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REU Sites: Materials Research

The NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR) supports REU Sites that focus on research in materials science and related areas, including condensed matter physics, materials chemistry and physics, and materials engineering. Most DMR-supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) and National Facilities offer REU opportunities each summer as well. REU sites supported by DMR involve research in various aspects of condensed matter physics; solid state chemistry and polymers; materials and condensed matter theory; metals, ceramics, biomaterials, and electronic and photonic materials. See this Google map of DMR-funded REU Sites.

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REU Sites
Site Information Site Location Contact Information Additional Information
University of California - Merced
Applications in Modern Materials
Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Merced, California
Primary: Carrie Menke
(209) 228-4318
cmenke@ucmerced.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Materials Science
Comments: As the tenth (and newest) campus of the University of California system, participant benefit from amazing resources in a close-knit community of diverse scholars
Applications in Modern MaterialsAbstract of Award
University of California - Davis
Physics at UC Davis
Physics
Davis, California
Primary: Rena Zieve
(530) 574-8874
reu@london.ucdavis.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: condensed matter theory and experiment, complex systems and computational physics, nuclear and particle physics experiment, quantum gravity and astrophysics
Physics at UC DavisAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Physics
University of California, Davis
REU Site: Physics Research at UC Davis
Davis, California
Primary: Dr. Rena Zieve
(530) 574-8874
reu@london.ucdavis.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Biological Physics, Complex Systems, Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics and Astrophysics
REU Site: Physics Research at UC DavisAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
University of Arkansas
Summer Research Program in Physics
Physics
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Primary: Reeta Vyas
(479) 575-6569
physreu@uark.edu
Secondary: Surendra Singh
(479) 575-5930
Research Topics/Keywords: •Nano-materials and Condensed Matter •Photonics, Lasers, and Quantum Optics •Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysics
Summer Research Program in PhysicsAbstract of Award
Birmingham, Alabama
Primary: Professor Yogesh Vohra
(205) 934-6662
ykvohra@uab.edu
Secondary: Charita Cadenhead
(205) 975-8076
charita@uab.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Theoretical and Experimental Research in Materials
Comments: Includes participation of pre-college teachers
Regional Initiative to Promote Undergradute Participation in Experimental and Computational Materials ResearchAbstract of Award
University of Akron
Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Akron
Department of Polymer Science
Akron, Ohio
Primary: Mesfin Tsige
(330) 972-5631
mtsige@uakron.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Polymer chemistry, polymer physics, polymer engineering
Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of AkronAbstract of Award
Tuskegee University
Nano-Bio Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Tuskegee, Alabama
Primary: Shaik Zainuddin
(334) 724-4222
szainuddin@tuskegee.edu
Secondary: Mahesh Hosur
(334) 724-4220
mhosur@tuskegee.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: synthesis of nanoparticles for bio-med applications; nanosensors for salmonella enterica detection; nanoscale drug delivery for tumors; structure-property relationship of nano-bio composites
Nano-Bio Materials Science and EngineeringAbstract of Award
Wooster, Ohio
Primary: John F. Lindner
(330) 263-2120
jlindner@wooster.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials science, Physics, and Chemistry
REU Site: Physics and Chemistry Research at The College of WoosterAbstract of Award
College Station, Texas
Primary: Holly Gaede
(979) 845-0520
hgaede@mail.chem.tamu.edu
Secondary: Marylin Warren
(979) 845-0520
reu@chem.tamu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Atmospheric chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, biological chemistry, catalysis, computational chemistry, energy, environment, enzymes, green chemistry, materials chemistry,continued below...
Comments: Additional Key Words: mechanism, metal-organic frameworks, metabolism, nanotechnology, polymers, sensing, solar, surface, synthesis
REU Site: Biological, Environmental, and Materials Chemistry Research at Texas A&M UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Syracuse University
REU Site: Interactive Biomaterials
Biomaterials Institute
Syracuse, New York
Primary: Karen Low
(315) 443-3544
kplow@syr.edu
Secondary: Dr. Julie Hasenwinkel
(315) 443-9410
jmhasenw@syr.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Possible research: bacteria-material interactions, biomimetic interfaces, smart drug delivery/release, 2D/3D active cell culture, cell-surface interactions
Comments: Undergrads majoring in following disciplines are invited to apply: Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or Physics with an interest in Biomaterials Science.
