2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Projects

This website announces an opportunity, supported by Northwestern, to join a research team at Argonne and participate in research projects.  Argonne National Laboratory is a Department of Energy laboratory with over 3,000 employees working in a range of disciplines.   The Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE) facilitates collaborations between the two institutions.

After students apply, resumes will be reviewed, references will be contacted, and NAISE will then match successful applicants with Argonne PIs.  Northwestern students will be paid by the university for their participation in the research projects.

Research projects are available in the following areas.

To apply, please submit your resume and contact information for one reference who knows your academic performance well to naise_summer@northwestern.eduImportantly, please indicate which two focus areas most interest you.  It is acceptable to list only one area.  Deadline: April 26.

Please send any questions to naise_summer@northwestern.edu.  More information about Argonne is available at:  www.anl.gov.

A. Energy storage

In this focus area, projects focus on mathematical aspects of the electric grid including linearization of power flow equations for electric power systems, cataloging and analyzing challenging power flow test cases for electric power grid algorithms, and mathematical formulations of power systems scheduling.

B. Machine learning

In this focus area, projects focus on applying machine learning to challenges in processing sensor data, materials and imaging, and other areas.

C. Materials

Projects in this focus area encompass energy storage materials, structural materials for advanced nuclear reactor concepts, nano-materials synthesis, imaging, and applying computation materials to additive manufacturing.

D. Environmental Sensing

Projects in this focus area involve sensor construction and data integration, developing off-grid sensor solutions, and collecting data from green roofs related to coupled water capture, urban biodiversity, and building energy loads.

E. Synthetic Biology

There are several projects in this focus area, including protein engineering and explorations of enzyme promiscuity and cell-free synthetic biology-based materials for energy transformation.