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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
New Haven, Connecticut
Primary: Charles H. Ahn
(203) 432-6421
charles.ahn@yale.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Groups focus on:(1) chemical, electronic, and magnetic properties at complex oxide interfaces, and (2) developing new bulk metallic glasses to in turn enable surface property engineering
REU Site: Center for Interface Structures and PhenomenaAbstract of Award
West Virginia University
REU Site: NanoSAFE Multifunctional Nanomaterials
cross-disciplinary
Morgantown, West Virginia
Primary: Lisa Holland
(304) 293-0174
Lisa.Holland@mail.wvu.edu
Secondary: Kimberly Quedado
(304) 293-7382
Kimberly.Quedado@mail.wvu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Nanomaterials, Smart materials, Photoactive Materials, Sensor Materials, Toxicity
REU Site: NanoSAFE Multifunctional NanomaterialsAbstract of Award
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
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
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
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
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
University of South Florida
NSF REU Program in Applied Physics
Physics
Tampa, Florida
Primary: Sarath Witanachchi
(813) 974-2789
switanach@usf.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials physics/condensed matter physics, biophysics/biomedical physics, AMO (atomic, molecular and optical) physics
Comments: This REU provides a great experience for GU students who are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary graduate programs in related areas
NSF REU Program in Applied PhysicsAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Physics
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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
Iowa City, Iowa
Primary: Sarah Larsen
(319) 335-1346
nni@uiowa.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Chemistry, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Pharmacy, Occupational & Environmental Health, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology
REU Site: Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Nanoscience and NanotechnologyAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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