The IM-SURE Program will not be offered this Summer.  Please check back for future programs and announcements.

The Integrated Micro/Nano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IM-SURE) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), provides a unique 10-week summer research opportunity for undergraduates to become fully immersed in cutting-edge micro/nano research and applications.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of challenging and original research projects that explore a diverse and exciting range of topics in biomedical, physical and engineering micro/nano-technology. 

Under the personal guidance of a UCI faculty mentor, students gain first-hand experience and training in state-of-the-art research facilities. A spectrum of seminars and workshops provides opportunities to build knowledge and enhance dialogue about micro/nano-systems engineering and applications. Students enjoy presentations from panels of speakers representing industry, national labs, and defense agencies, along with tours of campus research facilities and local industry field trips. Faculty also host workshops focused on career development, graduate school, research ethics, and writing and presentation skills. At the conclusion of the program, students share their research accomplishments by presenting their findings at the IM-SURE Research Symposium. 

In addition to a $3,000 stipend, students receive free, furnished on-campus housing. UCI is located in the heart of perpetually sunny Southern California, just minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. The campus is also a short drive from mountain resorts, the desert, and several exciting theme parks, sports and music halls. IM-SURE participants enjoy several fun excursions to get the most out of their Southern California experience. 

This program is designed to help students fully develop the knowledge and skills that will propel them into graduate studies or careers in the fields of micro/nano-technology. Students will even receive ongoing support after the program ends to help them further pursue their research and career goals. 

The IM-SURE program is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site funded in part by the National Science Foundation

The Unique UCI Experience

UCI combines the strengths of a top-tier research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location.

Past IM-SURE Fellows

IM-SURE 2005

IM-SURE 2006

IM-SURE 2007

IM-SURE Highlights

10-week program

$3000 Stipend

Furnished, on-campus housing provided at no cost to participants

Travel costs reimbursed

Extensive research projects to choose from 

Seminars on micro/nano-technology and applications with speakers from academia, industry and national labs, and workshops on career planning, graduate school, writing and presentation skills

Personalized mentoring and training from nationally distinguished faculty, supported by graduate students

Access to state-of-the-art research facilities

Local industry field trips

Unique UCI Library privileges including extended borrowing privileges and unlimited Interlibrary Loans

Weekend excursions with team members to experience Southern California 

Funding and support for conference participation and additional professional development

Application Deadlines:
Application Deadline:  TBD

Supplemental Document Deadline: TBD
IM-SURE Application Form
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Who should apply?

Eligible applicants are:

Highly motivated and high-achieving science and engineering majors with a strong drive to pursue research and careers in the fields of biomedical, physical, and engineering micro/nano-sciences
Non-graduating undergraduates from universities or community colleges, with Junior or Senior standing obtained by the start of the IM-SURE program
Attending a four-year university after the conclusion of the program 
United States citizens or permanent residents

Able to show proof of valid health insurance for the duration of the program

Applicants are not required to have previous research experience. 

This program is committed to promoting diversity within the fields of science and engineering. Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.