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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
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
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy
Comments: This project was co-funded the first year with DMR.
Renssaeler Polytechnic InstituteAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Rochester Institute of Technology
Materials, Application and Development for Organic Photovoltaic Devices
Chemistry and Materials Science
Rochester, New York
Primary: Christopher Collison
(585) 475-6142
Research Topics/Keywords: the development of improved materials targeted for organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices
Rochester Institute of TechnologyAbstract of Award
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
REU Site: Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers - the On-Ramp at Exit 9
Department of Physics and Astronomy
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Primary: Dr. Andrew Baker
(732) 445-5500
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Astronomy and Materials Research
Rutgers, State University of New JerseyAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Astronomical Sciences, Physics
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
REU Site: Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers- the On0Ramp at Exit 9
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Piscataway, New Jersey
Primary: Dr. Andrew Baker
(848) 445-8887
Research Topics/Keywords: Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Astronomy
Rutgers, State University of New JerseyAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
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
Research Topics/Keywords: Metallurgical engineering, materials science, materials engineering
South Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Department of Defense (DoD), Engineering
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
Syracuse University
REU Site: Interactive Biomaterials
Biomaterials Institute
Syracuse, New York
Primary: Karen Low
(315) 443-3544
Secondary: Dr. Julie Hasenwinkel
(315) 443-9410
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.
Syracuse UniversityAbstract of Award
College Station, Texas
Primary: Holly Gaede
(979) 845-0520
Secondary: Marylin Warren
(979) 845-0520
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
Texas A&M Research FoundationAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Wooster, Ohio
Primary: John F. Lindner
(330) 263-2120
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials science, Physics, and Chemistry
The College of WoosterAbstract 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
Tuskegee University
REU in Nano-Bio Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Tuskegee, Alabama
Primary: Shaik Zainuddin
(334) 727-8501
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
University of Akron
Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Akron
Department of Polymer Science
Akron, Ohio
Primary: Mesfin Tsige
(330) 972-5631
Research Topics/Keywords: Polymer chemistry, polymer physics, polymer engineering
University of AkronAbstract of Award
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, 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
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 - 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-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
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
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
Gainesville, Florida
Primary: Professor Selman Hershfield
(352) 392-9387
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials physics
University of FloridaAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Department of Defense (DoD)
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
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
Amherst, Massachusetts
Primary: Professor Todd Emrick
(413) 577-1516
Research Topics/Keywords: Polymer science and engineering
Comments: The MRSEC conducts a summer REU program. 2015 program unavailable.
University of Massachusetts-AmherstAbstract of Award
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
B-SMaRT: A Biological and Soft Matter Research Traineeship
Amherst, Massachusetts
Primary: Jennifer Ross
(413) 545-0698
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, soft and biological materials science
University of Massachusetts - AmherstAbstract 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
Research Topics/Keywords: nanophotonics, nanomaterials, and nanophysics
Comments: opportunities available in experiment, theory, and computation
University of MichiganAbstract of Award
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
MRSEC REU Site: Nanomaterials
College of Science & Engineering
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Primary: Phil Engen
(612) 626-0798
Secondary: David Blank
(612) 624-0571
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
University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesAbstract of Award
University of Missouri
REU in Physics: Materials and Modeling
Department of Physics
Columbia, Missouri
Primary: Dr. Sashi Satpathy
(573) 882-4838
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Materials Science, Modeling
Comments: Students will perform research, attend weekly lectures and workshops, and engage with other undergraduate researchers
University of MissouriAbstract of Award
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