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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
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
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Lincoln, Nebraska
Primary: Maggie Jobes
(402) 472-0073
Research Topics/Keywords: Bioenergy Systems, Nanohybrid Functional Materials, Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure
University of Nebraska-LincolnAbstract 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
Research Topics/Keywords: Microsystems and bio-interfaces, nanostructured materials.
University of New MexicoAbstract 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
University of North Texas
REU Site: Advanced Processing and Materials Characterization
Materials Science and Engineering
Denton, Texas
Primary: Samir Aouadi
(618) 967-5393
Research Topics/Keywords: Synthesis and processing, Structure and characterization, Materials properties, Modeling and simulation
University of North TexasAbstract of Award
University of Pennsylvania
Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Primary: Arjun G. Yodh
(215) 898-6354
Secondary: Mark Licurse
(215) 898-6461
Research Topics/Keywords: materials research projects in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biophysics, materials science or engineering
University of PennsylvaniaAbstract of Award
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials
Chemical Engineering
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Primary: Ubaldo Cordova
(787) 831-2065
Research Topics/Keywords: development and study of new soft materials that are able to efficiently conduct multiple functions and operate away from equilibrium
University of Puerto Rico - MayaguezAbstract of Award
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
Secondary: Prof. Joseph Lott
(601) 266-6867
Research Topics/Keywords: polymer composites
University of Southern MississippiAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
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
Primary: Risa Hartman
(512) 232-7568
Secondary: Prof. Brian Korgel
(512) 471-5633
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 TexasAbstract 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
Secondary: Debra Mascaro
(801) 581-7687
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
University of UtahAbstract 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
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.
University of VirginiaAbstract of Award
Seattle, Washington
Primary: Shaun Taylor
(206) 685-2029
Research Topics/Keywords: frontiers of science, accelerate the development of future advanced technologies, and address challenges of broad national and societal importance
University of WashingtonAbstract of Award
Seattle, Washington
Primary: Shaun Taylor
(206) 685-2029
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
University of WashingtonAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Madison, Wisconsin
Primary: Nicholas Abbott
(606) 262-3022
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-MadisonAbstract of Award
Nashville, Tennessee
Primary: Prof. Clare McCabe
(615) 322-6853
Secondary: Prof. Sandra Rosenthal
(615) 322-2633
Research Topics/Keywords: nanoscale materials and engineering
Vanderbilt UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Engineering
Pullman, Washington
Primary: Michael R. Kessler
(509) 335-8654
Research Topics/Keywords: scientific frontiers of bioplastics and biocomposites
Washington State UniversityAbstract of Award
West Virginia University
REU Site: Multifunctional Nanomaterials
Morgantown, West Virginia
Primary: Lisa Holland
(304) 293-0174
Secondary: Kimberly Quedado
(304) 293-7382
Research Topics/Keywords: nanomaterials, smart materials, photoactive materials, sensor materials
West Virginia UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
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
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