The Application Portal for Summer 2018 is now open.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Program Dates: June 4, 2018 – August 10, 2018
What is CIAN?
CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, an Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF that consists of research labs at 10 different universities. CIAN offers a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduate Native American students interested in exploring optics and photonics, as well as hydrology, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, or environmental sciences. (See a slideshow of the Summer 2014 IOU-NA at the bottom of this page).
What is IOU-NA?
The Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed for Native American students interested in participating in hands-on research opportunities in top laboratories in optics and photonics, as well as in hydrology, astronomy, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, and environmental sciences. Selected students are paired with a research project complementing their interests and goals.
IOU-NA students will also participate in Native American focused workshops facilitated by University of Arizona’s Native American-serving entities, gain hands-on experience in CIAN’s culturally relevant two-week Native American focused Optics Research Workshop (ORW), attend presentations given by Native American STEM graduate students and faculty, as well as participate in other activities designed to support Native American Undergraduate students.
A stipend of $5,000 is available for successful participation in the full 10-week program. Additionally, travel to and from the university at the start and close of the program will be covered as well as housing on campus (Want to participate but live off-campus? Contact us with questions about off-campus housing.) during the 10-weeks of the program. (Something else holding you back from applying for the opportunity? Please contact us!)
Examples of Previous Projects
- Smartphone-Based Ocular Imaging System
- Investigating Lead and Arsenic Exposure Risks to a Community Area through Analysis of Airborne Particles on Children’s Playground Surface Equipment
- Changes in DOM Quantity and Quality in a Southern Rockies Forested Catchment
- Polarized Raman Microscopy of Aligned Carbon Nanotubes
- The Influence of Ordered Nanostructured Carbon Electrodes on Supercapacitor Performance
- Evidence for Deep Mountain Block Circulation from Stream Chemical Data in Sabino Creek
- Nutrient Uptake by Plants and their Associated Microbiota Grown in Different Porous Rock Substrate
- Optimization of Optical Transmission of Gigabit Ethernet Rates
Who is Eligible?
Native American undergraduates, attending a two or four-year college or tribal college, of all levels studying a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) major. Minimum 3.0 GPA required, on a 4.0 scale. US Citizenship or permanent residency is also required.
Application Deadline: December 4, 2017
Read about past students’ experiences
Additional Materials Required for Application
Letter of Recommendation
May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writer, or emailed directly by the letter writer. Please give your letter writer this form to complete.
Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.
All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.
Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721
Email Amee Hennig with any questions.