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Laboratory for Research and Structure of Matter (LRSM) Penn Summer Science Initiative (PSSI)

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Academic Level:
High School Students

The Penn Summer Science Initiative, PSSI, is sponsored by the Penn Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, MRSEC, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. It will accept up to 28 students entering their junior or senior year of high school from the Delaware Valley for a four-week lecture/lab. course in materials science from July 10th – August 4th, 2017. The course will run from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM daily in the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, LRSM, building. The course will consist of a formal lecture on materials science every morning followed either by a computer instruction laboratory or a discussion group on issues in science. Monday afternoons will be spent visiting local industrial laboratories. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons will be devoted to experimental laboratory work in which the student will be exposed to a variety of materials characterization techniques e.g. scanning electron, atomic force and optical microscopies, thermal analysis techniques, mechanical testing, and x-ray diffraction. Friday mornings will be spent visiting some of Penn’s major facilities e.g. Regional Laser Lab., Robotics Center, Ion Scattering Laboratory, Museum Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), etc. and Friday afternoons will be spent writing group lab reports. This program will be taught by Penn faculty and staff who are associated with the LRSM.

Students will be selected for this program based on their scholastic achievements, curriculum vitae, and teachers’ letters of recommendation. Students must have taken chemistry and/or physics courses. Minority and female students are especially encouraged to apply. This student enrichment course is free. The online application (click below) will require a CV, school transcript, and two letters of recommendation.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Pennsylvania (Lead)

Program Materials:
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Academic Disciplines:
Materials Science & Engineering

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 1/17/2017
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