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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
Madison, Wisconsin
Primary: Nicholas Abbott
(606) 262-3022
ice@chem.wisc.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: REU Programs in Nanotechnology; Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering; The Chemistry of Materials of Renewable Energy
Comments: Three separate REU programs appealing to students majoring in: Chem, Phys, Chem/Bio Eng, Pharmacy, MatSci and Eng, Genetics, Biochem, Mech Eng
University of Wisconsin's Center of Excellence for Materials Research and Innovation: Nanostructure InterfacesAbstract of Award
Seattle, Washington
Primary: Shaun Taylor
(206) 685-2029
uwcei@uw.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Solar, clean energy, smart grid, battery, energy storage, thin film, data science, materials, chemistry,(additional keywords in the Comments section).
Comments: Additional Keywords: chemical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, modeling, polymers, characterization, nanoparticles, engineering Comments: This program is suitable for freshmen and
REU Site: Clean Energy Bridge to Research (CEBR)Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Pullman, Washington
Primary: Michael R. Kessler
(509) 335-8654
michaelr.kessler@wsu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: scientific frontiers of bioplastics and biocomposites
REU Site: Collaborative Proposal: Center for Bioplastics and BiocompositesAbstract of Award
Seattle, Washington
Primary: Shaun Taylor
(206) 685-2029
sntaylor@uw.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: frontiers of science, accelerate the development of future advanced technologies, and address challenges of broad national and societal importance
UW Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C)Abstract of Award
University of Virginia
REU Site: Surface and Thin Film Science and Engineering
Center for Diversity in Engineering
Charlottesville, Virginia
Primary: Carolyn Vallas
(434) 924-0614
cvd5@virginia.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: synthesis, structure and properties of thin films and materials surfaces
Comments: Program provides professional development, career exposure, industry visits, advanced analytical skills, recreational activities.
REU Site: Surface and Thin Film Science and EngineeringAbstract of Award
University of Utah
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Utah Research Experience for Undergraduates
Utah Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
Primary: Chelsey Short
(801) 581-7687
chelsey.short@utah.edu
Secondary: Debra Mascaro
(801) 581-7687
dmascaro@mech.utah.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Metallurgical, Photonics, Spin, Optoelectronic devices, Optics, Organic Spintronics, Plasmonics, Energy, Nanotechnology, Nanostructures
Comments: This REU Program is a part of the MRSEC at the University of Utah
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Utah Research Experience for UndergraduatesAbstract of Award
Brigham Young University
REU Site: Physics Research at Brigham Young University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Provo, Utah
Primary: Dr. Jean-Francois Van Huele
(801) 422-4481
reu@byu.edu
Secondary: Dr. John Colton
(801) 997-0572
reu@byu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Atomic Physics, Condensed Matter, Visible Astronomy, Acoustics, Ultrafast Nonliner Optics, Computational & Experimental Plasma Physics, Extreme Ultraviolate Optics, Surface Physics, Electron Microsopy
Comments: RET component is funded.
REU Site: Physics Research at Brigham Young UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
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
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
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)
Texas
Primary: Risa Hartman
(512) 232-7568
rhartman@che.utexas.edu
Secondary: Prof. Brian Korgel
(512) 471-5633
korgel@che.utexas.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: materials science and engineering, nanoscience, nanotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, optics, physics
Comments: Comments: nine-week REU program operated by the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at UT Austin
University of Texas, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Center for Dynamics and Control of MaterialsAbstract of Award
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
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
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
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
Pennsylvania State University
REU Site: Soft Materials at Penn State University
Materials Science and Engineering
University Park, Pennsylvania
Primary: Prof. Coray M. Colina
(814) 865-3351
reu@matse.psu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Nano-fabrication, computational techniques, ion conduction, biomacromolecules, polymers
REU Site: Soft Materials at Penn State UniversityAbstract 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
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
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
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
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
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
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