REU Site: Interactive BiomaterialsAbstract of Award
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
REU Site for Interdisciplinary Materials Research
Chemistry
Carbondale, Illinois
Primary: Tammy Wieseman
(618) 453-6496
tammy.wieseman@siu.edu
Secondary: Douglas Coons
(618) 453-6496
dcoons@chem.siu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: materials chemistry, nanomaterials
REU Site for Interdisciplinary Materials ResearchAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
REU Site: Back to the Future II
Mat/Met Engineering
Rapid City, South Dakota
Primary: Prof. Michael K West
(605) 394-1283
michael.west@sdsmt.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Metallurgical engineering, materials science, materials engineering
REU Site: Back to the Future IIAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Department of Defense (DoD), Engineering
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
REU Site: Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers- the On0Ramp at Exit 9
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Piscataway, New Jersey
Primary: Dr. Andrew Baker
(848) 445-8887
ajbaker@physics.rutgers.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Astronomy
REU Site: Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers- the On0Ramp at Exit 9Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
REU Site: Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers - the On-Ramp at Exit 9
Department of Physics and Astronomy
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Primary: Dr. Andrew Baker
(732) 445-5500
reu@physics.rutgers.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Astronomy and Materials Research
REU Site: Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers - the On-Ramp at Exit 9Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Astronomical Sciences, Physics
Renssaeler Polytechnic Institute
REU Site: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate in Physics
Department of Physics
Troy, New York
Primary: Peter D. Persons
(518) 276-2934
persap@rpi.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy
Comments: This project was co-funded the first year with DMR.
REU Site: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate in PhysicsAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Princeton, New Jersey
Primary: Professor Phuan Ong
(609) 258-4347
npo@princeton.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: electronic materials, molecular interfaces, self-assembly, nanostructures
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract of Award
Portland, Oregon
Primary: Jun Jiao
(503) 725-4228
jiaoj@pdx.edu
Secondary: Prof. Erik Sanchez
(503) 725-3423
esanchez@pdx.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Microscopy and Microanalysis of Materials
REU Site: Application of Microscopy and Microanalysis in Multidisciplinary ResearchAbstract of Award
University Park, Pennsylvania
Primary: Jorge O Sofo
(814) 777-3450
sofo@psu.edu
Ohio State University
Center for Emergent Materials
Matreials Research Science and Engineering Center
Columbus, Ohio
Primary: Michelle McCombs
(614) 247-8084
mccombs.75@osu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: electron spin in nanostructures, oxide films and multilayer devices
Center for Emergent MaterialsAbstract of Award
Evanston, Illinois
Primary: Professor Monica Olvera de la Cruz
(847) 491-3606
mrc@northwestern.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: oxide ceramics;polymers; plasmonics and molecular electronics
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract of Award
New York University
NYU summer REU materials research
Department of Chemistry
New York, New York
Primary: Wesley Francillon
(212) 998-3719
wf20@nyu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Colloids, Active Materials, Crystallography, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics
Comments: This REU Program is a part of the MRSEC at New York University.
NYU summer REU materials researchAbstract of Award
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
SURfing Materials Science and Engineering Lab: A NIST-NSF Partnership
Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Primary: Dr. Terrell Vanderah
(301) 975-5785
terrell@nist.gov
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials science and engineering research
SURfing Materials Science and Engineering Lab: A NIST-NSF PartnershipAbstract of Award
Mississippi State University
Physical Properties of Materials
Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Mississippi State, Mississippi
Primary: James N. Warnock
(662) 325-0925
jwarnock@bagley.msstate.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials science and engineering in areas of: biomaterials, nanoparticles, composites and polymers
Physical Properties of MaterialsAbstract of Award
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Primary: Professor Geoffrey Beach
(617) 258-0804
gbeach@mit.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: nanomaterials for elechtrochemical energy; polymeric materials; nanostructured fibers
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract of Award
LSU, LA Tech, Southern, Tulane, UNO, Xavier
Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications
Louisiana
Primary: Staci C. Kramer
(222) 578-5381
sckramer@lsu.edu
Secondary: Michael Khonsari
(225) 342-4253
khonsari@me.lsu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials Science, theory, experiment, and computational research
Comments: LA-SiGMA is a 7-member alliance of universities throughout Louisiana. Students work on cutting edge research in material sciences and computational tools at 6 sites throughout Louisiana.
Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials ApplicationsAbstract of Award
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Primary: Ms. Pam Gescek
(610) 758-3930
reu@lehigh.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Astrophysics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Optics, Nanotechnology, Plasma Physics, Statistical Physics
REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Physics at Lehigh UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Ames, Iowa
Primary: David Grewell
(515) 294-5225
dgrewell@iastate.edu
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Primary: Professor David Weitz
(617) 495-2842
Weitz@deas.harvard.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: micromechanics, soft materials, microfluidics
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program. Includes participation of pre-college teachers.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract of Award
Georgia Tech Research Corporation
REU Site: Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research in Physics: A Multi-Institutional REU Program
Department of Physics
Atlanta, Georgia
Primary: Dr. Keith Oden
(404) 385-0418
keith.oden@cos.gatech.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics
Comments: Ethics component.
REU Site: Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research in Physics: A Multi-Institutional REU ProgramAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Washington, District Of Columbia
Primary: Prof. Jeffrey Urbach
(202) 687-6594
urbach@physics.georgetown.edu
Secondary: Prof. Amy Liu
(202) 687-6583
liu@physics.georgetown.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: esperimental, computational, and theoretical nanoscale physics, soft matter physics, device physics, biophysics, cold-atom systems
Georgetown University REU Site for Materials PhysicsAbstract of Award
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