Research opportunity examining radioluminescent nanoparticle activation of opsins in brain cells

To whom it may concern:

I’m an assistant professor of Neuroscience at UNM and my colleagues and I received an NSF award to examine radioluminescent nanoparticle activation of opsins in brain cells ( As part of this award we have two slots for a undergraduates from across the state to take part in their Townes Fellowship summer program at Clemson University. I’ve attached a flier and description from their administrator below. Sorry for the late notice (the application deadline has already been extended) but we would be grateful if you would forward this on to any and all students you think might be interested so they can potentially take part in this opportunity.




Attached is the information on the 2018 Townes Fellows Optical Science and Engineering Summer Program.  This year the application is electronic and can be found within the attachment or at  Please forward within your departments to your students and faculty.  This invitation is extended to students in the following fields: physics, chemistry, computer science, materials science, engineering, and optics (or comparable field).  

The Charles H Townes Fellows Optical Science and Engineering Program is now in its 12th year and has had students from around the country participate.  Many of these students find their way in this program for what they want to do as a next step after undergraduate.  We have a vast network of alumni that can help with their questions too.


Students will get to work with a graduate student or group on a project that is their own.  They will learn the research process and the writing process that goes along with good research.  Students will be tasked to complete safety training, abstract on their work, a paper at the end of their summer and a poster to present in a poster competition with other REU programs within Clemson University.  These students will also attend seminars on the NSF Graduate Fellowship award, career seminars and equipment training.   

If you or your students have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call me.  More information can be found at

Important dates for the program are as follows: 

March 9 – Applications are due at 5pm EST (application online completed, personal statement and resume emailed to

***Application decisions will be emailed out within two weeks of application deadline.  Applicants will have 1 week to respond with their intention to accept or decline the program offer.

May 20 – Move in Day 

May 21 – First day of Program 

May 28 – University is closed for Memorial Day

July 4 – University is closed for 4th of July 

July 27 – Final day of the Program 

July 28 – Move out Day 

Again, please let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to working with you and your students over the next few months!  

Courtney Kucera
Office 150 AMRL
91 Technology Drive
Anderson, SC 29625
Office: 864-656-1853
Cell: 513-313-6683

This entry was posted in Announcement. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.