materials science

Penn State Physics & Materials REU and RET

Program Details

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The period of the program for the summer of 2017 is from May 30 st to August 4th, inclusive (9 AM May 30- 5 pm Aug 4). It is expected that students will normally be working here at Penn State throughout this time. If these dates conflict with your school’s academic schedule please let us know on your application form. It may be possible to arrange alternative dates in some cases.


Students will receive a stipend of $5,000 for the summer for the NSF funded Interdisciplinary Materials Physics and MRSEC REU Programs. Housing on campus will be paid for for NSF funded students.

Students of Penn State’s Physics Department will receive a salary determined by the department. Currently this salary is $4000. Housing is not included for Penn State Physics Students.


Visiting students will be matched with mentors from Condensed Matter Physics, Interdisciplinary Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering departments, according to their mutual interests. In your application you will have the opportunity to describe your research interests. Examples of previous research can be found on the research page.


We can reimburse out-of-state students for some travel expenses to and from Penn State for visiting students. The University Park campus is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of State College. State College is about a three hour drive or bus ride from Pittsburgh, about four hours from Philadelphia, Washington DC or Baltimore and five hours from New York. Flights into State College are available through Detroit, Philadelphia or Washington Dulles.


The NSF requires that REU participants must be either US citizens or permanent residents (Penn State Physics Students can be of any nationality). During the summer students must be enrolled in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree. The only exception is for students transferring from one university or college to another. High school graduates who have not yet entered a bachelor’s program, and seniors graduating before the summer are not eligible. Most students in the program will probably be college juniors, however applications are also welcomed from sophomores and freshman.

Women, Minorities and the Disabled

An important goal of the REU program is to provide an opportunity to do research to students who are historically underrepresented within scientific research. This especially includes women, members of underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities whose talents will be an important contribution to the nation’s scientific resources for the future. Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the staff at (814) 865-3884 in advance of your participation or visit.

Housing Arrangements

The visiting REU participants will be housed in on-campus university apartments that are a short walk from the department of Physics. Students will be responsible for making their own arrangements for meals – all apartments have kitchens. A number of restaurants are available both on campus and off campus. Convenience and grocery stores are also within easy reach. Please note, you will be responsible for all problems and damages that may occur during your stay. Parking is an option as well and will be an extra charge.

Group Training:

The first full day on campus will be spent on an orientation tour of the physics department, research facilities, libraries, and the campus. This will include recreation and cultural facilities, and other resource centers. You will complete lab safety training, and get your penn state ID activated. You will meet your faculty advisor and the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in your research group.


There are two outreach activities which occur during the suDSCN3114.JPGmmer in which REU students have had the opportunity to participate. One is a trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to learn about how science is conveyed in a museum setting. The other is helping to staff a science booth during Kids Day of the Central Pennsylvania Arts Fest,which happens in downtown State College. Both of these experiences provide an opportunity to learn and practice how science is conveyed to the public.

Professional Development:

The focus of this REU program is on scientific communication and interdisciplinary research. Each week will will have a meeting where we will cover topics of professional development relating to communicating science (be it to the public, to your peers, or to other scientists) and where faculty will describe their current research and other exciting current developments in their field. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.  To foster discussion about science and other topics there will also be networking and teambuilding activities organized to encourage everyone to get to know each other, and  graduate students, postdocs and faculty on an informal leveDSC02277.JPGl. This is one of the best ways to get a feel for what a career in science and engineering is all about.

Finally, at the end of the summer we will have a joint research symposium where you will give a short presentation on your project and a poster about your research to an audience of the other students who were engaged in summer reserach, your graduate mentors and your faculty advisors.

Summer  Information

The Summer Schedule and Google Calendar

Useful Summer Links

Materials Research Science & Engineering REU at Brandeis -Apply by Feb. 1st!


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Brandeis University was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to establish a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. The research in our center concerns the combination of materials science with biology. We have very strong programs in the physical sciences and the life sciences, which we have combined to study this fascinating area.

