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Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

The Brown MRSEC REU program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to work for ten weeks under the guidance of an MRSEC faculty member. During the 10 week program regular scheduled weekly activities for the REU students have been developed to broaden their knowledge of research.  Several of these focus on the use of various experimental techniques in materials research whereas others will involve local industries and lectures on topics such as giving oral research presentations, preparing scientific posters and discussions on graduate studies.

Each REU participant will work with a research group, on a given project allowing the students to have a research experience as well as a social and educational opportunity to guide his/her future. Students are required to present a report at the end of their summer research activity and to complete a program evaluation. A stipend is available for the 10 week program as well as housing and travel cost reimbursements. The program will begin in early June and run through early August. Our program is particularly interested in increasing the participation in research of women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities.

The program leverages activities with the NSF GK-12 Program, The Leadership Alliance Program and partners with Florida A&M/Florida State Universities.  Firstly, the summer research program is strengthened by our partnership with the Leadership Alliance (LA), a national coalition of 29 schools formed to increase minority research experiences, and located on the Brown campus.  The LA summer program provides invaluable organizational, social, and mentoring support for minority students in technical fields.

Brown’s REU program also benefits from our partnership with the mechanics and materials group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Florida A&M/FSU, with the direct overlap of research interest in nano and micromechanics, including nanocomposites and dislocation-based plasticity.  These interactions further foster joint research proposals and proposals for enhancing the undergraduate and graduate research experience for FAMU students.

The MRSEC REU program is run through The Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI)/Center for Advanced Materials Research (CAMR) at Brown.  IMNI is an umbrella organization to support centers and collaborative research teams in targeted areas of the molecular and nanosciences.  CAMR is an independent academic unit within IMNI whose goal is to coordinate and facilitate research and education in materials sciences across the campus, as well as foster inter-institutional scholarship and study of modern materials by advanced experimental and theoretical tools.