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REU in Microelectronics and Sensor Systems

This NSF funded summer REU  program at the University of Tennessee is centered on the theme Microelectronics and Sensor Systems. We especially focus on underrepresented students and deaf and hard of hearing students in science,
technology, engineering, and math.

The experience will provide students with the opportunity to engage in multi-disciplinary research projects that rely on and develop new devices and systems in order to understand the environment around us and improve the lives of humans, animals, and the environment. 

Program dates:   May 28th – Jul 31st, 2024
Application website:

In this 10 week experience a faculty member will mentor students in projects which address the ways in which devices and electronics at the micrometer and smaller scale impact modern technology and provides advances in environmental science, physics, agriculture, space exploration, and biology. Students will use state of the art software and instrumentation to develop theories and design and implement microelectronics and sensor systems. In addition to independent projects, students will be exposed to potential career pathways enabled by advanced degrees and through professional development and mentorship improve their competency in oral and written communication, research strategies, the scientific method, and critical thinking.

Program highlights:

  • 10-week hands-on laboratory research training opportunity addressing problems relevant to health and the environment
  • Mentoring in faculty laboratories at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with the following expertise:
    • Nanofabrication 
    • Encryption and Security
    • New devices and materials 
    • Power Electronics and Electric Vehicles
    • Embedded computing 
    • Bio-inspired Computing and Computing Architectures
    • Biosensor and Biotechnology development 
    • Sensors for Extreme Environments and Exploration
  • Participate in academic and professional development/career opportunity workshops
  • Present research findings at the UT Summer Symposium at the end of the program
  • $600/week stipend (10 weeks) for each student participant, additional complete support for on-campus housing, and reimbursement to offset travel costs

Who should apply?

  • Highly motivated undergraduate students, who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing or  are  members of an Under-Represented ethnic group
  • Major in Physics, Computer Science, Material Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Biology, or Physical Sciences and other STEM fields who are interested in microelectronics and sensors and systems research.
  • Other highly motivated undergraduate students who are interested in scientific research and education, Deaf culture, and developing and refining skills in American Sign Language (ASL).
  • United States citizens or permanent residents.
  • No prior research experience is required
Contacts: Nicole McFarlane ( or Daniel Costinett (