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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 - 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 - Riverside
REU Site: Materials Connection (MacReu R'Side)
Chemistry
Riverside, California
Primary: Ludwig Bartels
(951) 827-2041
ludwig.bartels@ucr.edu
Secondary: Kevin Esterling
(951) 827-3833
kevin.esterling@ucr.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Chemistry, Physics, Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, and Chemical), Materials (Catalytic and Energy), Processing (Thin film and Semiconductor), Nanofabrication
REU Site: Materials Connection (MacReu R'Side)Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
University of California - Santa Barbara
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
Santa Barbara, California
Primary: Professor Craig Hawker
(805) 893-7161
hawker@mrl.ucsb.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Polymers and composites, oxides, soft materials, molecular beam epitaxy
Comments: The MRSEC host numerous undergraduate research opportunities
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract of Award
University of California-Santa Cruz
REU Site: An Undergraduate Research Summer Program on Sustainable Materials
Physics Department
Santa Cruz, California
Primary: David Lederman
(831) 459-1217
dlederma@ucsc.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: STEM disciplines, retention and graduation rates
REU Site: An Undergraduate Research Summer Program on Sustainable MaterialsAbstract of Award
Chicago, Illinois
Primary: Eileen Sheu
(773) 834-9916
esheu@uchicago.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: materials dynamics; nanostructured materials; quantum materials
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract of Award
Boulder, Colorado
Primary: Professor Noel Clark
(303) 492-6420
noel.clark@colorado.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Liquid crystals, optical materials and devices
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract of Award
Gainesville, Florida
Primary: Professor Selman Hershfield
(352) 392-9387
selman@phys.ufl.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials physics
REU Site: Materials Physics at the University of FloridaAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Department of Defense (DoD)
Houston, Texas
Primary: Haleh Ardebili
(713) 743-5562
hardebil@central.uh.edu
Secondary: Jacinta Conrad
(713) 743-3829
jcconrad@uh.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Manufacturing, Materials Science
REU Site: Materials for Sustainable Energy and ManufacturingAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Department of Defense (DoD)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois MRSEC Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program
Urbana, Illinois
Primary: Dr. Pamela Pena Martin
(217) 300-6699
pmartin9@illinois.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Research topics/keywords: interdisciplinary; materials; physics; chemistry; engineering; metallic antiferromagnetic materials; 2D materials
Comments: Comments: Students will spend 10 weeks performing cutting-edge, interdisciplinary materials research at the Illinois MRSEC. Both experimental and computational projects are available.
Illinois MRSEC Research Experiences for Undergraduates ProgramAbstract of Award
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
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
B-SMaRT: A Biological and Soft Matter Research Traineeship
Physics
Amherst, Massachusetts
Primary: Jennifer Ross
(413) 545-0698
rossJ@physics.umass.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, soft and biological materials science
B-SMaRT: A Biological and Soft Matter Research TraineeshipAbstract 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
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
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
University of New Orleans
Summer Research Program in Materials Science and Nanotechnology
Advanced Materials Research Institute
New Orleans, Louisiana
Primary: Matthew Tarr
(504) 280-6836
mtarr@uno.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: synthesis, characterization, and application of nanoparticles and their composites and assemblies
Comments: Faculty mentors from departments of chemistry, physics, biological sciences, psychology, mechanical engineering
Summer Research Program in Materials Science and NanotechnologyAbstract of Award
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
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
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