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Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Center for Materials Science and Engineering collaborates with the Materials Processing Center (MPC) to offer a ten-week summer research internship program. The objective of the program is to provide undergraduates with an opportunity to immerse themselves in a summer of exciting materials research as part of a team of graduate students and postdoctoral associates under the leadership of CMSE/MPC faculty. Approximately fifteen undergraduate students are selected to participate in the program each year. The interns, all entering their junior or senior year, are chosen on the basis of their academic standing, faculty recommendations, and research interests. The students begin the summer with a three-day symposium featuring faculty presentations on current research topics and tours of related laboratories. In the course of this symposium, a wide variety of possible projects are outlined for the students. The remainder of the first week is devoted to individual meetings with faculty and the matching of interns with projects. During the summer, the group meets weekly for research discussions and informal seminars led by guest speakers. The interns also participate in the regular meetings of their respective research groups. At the end of the program, the interns present their research in a poster session that is attended by the MIT community.

Education Program Type: 
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)