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Brandeis University was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to establish a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. The research in our center concerns the combination of materials science with biology. We have very strong programs in the physical sciences and the life sciences, which we have combined to study this fascinating area. Here are some examples of our research topics, involving theory, experiments and computer simulations:

  • how long polymer molecules like DNA behave when highly confined to the tiny volume of a cell
  • how “chiral” objects, ones that have a twisted shape, pack together to make interesting structures, like twisted ribbons and spiral shaped filaments
  • how assemblies of self-powered microscopic objects cluster together to make organized structures called “active matter,” that moves under its own power, like a cell crawling over a surface.

We are also “reverse engineering” elements of living cells to see how they are constructed and what elements of their structure are necessary for their function. An example is the cilia on the surfaces of cells in our lungs, which constantly work to sweep pollutants out of our lungs. We want to understand the structure and dynamics of these self-powered oscillating filaments, by observing their internal structure by three-dimensional electron microscopy, by genetic modifications to change their structure, and by mechanical experiments on single cilia, to measure their physical properties.

The summer REU program has a list of mentors and projects in this wide range of research topics, giving students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in a rapidly developing area of interdisciplinary science.

Applications and transcripts are due in early February, and selection of the summer students proceeds with center faculty through April. With direction from a faculty adviser and, in most cases, a postdoctoral fellow or graduate student, the REU student defines and sets up the program necessary to accomplish the 10-week summer project. A final presentation is given by each student at the end-of-summer seminar attended by center faculty, student mentors and fellow REU students.

The REU program includes:

  • a stand-alone, substantive research project, appropriate for a 10-week period for each student
  • $5,000 stipend plus all costs for travel and housing
  • interaction with a faculty member and daily interaction with a graduate student mentor
  • a full day faculty-led workshop on various research topics, ethics in research, and an early career panel
  • emphasis on professional development, including written and oral skills and preparing for a career in science and engineering
  • end-of-summer REU poster session in which students present research results and conclusions
  • social activities and visits to local area attractions

Materials Research Science & Engineering REU – Apply by Feb. 15th!

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

June 19 – August 18, 2017

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(Application deadline: February 15, 2017)

All applicants will be notified of the final decision by email.

The Northwestern University Materials Research Science & Engineering Center offers a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program over a 9-week period each summer.

The NU-Materials Research Science and Engineering Center is an interdisciplinary program focused on multi-functional nanoscale material structures.  Over 30 faculty from 7 different departments are involved.  REU students will have the opportunity to contribute to a research project led by a center faculty member and will participate in interdisciplinary research group meetings, expanding their science and engineering experience into a range of fields.  Students with an interest in nanomaterials and majoring in a science or engineering field are encouraged to apply.  Each student will be assigned to a graduate student or post-doctoral associate mentor who will work closely with them.

For an overview of Center research, please visit our research section. A list of some previous projects is also available. Each summer, a range of projects is available in both experimental and theoretical/simulation fields.

At the end of the REU program, the participants will write a technical paper and give a 15-minute oral presentation on their research at a symposium open to the public. Other program activities include a field trip to a national or industrial lab, a beach party for social networking, a panel discussion on graduate school admissions, and seminars by Northwestern faculty and graduate students.

Chicago is only a half an hour away with easily accessible public transportation, and city events such as the Taste of Chicago take place throughout each summer.

REU participants receive a stipend of $4,500, plus on-campus housing and a travel allowance. Since our start date is later than most other REU programs, this is the perfect summer program for students whose schools are on the quarter-system!

While there is no strict GPA requirement, the average GPA of admitted students is typically above 3.5.  However, we do look favorably upon students who can work through adversity.  Most accepted students are rising junior and seniors, though we encourage exceptional younger students who have some independent research experience to apply. You must nothave completed your degree before the program begins.  Due to NSF funding requirements, our program is open only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For further information, contact, 847-467-0470.

