSF and many others.

Find the research accomplishments of past NNIN REU programs at

Participants receive a $4,000 stipend, plus housing and all reasonable travel expenses to their research site and the convocation site. They may be responsible for their own meals. Full participation in the site program, network convocation and final reporting is mandatory.

Restrictions and Eligibility Requirements for the NNIN REU Program:

1] If you participated in a NNUN or NNIN Program in the past, you cannot participate again,

2] You must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident,

3] You must be 18 years of age or older,

4] You must have health insurance coverage for the summer,

5] You must not be graduating before the end of the program in August, and

6] You must not already have a four-year degree of any kind.

7] You must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.


Along with your completed ONLINE profile account and application forms, we require the following materials to be uploaded ONLINE by Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, 8 PM Eastern / 5 PM Pacific:

1. A Personal Essay. Your personal essay is critical to our selection process. It is through your words that we ascertain your 'fit' with our program. Please submit a well-written essay, 1-2 pages long, in which you discuss the relationship between your present studies and a career in engineering or scientific research. As preparation, you may wish to discuss your career interests with one or more professors, and include any insights you gain from these discussions, and any other sources, which explain how this program might help you prepare for your future. Explain any relevant honors and awards that you have received as well as any prior research experience. Discuss any particular research field you are most interested in. If you do not believe your grades reflect your potential, please explain them in this essay.

2. A ONE-PAGE Resume. This resume should focus on your scientific achievements and activities. List any honors and awards that you have received that are relevant, as well as any prior research experience.

In addition, the following must be uploaded ONLINE by Wednesday, February 15th, 2012, 8 PM Eastern / 5 PM Pacific:

3. ONE Letter of Recommendation from a member of faculty who knows you well and can comment with authority on your research potential. OR, if you can identify a person better qualified to evaluate your abilities, i.e., a graduate student TA, a co-op adviser or industry mentor, please feel free to have that person write your recommendation. Recommendations MUST be submitted online by your recommender. Follow the instructions on the appropriate application web page to register your recommender(s). TWO recommendations are acceptable, but not necessary.

Finally, ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS must be received by Thursday, February 16th, 2012. Most especially:

4. If you are a citizen of another country AND a Permanent Resident of the USA, you MUST include a copy of your Green Card (both sides) in your application materials. You may snail mail the copy or email it to Ms. Mallison as a PDF attachment.

(If you are a citizen of another country and you ARE NOT a Permanent Resident, you are not eligible for our program! Sorry!)



Please read the Advices & FAQs,

You should receive at least two automatic emails when you apply online, and you will also receive personal emails from Ms. Mallison when your application arrives, and when it is complete. If you do NOT receive the auto-emails or do NOT hear from Ms. Mallison, SOMETHING IS WRONG!! Email Ms. Mallison to figure out what that something is.

The online application can be found at OR if you cannot apply online, email your street address to Ms. Mallison and she will mail you a paper copy.

PLEASE NOTE: We no longer require an official transcript as part of your application. However! If and when you accept an NNIN REU internship offer, you will then be required to submit an official transcript to Ms. Mallison, before your official award letter can be sent to you. The fastest way to get this transcript to Ms. Mallison is to request a e-script, or if your institution does not offer those, then ask for an official transcript in a sealed envelop and mail that to her, priority mail. Your internship award is contingent on your declared coursework matching the coursework in your transcript, so the sooner Ms. Mallison receives the document, the sooner your internship will be secure!

Good Luck! And again, thank you for your interest in our program.

Find the application at:

Concentration Adviser

John Kirk, Ph.D.
334C Jarvis Hall - Science Wing
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751