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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
Amherst, Massachusetts
Primary: Professor Todd Emrick
(413) 577-1516
tsemrick@mail.pse.umass.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Polymer science and engineering
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program. 2015 program unavailable.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract of Award
Waltham, Massachusetts
Primary: Prof. Seth Fraden
(781) 736-2800
physics@brandeis.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: biomaterials, nano-structured materials, complex fluids, chiral self-assembly, confined polymers
Comments: This REU Program is a part of the MRSEC at Brandeis University.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center - BioInspired Soft MaterialsAbstract of Award
University of Michigan
REU Program at the Center for Photonics and Multiscale Nanomaterials
Center for Photonics and Multiscale Nanomaterials
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Primary: Ted Norris
(734) 764-9269
tnorris@umich.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: nanophotonics, nanomaterials, and nanophysics
Comments: opportunities available in experiment, theory, and computation
REU Program at the Center for Photonics and Multiscale NanomaterialsAbstract of Award
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
MRSEC REU Site: Nanomaterials
College of Science & Engineering
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Primary: Phil Engen
(612) 626-0798
engen@umn.edu
Secondary: David Blank
(612) 624-0571
blank@umn.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials Science and Engineering: Engineered Multiblock Polymers, Organic Optoelectronic Interfaces, Magnetic Heterostructures, Nanoparticle-based Materials, and other projects
Comments: ten-week program to provide research experience, professional development, awareness of materials science and engineering
MRSEC REU Site: NanomaterialsAbstract 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
University of Southern Mississippi
REU Site: Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future
Polymers and High Performance Materials
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Primary: Prof. Sarah Morgan
(601) 266-5296
sarah.morgan@usm.edu
Secondary: Prof. Joseph Lott
(601) 266-6867
joseph.r.lott@usm.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Polymer Composites
REU Site: Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable FutureAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
University of Missouri
REU in Physics: Materials and Modeling
Department of Physics
Columbia, Missouri
Primary: Dr. Sashi Satpathy
(573) 882-4838
satpathys@missouri.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Materials Science, Modeling
Comments: Students will perform research, attend weekly lectures and workshops, and engage with other undergraduate researchers
REU in Physics: Materials and ModelingAbstract of Award
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Lincoln, Nebraska
Primary: Maggie Jobes
(402) 472-0073
maggiejobes.graduate@unl.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Bioenergy Systems, Nanohybrid Functional Materials, Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure
Undergraduate Research OpportunitiesAbstract of Award
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
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
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
University of New Mexico
REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergaduates in Nanoscience and Microsystems
Center for Micro-Engineered Materials
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Primary: Professor Abhaya K. Datye
(505) 277-0477
reu@unm.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Microsystems and bio-interfaces, nanostructured materials.
REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergaduates in Nanoscience and MicrosystemsAbstract of Award
New York, New York
Primary: Jeff DeMars
(212) 854-1890
jld2197@columbia.edu
Secondary: Vanessa Giardino
(212) 854-1890
vg2318@columbia.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: materials science and engineering, interdisciplinary research in physics, chemistry, applied physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials engineering and electrical engineering
MRSEC: Columbia Center for Precision Assembly of Superstratic and Superatomic SolidsAbstract 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
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
Binghamton, New York
Primary: Jeffrey Mativetsky
(607) 777-6136
jmativet@binghamton.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Renewable Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Generation, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Comments: Students will receive additional education training in safety, research ethics, and renewable energy and storage
REU Site: Renewable Energy Generation and StorageAbstract of Award
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
Durham, North Carolina
Primary: Catherine Reyes
mrsec@duke.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: materials science and engineering, project planning, experimental design, data analysis and presentation
Comments: The Triangle MRSEC conducts a collaborative and interdisciplanry REU program
Triangle Center for Excellence for Materials Research and Innovation: Programmable Assembly of Soft MatterAbstract of Award
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
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
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
Cleveland State University
Synthesis, Assembly and Characterization of Soft Matter Systems
Physics Department
Cleveland, Ohio
Primary: Kiril Streletzky
(216) 687-2433
k.streletzky@csuohio.edu
Secondary: Jessica Bickel
(216) 523-7549
j.e.bickel@csuohio.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Soft matter, microgel and hydrogel nanoparticles, anisotropic particles, biomaterials and applications, self-assembly, materials characterization, fluid flow in soft matter
Synthesis, Assembly and Characterization of Soft Matter SystemsAbstract 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
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
University of Pennsylvania
REU Site: Structure of Matter
Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Primary: Arjun G. Yodh
(215) 898-8571
yodh@physics.upenn.edu
Secondary: Mark Licurse
(215) 573-4759
mlicurse@lrsm.upenn.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials research projects in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biophysics, materials science or engineering.
REU Site: Structure of MatterAbstract of Award
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials
Chemical Engineering
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Primary: Ubaldo Cordova
(787) 831-2065
ubaldom.cordova@upr.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: development and study of new soft materials that are able to efficiently conduct multiple functions and operate away from equilibrium
Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft MaterialsAbstract of Award
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
Nashville, Tennessee
Primary: Prof. Clare McCabe
(615) 322-6853
c.mccabe@vanderbilt.edu
Secondary: Prof. Sandra Rosenthal
(615) 322-2633
sandra.j.rosenthal@vanderbilt.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: nanoscale materials and engineering
REU Site: Nanoscale Materials Science and Engineering at Vanderbilt UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Engineering
University of North Texas
REU Site: Advanced Processing and Materials Characterization
Materials Science and Engineering
Denton, Texas
Primary: Samir Aouadi
(618) 967-5393
samir.aouadi@unt.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Synthesis and processing, Structure and characterization, Materials properties, Modeling and simulation
REU Site: Advanced Processing and Materials CharacterizationAbstract of Award
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