Research Experiences for Undergraduates at Columbia University

Title 
Research Experiences for Undergraduates at Columbia University
Institution 
Columbia University
Institution Type 
graduate research university
City 
New York
State 
NY
Field 
The Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) works with PI’s from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Electrical Engineering
Start Date 
May 28, 2013
End Date 
August 2, 2013
Stipend 
$3500
Hrs / Week 
40
Deadline 
February 14, 2013
Description 
The Columbia University Energy Frontier Research Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, supports 10-15 outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows each year. This Research Experiences for Undergraduates program provides a $3,500 stipend for each successful candidate, free campus housing (worth $2,700) in which you are expected to reside, and possible assistance with round-trip transportation (up to $500 if necessary). Those selected will have an opportunity to participate fully in the activities of one of the nation’s outstanding new interdisciplinary Energy Frontier Research Centers, as well as in other exciting research on campus. This Center draws faculty from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, and includes collaborative research with nearby government laboratories (Brookhaven National Laboratory) and industry (IBM). The EFRC focuses its expertise in chemical synthesis, fabrication, manipulation, and characterization to systematically develop understanding of the primary photovoltaic processes in organic and hybrid materials. In addition, it seeks to develop and quantitatively investigate nanostructured materials with potential for extracting multiple electrical charges from a single absorption event, thus establishing a scientific basis for moving the efficiency of these solar cell devices well beyond the Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit. During the RPU program, students will also be involved in workshops, seminars, visits to local industry, recreational activities, a symposium of presentations by RPU students, and other activities.
Qualifications 
Applicant must be an Undergraduate student in the Fall following the Program, i.e., no graduating Senior applicants
Contact 
Niva Ranjeet
URL 
http://www.cise.columbia.edu/efrc/category/education-and-outreach/
Email 
ncr2114@columbia.edu
Number of Participants 
6
Housing Provided 
yes
Subsistence Provided 
no

up to $500 travel support is available