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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
Tuskegee University
Nano-Bio Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Tuskegee, Alabama
Primary: Shaik Zainuddin
(334) 724-4222
Secondary: Mahesh Hosur
(334) 724-4220
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
Tuskegee UniversityAbstract of Award
Alabama A&M University
Physics REU at AAMU
Department of Physics
Normal, Alabama
Primary: Dr. Padjama Guggila
(256) 372-8141
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials Science, Optics and Space Science
Alabama A&M UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Birmingham, Alabama
Primary: Professor Yogesh Vohra
(205) 934-6662
Secondary: Charita Cadenhead
(205) 975-8076
Research Topics/Keywords: Theoretical and Experimental Research in Materials
Comments: Includes participation of pre-college teachers
University of Alabama -- BirminghamAbstract of Award
University of Arkansas
Summer Research Program in Physics
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Primary: Reeta Vyas
(479) 575-6569
Secondary: Surendra Singh
(479) 575-5930
Research Topics/Keywords: •Nano-materials and Condensed Matter •Photonics, Lasers, and Quantum Optics •Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysics
University of ArkansasAbstract of Award
University of California - Merced
Applications in Modern Materials
Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Merced, California
Primary: Carrie Menke
(209) 228-4318
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
University of California - MercedAbstract of Award
University of California - Riverside
Materials Connection REU
Riverside, California
Primary: Ludwig Bartels
(951) 827-5535
Research Topics/Keywords: Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering
University of California - RiversideAbstract of Award
University of California - Santa Barbara
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
Santa Barbara, California
Primary: Professor Craig Hawker
(805) 893-7161
Research Topics/Keywords: Polymers and composites, oxides, soft materials, molecular beam epitaxy
Comments: The MRSEC host numerous undergraduate research opportunities
University of California - Santa BarbaraAbstract of Award
University of California - Davis
Physics at UC Davis
Davis, California
Primary: Rena Zieve
(530) 574-8874
Research Topics/Keywords: condensed matter theory and experiment, complex systems and computational physics, nuclear and particle physics experiment, quantum gravity and astrophysics
University of California - DavisAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Physics
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
Research Topics/Keywords: STEM disciplines, retention and graduation rates
University of California-Santa CruzAbstract of Award
University of California, Davis
REU Site: Physics Research at UC Davis
Davis, California
Primary: Dr. Rena Zieve
(530) 574-8874
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Biological Physics, Complex Systems, Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics and Astrophysics
University of California, DavisAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Boulder, Colorado
Primary: Professor Noel Clark
(303) 492-6420
Research Topics/Keywords: Liquid crystals, optical materials and devices
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
University of ColoradoAbstract of Award
Colorado School of Mines
Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Renewable Energy
Department of Physics
Goldon, Colorado
Primary: Charles A Stone, IV
(303) 273-3762
Research Topics/Keywords: Next Generation Photovoltaics, Advanced Membranes
Colorado School of MinesAbstract of Award
New Haven, Connecticut
Primary: Charles H. Ahn
(203) 432-6421
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
Yale UniversityAbstract of Award
Washington, District Of Columbia
Primary: Prof. Jeffrey Urbach
(202) 687-6594
Secondary: Prof. Amy Liu
(202) 687-6583
Research Topics/Keywords: esperimental, computational, and theoretical nanoscale physics, soft matter physics, device physics, biophysics, cold-atom systems
Georgetown UniversityAbstract of Award
Washington, District Of Columbia
Primary: Steven Meyers, Ph.D.
(202) 872-6365
Research Topics/Keywords: chemical and materials science
Comments: Students will conduct research in Germany, Italy, Singapore, or the United Kingdom for 10-12 weeks under the guidance of faculty and graduate students
American Chemical SocietyAbstract of Award
Tallahassee, Florida
Primary: Jose A. Sanchez
(850) 645-0033
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials and phenomena at high magnetic fields
Florida State UniversityAbstract of Award
University of South Florida
NSF REU Program in Applied Physics
Tampa, Florida
Primary: Sarath Witanachchi
(813) 974-2789
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
University of South FloridaAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Physics
Gainesville, Florida
Primary: Professor Selman Hershfield
(352) 392-9387
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials physics
University of FloridaAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Department of Defense (DoD)
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
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics
Comments: Ethics component.
Georgia Tech Research CorporationAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Boise State University
Materials for Energy and Sustainability
Materials Science and Engineering
Boise, Idaho
Primary: Rick Ubic
(208) 426-1574
Research Topics/Keywords: Energy Generation, Storage, Conservation and Sustainability
Comments: Mentors from various disciplines work with students to develop skills needed to excel in both academic and industrial research environments, where interdisciplinary teams are standard.
Boise State UniversityAbstract of Award
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois MRSEC Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program
Urbana, Illinois
Primary: Dr. Pamela Pena Martin
(217) 300-6699
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.
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignAbstract of Award
Chicago, Illinois
Primary: Eileen Sheu
(773) 834-9916
Research Topics/Keywords: materials dynamics; nanostructured materials; quantum materials
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
University of ChicagoAbstract of Award
Evanston, Illinois
Primary: Professor Monica Olvera de la Cruz
(847) 491-3606
Research Topics/Keywords: oxide ceramics;polymers; plasmonics and molecular electronics
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
Northwestern UniversityAbstract of Award
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
REU Site for Interdisciplinary Materials Research
Carbondale, Illinois
Primary: Tammy Wieseman
(618) 453-6496
Secondary: Douglas Coons
(618) 453-6496
Research Topics/Keywords: materials chemistry, nanomaterials
Southern Illinois University at CarbondaleAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
Ames, Iowa
Primary: David Grewell
(515) 294-5225
Research Topics/Keywords: bioplastics and biocomposites
Iowa State UniversityAbstract of Award
Iowa City, Iowa
Primary: Sarah Larsen
(319) 335-1346
Research Topics/Keywords: Chemistry, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Pharmacy, Occupational & Environmental Health, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology
University of IowaAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
LSU, LA Tech, Southern, Tulane, UNO, Xavier
Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications
Primary: Staci C. Kramer
(222) 578-5381
Secondary: Michael Khonsari
(225) 342-4253
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.
LSU, LA Tech, Southern, Tulane, UNO, XavierAbstract of Award
New Orleans, Louisiana
Primary: Henry Ashbaugh
(504) 865-4000
Research Topics/Keywords: graduate school preparation, research ethics, technical communication, data analysis, and technology transfer
Tulane UniversityAbstract 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
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
University of New OrleansAbstract 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
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials science and engineering research
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Abstract of Award
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