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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the Center for Materials Innovation

The Center for Materials Innovation (CMI) offers a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) that aims to encourage the participation of students from underrepresented groups in science and engineering. The REU program acts as a pathway to increase the number of underrepresented students entering graduate school. REU participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The CMI MRSEC REU program collaborates with other UM summer research programs in physics, biophysics, and engineering. This partnership exposes students to a wider breadth of UM research and gives them the chance to work with a diverse cohort of peers. The MRSEC REU program emphasizes the integration of research and education, with a focus on attracting and retaining a diverse body of next-generation materials researchers. Applications are evaluated based on academic achievement, research interest, and letters of recommendation. Priority is given to students from non-research-intensive institutions.

Participants in the program will spend 10 weeks performing materials science research. Research projects will focus on Semiconductors & 2D Materials or Sustainable Polymers, with a range of approaches including computational, statistical, theoretical, and experimental. Professional development and social activities are included in the program to ensure a well-rounded experience.

The application will require:

  • Personal statement (1 page)
  • Resume or CV (1 page suggested)
  • Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Letter of recommendation

For your personal statement: Provide a brief statement (one page) describing your career goals in scientific research and why you wish to participate in this program. Discuss your plans after graduation (graduate school, employment, etc.) and why you wish to pursue this research opportunity. Connect your interests, experience, and/or career goals to a project you might like to work on this summer. You can see a list of MRSEC projects here.

Education Program Type: 
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Application Deadline: 
February 5, 2024