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REU in Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials (RMSM)


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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Senior

Description:
The University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM), through support from the National Science Foundation, will host a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) focused on Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials (RMSM). This new REU program will host undergraduate students in a 10-week, highly interdisciplinary, summer research experience involving scientists and engineers. It combines efforts from 7 academic departments at UPRM performing top-notch research on the development and study of new soft materials that are able to efficiently conduct multiple functions and operate away from equilibrium.

Soft matter unites a broad class of physical states, ranging from colloids and micelles to biological and granular matter, that are easily deformed by external stresses. Self-assembly, non-equilibrium, driven/active matter, frustration, topology and folding are just a few of the many diverse topics addressed by soft matter researchers. This REU site will provide the students a broad experience of the soft matter field and help them identify the interconnected properties and features that make these materials relevant for emerging needs and applications in nanotechnology, bioengineering, and the industry. The students will learn from their mentors how the deformation of materials with multifunctional and/or reconfigurable properties correlates to their fundamental composition and structure.


Application Deadline: 2/9/2018

Program Dates: 5/29/2018 - 8/3/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (Lead)

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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Materials Science & Engineering

Keywords:
Materials Processing
Soft Materials

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


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