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Overview of the UNM REU Program

The NSMS REU program pays for the majority of student expenses - travel (up to $600), on-campus housing, a competitive $5,000 stipend,  the cost of most activities - and focuses on the development of strong student-mentor relationships as well as laboratory and  research skills. The program offers a range of recreational activities and opportunities to experience New Mexico.

The NSMS REU Program has projects ideal for students interested in nanotechnology and materials science. Projects generally fall into three major areas:
  • Nanoscience of Biosystems
  • Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion
  • Microsystems


The UNM REU Program was established in 1995 and has been consistently awarded NSF (National Science Foundation) grant funding. The program is currently in its 8th renewal (2016 - 2018) and has recently expanded its focus to include broader areas of Nanoscience and Microsystems. Eligible students (must be a US citizen or permanent resident, currently enrolled in a college or university and attending in the Fall Semester following REU participation) are welcome to begin the application process by completing our convenient web-based form. Begin Application Process