PCCM's REU program provides opportunities for undergraduates to carry out research at the forefront of materials science and engineering. For 9 weeks the REU students work on projects 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 REU research projects are not special projects created for the undergraduate level, but rather are an integral part of current research of faculty associated with the Princeton Center for Complex Materials. REU students are matched to ongoing research projects of the faculty based on the research interests they list in their application. Therefore, applicants are not only selected based on their qualifications, but also how well their interests align to the available projects.
The PCCM REU program also provides an educational component 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 2021 REU program ran from Monday, June 7 to Friday, August 6.
2020 REU was cancelled due to COVID-19
2019 REU: agenda (weeks 1-9) / Participant Research Projects
In 2019, PCCM hosted 16 students from 10 different states/territories, from Puerto Rico to California. The students work focused on a wide range of materials science topics such as graphene, tuning phase behavior of polynorbornene, microfluidic flows, fabrication, polymer colloid and organic materials for electronic devices. Over 40 students from other REU programs at Princeton University participated in the PCCM trips and weekly seminars. 70 students from nearby MRSECs, at NYU, Columbia and U Penn visited Princeton University to network with our REU students and participate in tour of local lab. The program culminated with Poster Night on August 8, with over 100 members of Princeton University faculty, staff, students and REU participants.
The PCCM REU program is funded by the NSF MRSEC grant (DMR 2011750).