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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

Description:


The LRSM has organized a free PSSI four week summer program for local high school students interested in materials science and engineering since 1993. Typically 24-28 students, usually juniors but occasionally well qualified sophomores, are accepted. The program consists of lectures on materials, a computer lab, experimental labs, and field trips to both industrial and Penn facilities. Students are drawn from schools in the Delaware Valley within easy commuting distance of the LRSM. Students from under-represented groups in science are encouraged to apply, especially those from the School District of Philadelphia, women, minorities and the disabled.

The course will include formal lectures from Penn faculty and affiliated researchers, a materials science workshop, lab report writing seminars, projects, and field trips. Three afternoons per week will be devoted to experimental laboratory work in which the student will be exposed to a variety of materials characterization techniques, such as scanning electron and optical microscopies, thermal analysis techniques, mechanical testing, and x-ray diffraction. Students will be expected to work on lab reports, projects, and other assignments outside of program hours.

Students will be selected for this program based on their scholastic achievements, resume, interest in science, and recommendations. Students must have taken chemistry and/or physics courses. Minority and female students are especially encouraged to apply. This student enrichment course is free.


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 7/24/2018
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