UMass Amherst


The 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) in Nanoscale Science & Engineering

June 1 - August 8, 2015

If you're interested in nanotechnology and want to get a head start on an exciting career, then apply today to the SURE program--a ten-week summer undergraduate research program in Nanoscale Device Development at UMass Amherst. You will work on real cutting-edge research projects with faculty mentors and graduate student lab mates as you build your own scientific foundation for the future.

Funded through the National Science Foundation, we offer a competitive stipend, free lodging and a travel to campus, and activities and events for outside the lab. You simply can't afford not to take advantage of this opportunity.

Women and underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply. Undergraduate majors in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Physics, and Polymer Science & Engineering are recommended for the program.

Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.


2015 SURE REU Projects

A. Responsive polymer nanostructures

B. Environmental Impact of Nanoparticles

C. Polymeric Anion Exchange Membranes

D. Organic and Polymer Single-Crystalline Solar Cells

E. Polymers for use in Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting

F. Modeling Self-Limited Assemblies of Chiral Nanofilaments
    (Joint participation in the SMaRT Program, see project abstract)

G. Molecular Modeling of Polymer Translocation
    (Joint participation in the SMaRT Program, see project abstract)

H.Nanoparticle-based sensing of proteins, bacteria, and human cells

I. Drug, DNA, and siRNA delivery to cells using gold nanoparticles

J. Integrating top-down nanofabrication processes with bottom-up nanoparticle assembly

K. Synthetic cell penetrating peptide mimics

L. Novel hydrogels with tunable properties


For questions, please contact the SURE Program Coordinator at


2014 Group Photo

Jessica in the biology lab

Dorm room
Typical Dorm Room

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