Funded by the Office of Science 
Basic Energy Sciences
U.S. Department of Energy


Materials Science of Actinides


Research experience for Undergraduates

University of Notre Dame

Application Deadline: March 10, 2017

Program Dates: May 30, 2017 - July 28, 2017


$4500 for a nine week period to be paid bi-weekly.  Housing is provided through the University of Notre Dame dorm system. Travel costs are the responsibility of the student.


All students may apply for REU funding.  Undergraduate students with strong credentials and majoring in chemistry, geology, environmental sciences, or environmentally-related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Project - Uranyl Nanoscale Cage Clusters

The scientific mission of the Center is to understand and control, at the nanoscale, materials that contain actinides (radioactive heavy elements such as uranium and plutonium) to lay the scientific foundation for advanced nuclear energy systems.

The projects combine synthesis of actinide materials with advanced characterization techniques.  These include spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and small-angle X-ray scattering to create insight on the formation conditions, stabilities, and structures of nanoscale actinide materials.


Resume or CV

2 Letters of Recommendation 

​Completed Application Form

Unofficial Transcript

2 page Statement on why you would like to participate in this REU program, career goals, and research interests.

All application materials should be emailed to Ginger Sigmon ( by the due date.