San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI) REU

General Info

The 2022 Application Period is closed.

Applications for the 2023 REU Summer Program will be accepted starting November 2022. Please check back later.


The San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI) contributes to the development of nanoscience, nanoengineering, and nanotechnology education by providing: Training of students (undergraduates and graduates), postdoctoral fellows, and more senior researchers, including engineers working in industry who are new to nanofabrication and characterization. Engagement of students and educators in community colleges and vocational schools, especially those serving large numbers of students who are members of underrepresented minority (URM) groups. Dissemination of new knowledge relevant to nanotechnology practitioners and to the general public.

Program Highlights

The SDNI-REU offers a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduates at UC San Diego. Students are paired with leading researchers in science and engineering fields. Research areas include: NanoBioMedicine, NanoPhotonics, and NanoMagnetics. The goal is to prepare students for advanced studies in a Ph.D. program. Participants are paid a $4,500 stipend, housing, and up to $500 in travel expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students from bioengineering, material science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, photonics, engineering physics, bio-physics, biology, physics, computer science, and engineering backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Students from racial or ethnic minority groups, low-income family backgrounds, first generation U.S. citizens, community college and first generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Be entering their junior or senior year in college and not scheduled to graduate before September 2021.

Application Information

  • An online completed Application Form
  • Unofficial transcripts of all previous college work or university work, including work in progress.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor in your major field.

Acknowledgment Of Funding Sources

The SDNI REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation grant# ECCS 2025752.