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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
Alabama A&M University
Physics REU at AAMU
Department of Physics
Normal, Alabama
Primary: Dr. Padjama Guggila
(256) 372-8141
padmaja.guggilla@aamu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials Science, Optics and Space Science
Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
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
Abstract of Award
Tuskegee University
REU in Nano-Bio Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Tuskegee, Alabama
Primary: Shaik Zainuddin
(334) 727-8501
szainuddin@mytu.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
Abstract 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
Abstract of Award
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
Abstract of Award
University of California - Riverside
Materials Connection REU
Chemistry
Riverside, California
Primary: Ludwig Bartels
(951) 827-5535
ludwig.bartels@ucr.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering
Abstract of Award
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
Abstract of Award
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
Abstract 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
dlederma@ucsc.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: STEM disciplines, retention and graduation rates
Abstract 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
Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
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.
Abstract 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
cstone@mines.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Next Generation Photovoltaics, Advanced Membranes
Abstract of Award
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
Abstract of Award
Washington, District Of Columbia
Primary: Prof. Jeffrey Urbach
(202) 687-6594
urbach@physics.georgetown.edu
Secondary: Prof. Amy Liu
(202) 687-6583
liu@physics.georgetown.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: esperimental, computational, and theoretical nanoscale physics, soft matter physics, device physics, biophysics, cold-atom systems
Abstract of Award
Washington, District Of Columbia
Primary: Steven Meyers, Ph.D.
(202) 872-6365
s_meyers@acs.org
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
Abstract of Award
Tallahassee, Florida
Primary: Jose A. Sanchez
(850) 645-0033
sanchez@magnet.fsu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials and phenomena at high magnetic fields
Abstract 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
Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Physics
Gainesville, Florida
Primary: Professor Selman Hershfield
(352) 392-9387
selman@phys.ufl.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials physics
Abstract 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
keith.oden@cos.gatech.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics
Comments: Ethics component.
Abstract 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
rickubic@boisestate.edu
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.
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.
Abstract of Award
Evanston, Illinois
Primary: Professor Monica Olvera de la Cruz
(847) 491-3606
mrc@northwestern.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: oxide ceramics;polymers; plasmonics and molecular electronics
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
Abstract of Award
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
Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
Ames, Iowa
Primary: David Grewell
(515) 294-5225
dgrewell@iastate.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: bioplastics and biocomposites
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
Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
LSU, LA Tech, Southern, Tulane, UNO, Xavier
Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications
Louisiana
Primary: Staci C. Kramer
(222) 578-5381
sckramer@lsu.edu
Secondary: Michael Khonsari
(225) 342-4253
khonsari@me.lsu.edu
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.
Abstract of Award
New Orleans, Louisiana
Primary: Henry Ashbaugh
(504) 865-4000
hanka@tulane.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: graduate school preparation, research ethics, technical communication, data analysis, and technology transfer
Abstract 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
Abstract 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
terrell@nist.gov
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials science and engineering research
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
Abstract of Award