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Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Munich

Students can apply for international research experience, all expenses paid

Northwestern Engineering will send its second round of students to Germany this summer.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Nanomaterials Undergraduate Research in Germany (NanoRING) is a 10-week intensive program that provides research experience in nanomaterials, including nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, and nanobiomaterials, at the Technical University of Munich. Students also learn basic German language skills and participate in science and technology workshops and cultural and social outings.

Matthew Grayson, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and co-director of Global McCormick, serves as faculty director of the program. Before joining Northwestern, Grayson spent six years conducting semiconductor physics research at the Technical University of Munich, where he continues to maintain close ties.

Interested undergraduates must complete an online application by February 1, 2017 for this summer’s session. Students should be majors in engineering, physical sciences, or life sciences and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The program is intended for students who are completing their junior year or students who are completing their senior year and plan to continue on to a master’s or PhD program in the United States.

In a partnership between Northwestern and the University of Texas at San Antonio, the grant provides selected students with weekly living stipends, a lump sum for international travel, public transportation tickets, and housing. The partner at the Technical University of Munich is the International Graduate School for Science and Engineering, which has a mission to work with visiting international student researchers.

To apply, please visit