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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
Physics REU at AAMUAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
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
iREU Site: Building Networks for U.S. and International Materials Science Undergraduates in Germany, Italy, Singapore, and the United KingdomAbstract of Award
Cofunded: International Science and Engineering
Binghamton, New York
Primary: Jeffrey Mativetsky
energyREU@binghamton.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Energy generation, energy storage, energy materials, solar cells, batteries, mechanical energy harvesting, heat transfer, catalysis, experiment, modeling, interdisciplinary, industry collaboration
REU Site: Renewable Energy Generation and StorageAbstract of Award
Boise State University
Materials for Society
Boise, Idaho
Primary: Prof. Rick Ubic
(208) 426-2309
RickUbic@boisestate.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials Science, Magnetic Materials, Materials Modeling, Additive Manufacturing, Photovoltaics, Batteries, Ceramic Synthesis, Tissue Engineering
Materials for SocietyAbstract of Award
Boston, Massachusetts
Primary: Kelly Capri
(617) 653-7286
kcapri@bu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Biological Physics, Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Particle Physics, Physics Education Research, Photonics, Quantum Physics, Statistical Physics
REU Site: BU-PRO: Boston University Physics Research OpportunitiesAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Waltham, Massachusetts
Primary: Prof. Seth Fraden
(781) 736-2800
physics@brandeis.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: biomaterials, nano-structured materials, complex fluids, chiral self-assembly, confined polymers
Comments: This REU Program is a part of the MRSEC at Brandeis University.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center - BioInspired Soft MaterialsAbstract of Award
Brigham Young University
REU/retSite: 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: Physics, Acoustics, Astronomy, Atomic Physics, Condensed Matter, Extreme Ultraviolet & X-Ray Optics, Magnetism, Materials Science, Mathematical Modeling, Numerical Relativity & Quantum Information
Comments: RET component.
REU/retSite: Physics Research at Brigham Young UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
South Carolina
Primary: Stephen Foulger
(864) 656-1045
foulger@clemson.edu
Golden, Colorado
Primary: Eric Toberer
(303) 273-3171
etoberer@mines.edu
Secondary: Mohsen Asle Zaeem
zaeem@mines.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials Modeling, Machine Learning, Materials Informatics, Additive Manufacturing, Renewable Energy Materials
REU Site: Undergraduate Research Integrating Computation and Experiment to Create Revolutionary Materials (ICECRM)Abstract 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
Ithaca, New York
Primary: Frank Wise
(607) 255-1486
fww1@cornell.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Interdisciplinary Materials Research for Undergraduates
Cornell Center for Materials Research - MRSECAbstract of Award
Ithaca, New York
Primary: Katja Nowack
(607) 255-1486
kcn34@cornell.edu
Ithaca, New York
Primary: James Overhiser
(607) 255-2198
jlo34@cornell.edu
Secondary: Jasmine Harris
(410) 516-2826
jharris@jhu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Material science, materials discovery, bulk crystal growth, thin film synthesis, electron microscopy, theory
PARADIM Materials Innovation PlatformAbstract of Award
Tallahassee, Florida
Primary: Dr. Kawana Johnson
(850) 645-0033
kjohnson@magnet.fsu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials and phenomena at high magnetic fields
National High Magnetic Field LaboratoryAbstract of Award
Washington, District Of Columbia
Primary: Prof. Jeffrey Urbach
(202) 687-6594
Jeffrey.Urbach@georgetown.edu
Secondary: Prof. Amy Liu
(202) 687-6583
Amy.Liu@georgetown.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: experimental, computational, and theoretical nanoscale physics, soft matter physics, device physics, biophysics, quantum computation, physics education
REU Site: Georgetown University REU for Materials PhysicsAbstract of Award
Atlanta, Georgia
Primary: Dr. Keith Oden
(404) 385-0418
keith.oden@cos.gatech.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics
Comments: Ethics component.
REU Site: Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research in Physics: A Multi-Institutional REU ProgramAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Primary: Professor David Weitz
(617) 495-2842
Weitz@deas.harvard.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: micromechanics, soft materials, microfluidics
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program. Includes participation of pre-college teachers.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract of Award
Howard University
REU Site in Physics at Howard University
Deaprtment of Physics
Washington, District Of Columbia
Primary: Dr. Prabhakar Misra
(202) 806-6251
pmisra@howard.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Optics and Laser Spectroscopy
REU Site in Physics at Howard UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research, STEM Education
Illinois
Primary: Prof. Amir Mostafaei
(412) 320-0434
MS-REU@iit.edu
Secondary: Prof. Ali Khounsary
(312) 567-3576
Research Topics/Keywords: Material science, Synchrotron, X-ray techniques, X-ray optics, Manufacturing, Advanced materials, Tomography, Topography, Imaging, Spectroscopy, Scattering, Radiography.
Characterization of Materials Using Synchrotron and X-ray Based ToolsAbstract of Award
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
Lehman College of CUNY
REU Site: Integrated Design of Materials (IDM) in New York City (IDMinNYC)
Bronx, New York
Primary: Donna McGregor
(718) 960-8753
donna.mcgregor@lehman.cuny.edu
Secondary: Gustavo Lopez
Gustavo.lopez1@lehman.cuny.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: chemistry, engineering, physics, materials, electronics, energy, drug delivery, sensor technology, self-assembly
Comments: Students will spend 10 weeks doing research at a consortium of campuses at the City University of New York (CUNY), namely Lehman College, City College, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center.
REU Site: Integrated Design of Materials (IDM) in New York City (IDMinNYC)Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Primary: Professor Geoffrey Beach
(617) 258-0804
gbeach@mit.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: nanomaterials for elechtrochemical energy; polymeric materials; nanostructured fibers
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract of Award
Starkville, Mississippi
Primary: Hyeona Lim
(662) 325-7142
hlim@math.msstate.edu
Secondary: Torsten Clay
rtc29@msstate.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials science, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, High performance computing
REU Site: Computational Methods with applications in Materials ScienceAbstract of Award
Raleigh, North Carolina
Primary: Yara Yingling
(919) 513-2624
mse-reu-matdat@ncsu.edu
Secondary: Hillary Stone
hmstone2@ncsu.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: materials science, materials engineering, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, forest biomaterials, data science, machine learning
REU Site: Materials Research with Data Science (MAT-DAT)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.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract 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 Park, Pennsylvania
Primary: Jorge O Sofo
(814) 777-3450
sofo@psu.edu
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
Princeton, New Jersey
Primary: Professor Phuan Ong
(609) 258-4347
npo@princeton.edu
Research Topics/Keywords: electronic materials, molecular interfaces, self-assembly, nanostructures
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program.
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Abstract 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
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