The CSN Research Experience for Veterans Program

In honor of Veterans Day here in the U.S., we’d like to highlight something we’re very proud of at the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology: our Research Experience for Veterans (REV) program.

REV student Alec Kinczewski
Baghdad, Iraq ‘Victory Over America Palace’ roof, 2010; Northwestern University Physiology Lab, 2015   (images courtesy of Alec Kinczewski)

The National Science Foundation “recognizes that veterans represent a potential underutilized workforce for the U.S. science and engineering research and industry communities.”1,2 Our REV program is one small effort toward addressing this problem. Veterans who participate in the program have the opportunity to do research in a CSN lab for course credit during the school year, and a few students also receive a stipend to do 10 weeks of research at one of the our member institutions over the summer.

Two of our REV students have written posts for Sustainable Nano that relate to their military service and scientific research, which you can read here :

If you are a veteran interested in our REV program (or if you know someone who is) please read more about it here. Applications are now open for our 2016 summer program, with a deadline of February 15.


  1. Khargonekar, P. Dear Colleague Letter: Veterans Research Supplement (VRS) Program. Sept 30, 2014.
  2. Haynie, D. Putting Veterans to Work for STEMU.S. News & World Report, April 24, 2014.

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