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Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, REU

Primary Institution: Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Affiliation: University of Nebraska
City: Lincoln
State: NE
Job Duration: June - August, 2012 (8-10 weeks)
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Condensed Matter: Structure and Mechanical/Thermal Properties
Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure and Electromagnetic/Optical Properties
Description: The University of Nebraska hosts a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) entitled Quantum and Spin Phenomena in Nanomagnetic Structures.  The MRSEC is funded by the National Science Foundation and involves faculty and students from Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering in state-of-the-art research on nanoscale magnetic materials, and offers many opportunities for scientists and students to become involved. We anticipate having three pairs (one professor and one undergraduate student per pair) from four-year colleges or universities to become engaged in this research during the summer of 2012.  Summer stipends will be provided, and it is anticipated that the collaboration will continue during the 2012/2013 academic year.  The summer stipend for the professorial member of the pair will be $6,000 per month for up to two full months of full-time commitment to the MRSEC project.  The student will receive $500/week plus room and board for up to 10 weeks of commitment to the project.

The selected Professor/Student pairs will become involved in one of the following research thrusts:

• Novel magnetic clusters and cluster-assembled nanocomposites
• Magnetic nanostructures controlled by external stimuli
• Ultra-high-sensitivity magnetometry of nanostructures
• Self-assembled magnetic nanostructures
• Magnetization dynamics of nanomagnetic structures
• Electrically-controlled exchange bias and novel piezomagnetic materials
• Ferroelectric and multiferroic tunnel junctions
• Electron and spin transport in magnetic nanojunctions
• "Seed" thrusts in ferromagnetic polymers with nanoscale phase, synthesis of half-metallic highly-textured gadolinium nitride films, and multiferroics in complex oxide heterostructures.
Stipend: Student $500/week (max. 10 weeks), professorial member $6000/month (max. 2 month)
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Application Deadline: 03/15/2012
Job Website: http://www.mrsec.unl.edu/education/2012/prof_stud_advert.shtml

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Prof. Jeffrey Shield
Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0656
Email: jshield2@unl.edu
Phone: 402-472-2378
Secondary Contact: Verona Skomski
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, 310C JH
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0299
Email: vskomski3@unl.edu
Phone: 402-472-6933
Fax: 402-472-6148