The 2022 CNF REU!


The 2022 CNF REU Calendar, Updated June 16th [PDF]



Undergraduate CNF User restrictions start with Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. cleanroom access. No evenings or weekends. After 50 hours of lab time, reasonable tool usage, and demonstration of safe lab practices, undergraduate may be granted “extended access” — Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Still no weekends. After 100 hours of lab usage and reasonable tool usage, undergrads may be granted full access privileges 24/7, weekends allowed. Talk to Phil Infante, CNF Lab Safety Manager, when you feel you are close to the 50 hour / 100 hour lab time marks. He will determine if your next access level is appropriate.



The Cornell Center for Materials Reseach (CCMR) sponsors Next Gen Research & Professional Development Talks throughout the summer. The talks are open to all Cornell REU students (ONLY!) and will take place in 700 Clark Hall on Thursdays at 12PM EDT.

Note that the two CCMR talks below are mandatory for the CNF REU and the rest are listed here.

Thursday, July 7th (REQUIRED FOR CNF REU)

Presentation is 12:00-1:00pm
Lunch is 1:00-2:00pm

Prof. David Muller, Department Applied and Engineering Physics
Ethics Presentation

Starting from a case study of scientific misconduct, the Hendrik Schön case at Bell Labs, where Dr. Muller was working that the time, the human and intellectual cost of scientific misconduct will be discussed in a group setting. The workshop will also discuss how scientists can give back to society—issues ranging from choosing research that is meaningful to conveying science to the government and society at large.

Thursday, July 21st (REQUIRED FOR CNF REU)

Presentation is 12:00-1:15pm
Lunch is 1:15-2:00pm

Prof. Melissa Hines, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Scientific Presentation Skills

All students will attend an interactive workshop on public speaking and scientific presentation. Topics covered include: how to improve your communication skills, how to give a presentation that effectively illustrates the focus of your research, and how to avoid common pitfalls.





Mr. Sean Anderson
Electrical Engineering, Morgan State University
CNF REU PI: Farhan Rana
CNF Mentor: Arjan Singh
PI Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
CNF REU Project Title: Fabrication and Characterization of Superconducting Microwave Resonators for Quantum Optical Networks

Mr. Rodolfo (Rudy) Cantu
Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
CNF REU PI: Amal El-Ghazaly
CNF REU Mentor: Ludovico Cestarollo
PI Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
CNF REU Project Title: Fabrication of Flexible Braille Display with Integrated Magnetic Controls

Ms. Zeinab Ismail
Physics, St. John’s University
CNF REU PI: Sadaf Sobhani
CNF REU Mentor: Giancarlo D’Orazio
PI Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
CNF REU Project Title: Advanced Microscale 3D Printing

Ms. Eryka Kairo
Physics/Biomedical Engineering, Seton Hall University
CNF REU PI: Warren Zipfel
CNF REU Mentor: Jack Crowley
PI Department: Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
CNF REU Project Title: Microfluidic Handling of DNA for Efficient Spatial Genomics Research

Ms. Rachel Qian
Chemical Engineering, Villanova University
CNF REU PI: Sriramya Nair
CNF REU Mentor: Lyn Zemberekci
PI Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
CNF REU Project Title: Investigating the Electrokinetic Behavior of Cement-Based and Alternative Cementitious Materials

Ms. Elisa Simoni
Engineering Physics/Electrical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
CNF REU PI: Jim Engstrom
CNF REU Mentor: Jay Vishnu Swarup
PI Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
CNF REU Project Title: You will Ru(e) the Day: Developing Area-Selective Processes to Enable Ru-Based Interconnect at the 2 nm Node and Beyond