University of Minnesota Summer Undergraduate Research Programs – Apply by Feb. 15th


Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

Summer Research Programs available through the UMN MRSEC:

These 10-week summer programs provide outstanding educational and research experience in materials science and engineering to faculty and students from undergraduate institutions. Benefits to undergraduate participants include:

  • $5000 stipend; food, housing, and travel paid
  • Independent research project
  • Professional development activities: oral and poster presentation practice, scientific ethics, GRE prep
  • Hands-on access to world-class instrumentation facilities
  • Visits to industrial partners and academic/national labs
  • Travel grants for post-participation conference attendance
  • Weekly seminar series
  • Exposure to wide variety of research projects and diverse participant base
  • Meet with Admission/Transfer Counselors

The REU, American Indian, and Faculty/Student Team programs will begin June 1 and end August 7, 2015.

MRSEC faculty represent six departments within the College of Science and Engineering which makes the MRSEC uniquely able to match students from varying backgrounds with appropriate faculty mentors and research projects.

Participating Departments: Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.

Students in all STEM majors are encouraged to apply.

Additional information and applications for all of our programs can be found on our web site at All applications and application materials should be submitted electronically through our web site. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Phil Engen
Education & Outreach Director
Materials Research Science & Engineering Center
University of Minnesota
435 Amundson Hall
421 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-626-0798
Fax: 612-626-7805

Research Experience for Undergrads @ University of Utah – Applications due January 20th!


Research Experience for Undergrads
Summer Program

Each year, MRSEC funds up to 10 exemplary undergraduates to participate in summer research projects in the areas of Plasmonics or Organic Spintronics. Students with an interest and background in physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering (chemical, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical) are good candidates for the MRSEC Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Apply for the 2015 summer program now! 

To apply, complete these steps, in this order:

1. Complete the Online Application
2. Have two academic or professional references recommend you here and submit a letter (a pdf letter can be uploaded in the form) about your abilities.
3. Arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Administrator listed below.

A complete application package includes submission of the online application form, two academic or professional references (via this online form) with letters of recommendation (AFTER you complete the Online Application) and official transcripts mailed directly to the Administrator (contact info. listed below) from the applicant’s university or college transcript office. Unofficial transcripts will not be reviewed.

Deadline to complete the Online Application is 11:59 pm on January 20, 2015. Deadline for recommendations and official transcripts to reach the Administrator is 11:59 pm on February 2, 2015

UPenn REU In Materials Science – Due March 1st

The LRSM, a National Science Foundation supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), will offer twenty Summer Research Fellowships to undergraduates from colleges and universities in the United States who are majoring in science or engineering. Successful applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents. Each will work under the supervision of a faculty member on a current materials research project in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biophysics, materials science or engineering. Summer Fellows will have access to all the research facilities of the LRSM and of other laboratories, as required. University faculty will give a series of lectures on materials science and the Fellow will be expected to both write a short research report at the end of the fellowship period and also give an oral presentation to the group. An award will be given for the best paper. Fellows will also have access to the libraries, computer centers and recreational and athletic facilities of the University.

REU 2005 studentFellowships will normally be for a ten-week period, from June 2 through August 8, 2014, and will carry a stipend of $5,000. Fellows should have completed their junior year by the beginning of the fellowship period, although consideration will be given to exceptionally well-qualified sophomores. Students requiring accommodation will be housed in university dormitories at reduced rates.

Candidates should send a brief letter of application, which summarizes the pertinent courses they have taken (include transcript), outlines their career interests, and report on any previous research experience. At least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the applicant’s current college is required and this may accompany the application or be sent, separately, to the address given below.

Applications should be mailed as soon as possible but no later than March 1, 2014 and results will be announced in letters mailed no later than April 1, 2014. The NSF-REU program provides financial support for Summer Fellowships. Applications from women and minorities (defined as African-Americans, Hispanics, Native American Indians and Pacific Islanders), and the disabled, are especially encouraged and should be so identified.


click for [ On-Line Application Form ] (preferred)

more information:

Mark Licurse, Assistant Director of Education
Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter
University of Pennsylvania
3231 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6202

Tel. (215) 898-6461
Fax (215) 573-4759