Research Experience for Undergraduates

Welcome to Multifunctional Materials, a National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Here you can learn about our team, projects and how to apply.

Program Dates: May 30 - August 4, 2017

Application deadline: February 10, 2017

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University has received the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Over a period of three years, the grant will enable the department to offer research experiences in multiscale experiments and modeling of multifunctional material systems to 10 undergraduate students.

Texas A&M’s program offers opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in materials science research early in their undergraduate careers regardless of their majors. It also promotes success of more senior students, particularly underrepresented minority students who have already developed an interest in materials science, but would benefit from a research experience.

During the 10-week program, students will get hands-on experience in various materials synthesis and characterization techniques, different types of multifunctional materials, and materials modeling methods such as molecular dynamics to continuum scale constitutive modeling, optimization, advanced finite element-based micro-mechanics, and macroscopic finite element modeling. They will learn how research is conducted, develop experimentation and modeling skills, and learn how to conduct property characterization, analysis, testing and optimization of multifunctional materials and components. The students will be mentored by materials science and engineering faculty and a trained graduate student.

At the end of the program, students will present their research results in a poster symposium and participate in an REU Students Invent Experience in collaboration with the Aggies Invent program.

Students receive:

  • a stipend of $5,000
  • on-campus housing and travel support
  • opportunity for an industrial visit
  • GRE training sessions and professional development seminars
  • opportunities for poster session with 150+ students from different REU programs

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