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Cornell Center for Materials Research REU Program

Career Advancement Program for Engineers and Scientists (CAPES)


The CCMR Career Advancement Program for Engineers and Scientists (CCMR CAPES) is designed to improve the competitiveness of Cornell graduate students and postdoctoral scholars entering the workforce, in part by providing training in the important "real-world" skills that are often overlooked in traditional graduate programs, such as public speaking, proposal writing, and effective interview techniques. The CAPES program will also give students a realistic and unbiased view of academic and non-academic career opportunities.

Research Experience for Teachers (Team-RET & Independent-RET)

Using scanning electron microscope

Team-RET provides middle school, high school and community college math and science teachers with an intense, six-week period of in-depth  study at the CCMR laboratories with facility managers, faculty, and graduate students. In the Team-RET program, five select science teachers  spend the first five weeks primarily in the CCMR Shared Facilities. They work together as a team to understand how the equipment in the facility  works and to solve research problems set out by the facility manager. The sixth week is dedicated to developing a materials science related  lesson plan based on their experience in the facilities. Copies of Team-RET alumni lesson plans can be found on our RET Modules page.

We will also be offering an Independent-RET program in 2019. This opportunity is only available to teachers who have completed the  CCMR Team-RET program.

To be eligible for the Team-RET program you must be a US citizen or permanent resident and teach math, science or technology in in a US middle school, high school or community college.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Summer Research at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
2019 REU dates: Monday, June 3 – Friday, August 9, 2019

The Cornell Center for Materials Research is offering a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in 2019. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on interdisciplinary materials research projects involving chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering disciplines. Students will also participate in an organized program of lectures, laboratory visits and a variety of recreational activities.

The 10-week program takes place on Cornell’s Ithaca campus and includes: a stipend valued at $4,600; housing in a Cornell University dorm; and additional travel funds for non–CU students.

    REU is open to current undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and fulfill the following application requirements:

  •        Two Letters of Recommendation
  •         Recent School Transcripts
  •         Statement of Interest

    Selection is based on academic standing and faculty recommendations.
    Minority and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
    All chemistry, physics, and engineering majors are welcome to apply.
    Housing is provided; meals are not included.
    The CCMR REU Program uses a rolling admission process beginning in October 15th, until positions are filled.

Please note: the REU application is hosted on a third-party site.

If you have any questions regarding the REU program, please contact

Support for the REU program is provided by the NSF MRSEC program (DMR-1120296) and the REU Site program (DMR-1063059).

Nev Singhota Director of EPO
Cornell Center for Materials Research
Cornell University 631
Clark Hall Ithaca, NY 14853
t. 607.255.1486
f. 607.255.3957

Education Program Type: 
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)