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Research Experience for Undergraduates in Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials

Location: Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Agency: University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Due Date: March 1, 2017
GPA: 3.00
Stipend: 5,000.00
Description: The University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM), 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. 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. The program offers faculty–led seminars on various soft material topics, special seminars on scientific communication, graduate school, scientific responsible conduct, an end-of-summer REU poster or oral presentation mini-symposium and field-trips to points of interest in Puerto Rico. Students receive a stipend of $5,000. Housing and travel to and from Puerto Rico are provided. The REU opportunity will run from May 26 – August 4, 2015.

Contact Information
Contact: Dr. Ubaldo M. Córdova-Figueroa
Phone: 787-832-4040 x5844
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