The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) and the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) sponsor research opportunities for undergraduates in disciplines related to materials science. Potential projects span a broad range of topics under the guidance of faculty from the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The research topics chosen each year complement the current research of faculty associated with the Princeton Center for Complex Materials.
The REU program is principally focused on providing students with the opportunity to carry out research at the forefront of materials science and engineering. In addition, PCCM provides a proactive educational program consisting of short courses and lectures, designed to introduce students to the grand challenges of materials research. Special seminars also examine the role of science and engineering in society. Lab visits to both Princeton labs and industrial labs in the area are arranged.
The 2019 REU program will run from Monday, June 10 to Friday, August 9.
The Registration for year 2019 of PCCM's REU is now open; registration deadline is February 22, 2019.
In 2018 PCCM hosted 13 REU students from 9 different states/territories, from Florida to California. The students worked over the course of 9 weeks, focusing on a wide range of materials science topics such as chalcogenide materials, crystallization kinetics, polymers, thin films and batteries. Over 40 students from other REU programs at Princeton University participated in the PCCM trips and weekly seminars. The program culminated with Poster Night on August 10, with over 100 members of Princeton University faculty, staff, students and REU participants.
This program is funded by a MRSEC grant (DMR-1420541).