Education and Outreach - REU Ad 2014

College Science Teachers and Students
Unique Nanoscience Research Opportunity
(Summer 2014)

The University of Nebraska hosts a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) entitled Quantum and Spin Phenomena in Nanomagnetic Structures. The MRSEC is funded by the National Science Foundation and involves faculty and students from Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering in state-of-the-art research on nanoscale ferroic materials, and offers many opportunities for scientists and students to become involved. We anticipate having three pairs (one professor and one undergraduate student per pair) from four-year colleges or universities to become engaged in this research during the summer of 2014. Summer stipends will be provided, and it is anticipated that the collaboration will continue during the 2014/2015 academic year.
The summer stipend for the professorial member of the pair will be $6,000 per month for up to two full months of full-time commitment to the MRSEC project. The student will receive $450/week plus room and board for up to 10 weeks of commitment to the project.

The selected Professor/Student pairs will become involved in one of the following research thrusts:

  • Novel magnetic clusters and cluster-assembled nanocomposites
  • Magnetic nanostructures controlled by external stimuli
  • Ultra-high-sensitivity magnetometry of nanostructures
  • Self-assembled magnetic nanostructures
  • Magnetization dynamics of nanomagnetic structures
  • Electrically-controlled exchange bias and novel piezomagnetic materials
  • Ferroelectric and multiferroic tunnel junctions
  • Electron and spin transport in magnetic nanojunctions
  • “Seed” thrusts in multiferroics in complex oxide heterostructures, magnetic nanoparticles based therapeutics, and memristive behavior in oxide heterostructures.

The Professor and student should send a single application packet that includes:

  • Full curriculum vitae (both professor and student)
  • Brief description of the student’s anticipated career path
  • First, second, and third choices of research thrusts (same for student and professor)
  • One page statement of expectations regarding how this research experience will impact education and research efforts at the applicants’ home institution

Application deadline: March 15, 2014

For more information, please contact:
Professor Jeffrey Shield
Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0656
Tel: (402) 472-2378

Professor Student Pair