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 2018 REU program will run from Monday, June 11 to Friday, August 10.
In 2017 PCCM hosted 22 REU students from 10 different states/territories (from Puerto Rico to California), including several that participated in our PREM Partnership with California State University Northridge. The students worked over the course of 9 weeks, focusing on a wide range of materials science topics such as ultra-fast laser pulses, superconducting qubits, thin films and batteries. Over 60 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).