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Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nano-Bio

Materials Science and Engineering

Sponsored by National Science Foundation

June 1- July 24, 2020

No Application Fee

Application Deadline: March 17 2020 (Accepting Applications)

Tuskegee University Research Experience for Undergraduates in  Nano-Bio Materials Science and Engineering

funded by the National Science Foundation

Tuskegee University’s Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site is focused on training undergraduate students for a 10-week period each summer in the fields of Nano-Bio Materials Science and Engineering under the mentorship of interdisciplinary research faculty and their Ph.D. students. Research activities are focused on a wide range of important areas including synthesis of nanoparticles for biomedical applications and antimicrobial properties, nanosensors for detection of salmonella enterica, nanoscale drug delivery system for treatment of solid tumors, and structure-property relationship of nano-bio composites. Involvement of students in these challenging and meaningful research areas with minority Ph.D. students as mentors will have a significant impact on their decision to pursue graduate studies and STEM based careers. REU students also participate in several unique activities including 2-credit hour “Introduction to Research Course” and training on “Graduate Record Examination (GRE)”. Students will learn critical thinking, qualitative reasoning, mathematical, analytical and research skills through these activities that will be integral in their transition toward graduate studies and STEM careers. Site activities will also support student professional development including professional seminars by role models, field trips to local industrial sites, summer presentations and workshops.

REU students recieved awards in NaoBio Summit poster presentation competition on July 17- 18, 2018 at Montgomery Alabama.

Tuskegee University (TU) has, over the years with support from National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal agencies, developed a program of research and education in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), which is not only very comprehensive but also very effective in recruiting, motivating, mentoring and graduating students with advanced degrees in MSE. The program has produced largest number minority PhDs in MSE of which over 50 percent are females. Through this Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site funded by the NSF, Tuskegee University establishes a pipeline to expose undergraduates from four-year and community colleges in Alabama to research environment. The research projects chosen in Nano-Bio Materials Science and Engineering is an area of high national interest that is vital for the technological developments in engineering, science and medicine. Involvement of students in these emerging research areas with faculty from various disciplines and existing on-campus multidisciplinary research and education centers will enable them to develop skills needed to excel in academia and STEM careers. Minority Ph.D. students as mentors, deans of various colleges at TU and MSE minority Ph.D. alumni as seminar speakers will not only serve as role models, but also build confidence and motivate these students to pursue graduate studies in STEM areas. The planned workshops, summer presentations and field trips give students a broader appreciation and an incentive for pursing graduate studies in STEM disciplines.


This REU Site is supported by the Office of Special Programs, Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation.

Interested candidate's should complete the application form online or offline and submit an official transcript, personal statement and two recommendation letters. The completed materials should be submitted by email/fax/or post mail before March 17 to

Dr. Shaik Zainuddin

Program Director

103 Chappie James Center, Tuskegee Institute, AL 36088


Phone: (334)7244222, Fax: (334) 7244224


Dr. Shaik Jeelani

Vice- President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies

Director, Center for Advanced Materials


Phone: (334)7278970, Fax: (334) 7244224