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REU: IDEA Incubator for Porous Materials

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Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The IDEA Incubator is an exciting program that seeks to nurture innovations in porous materials by "Integrating Discovery, Engineering and Art" (IDEA). We invite talented students from diverse backgrounds to participate in a 10-week immersive experience at the University of Kansas, conducting semi-independent research and team-based learning.

Students will participate in scientific discussions, laboratory tours, boredom-busting 'unseminars', social mixers, team-building activities, and a research symposium. Playful Friday workshops in a Design Studio will bridge engineering and art to cultivate innovation and a contextual sense of scale. Storytelling practice, through print and digital media, will help students gain confidence and enhance their public speaking skills. Our extensive partnerships with nine companies will also help students expand their network of contacts and learn about career opportunities.

Students will receive a $5,000 stipend and travel costs to and from Lawrence, Kansas (to $800). Summer housing on campus along with a meal plan are also provided.

Majors: Chemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering or a closely related field No previous research experience is necessary.

RESEARCH: Why Porous Materials?

Porous materials are of interest to scientists and industry because of their wide-variety of biomedical and chemical applications. For example, porous materials are used as adsorbents and membranes for separation, as catalysts for chemical reactions, and as scaffolds for tissue engineering.

With a plethora of applications and wide-range of types, this arena is ideal for tinkering-and ripe for discovery and innovation. A host of variables can be altered and tested, from the composition of the pores and supporting matrix to the number, size, shape, and arrangement of the pores. REU participants will explore, learn and grow as researchers within this framework. Research projects fall into two main categories, biomedical applications and catalysis applications for industrial processes.

We strongly encourage students from minority serving institutions and community colleges to apply. Women, minorities, and students with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. The University of Kansas is an equal opportunity institution, and our Academic Achievement and Access Center is dedicated to providing necessary services for individuals with special needs.

Application Deadline: 2/15/2020
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Program Dates: 5/27/2020 - 7/31/2020

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

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
STEM Fields

Biomass Conversion
Drug Discovery, Design & Delivery
Engineering Research
Material Design
Nanomaterials Science & Engineering
Renewable Energy
Solar Energy

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

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