Undergraduate Research Program at UC Berkeley

The COINS REU program ended in August 2014. Please visit the NSF REU Site for other research opportunities: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp

Each summer, motivated students from diverse backgrounds with interests in nanotechnology and nanoscience are matched with a COINS lab to work on a project as part of a research team. Research areas include labs in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and bioengineering.

In addition to daily engagement in the lab summer interns:

  • attend weekly seminars on topics related to academic advancement
  • participate in field trips that include the Bay Bridge Project
  • receive one on one advice regarding graduate school and the application and fellowship process
  • receive GRE study materials provided by Kaplan
  • develop a research paper & present their research in a poster session

Selected students will receive a $4,000 stipend, round trip travel costs (up to $600), room and board at the UC Berkeley International House and college course credit.

2014 REU Flyer

IBM Field Trip July 2012

In the Lab

Our students work with research teams on projects that cover the full spectrum of COINS research. At summer’s end, students often continue work on their project, and some students have been included in published papers.

Our 2012 summer researchers worked on the following projects:

  • A Microstrip Line for Testing Ferromagnetic Resonance in Magnetic Thin Films
  • An E.coli Biosensor for C4N
  • On-Chip Integration & Characterization of Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) for Lung Cancer Related mIRNA Detection
  • Investigating Mechanisms of TCE Toxicity using a Yeast Model
  • Investigation of an Electromechanical RRAM Microchip
  • Hermetic Sealing of the Micro-Columnated Loop Heat Pipe Chip Cooling System
  • E ffects of Epitaxial Strain on Ferroelectric Thin Film Ba0:8Sr0:2TiO3
  • Permeability and Partition Coefficient of Aqueous Sodium Chloride in p(HEMA-co-MAA)-based Hydrogels
  • Genetically engineering 4E onto fd-tet bacteriophage for generating electricity
  • Effect of Humidity on Nanoparticle-Based Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Sensors
  • Silicon carbide nanowires synthesized through aluminum catalyzed chemical vapor deposition
  • Toxicity of Silver Nanowires to the Daphnia magna at pH 8.8

Meet the 2012 COINS Student Researchers and learn about their projects here!