MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama State University announced today it has garnered a $336,634 from the National Science Foundation to host its Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
The REU program will host 10 undergraduate students for 10 weeks in a summer program that will provide hands-on research experience in nanotechnology and biotechnology, said Komal Vig, the principal investigator of the ASU research program.
Nanotechnology devices are so small they fit on the end of a human hair. They may be used to implant medicines and medical devices into the human body and a variety of other applications.
Some applications use gold and other metals as devices to place the medicines and medical devices into the human body.
“This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in cutting-edge training in nano-biotechnology,” Vig said. “We are excited to have grants such as this, which are very difficult to receive and which expose students to research in STEM fields, motivating them for a career in much needed STEM areas in the country.”
The grant will provide a $5,000 stipend, on-campus housing and meal and travel allowances during the 10-week period. Students pursuing undergraduate studies in STEM fields are eligible to apply for this program.
Shree Singh, director of ASU’s Center for Nano-Biotechnology Research (CNBR), is the co-principal investigator of the ASU program. The REU program will be administered in conjunction with a team of ASU Faculty researchers.