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Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Fellowships

Group photo of 2017 NCN SURF undergraduate students

The NCN-URE program provides an 11-week paid research experience involving computational simulations for undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges or universities. 

The projects encompass a wide range of cutting-edge topics across many engineering and science disciplines.  Participants work with leading research groups at Purdue University to develop simulation tools for physical processes, systems, and devices. These tools are then published on

The projects are suitable for students with majors in many engineering and science areas.  Each project lists the specific skills needed as well as suggested majors.  See the Summer 2019 Research page for more details on the available projects. Examples of work done by previous NCN-URE students are listed at the Past Undergraduate Research page.

The program is on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, IN.  Program dates are May 19 - August 3, 2019, and the stipend for full-time participation (M-F, 9-5) is $4,500 plus a housing allowance and paid travel for visiting students.

In addition to working with a research group in an "undergraduate student - graduate student mentor - faculty adviser" team, NCN-URE students participate in professional development activities, attend research seminars, and most importantly, publish a simulation tool on nanoHUB.

Note: NCN-URE projects involve a lot of computer coding, and while very rewarding, are not a traditional experimental lab experience.

A successful NCN-URE applicant will have the following qualities:

Good Communication Skills

  • With team members, supervisor
  • With peers from other engineering disciplines

Programming Experience

  • Ability to code in at least one language such as C or Python
  • Willingness to learn a new programming language

Strong work ethic

  • Ability to plan work and meet deadlines
  • Experience working on projects and working in teams

Want to know more about the experience you'll have as an NCN-URE participant?

Read an article about NCN URE's community college research experience in the August 2018 nanoHUB Newsletter.

Or check out the November 2014 nanoHUB Newsletter, which features an interview with Anubha Mathur, an NCN-URE 2014 participant who continued her research in Professor Peter Bermel's group.