The NSF-funded CEM REU program involves a wide range of research projects where students will learn to address scientific issues including:
Integrating materials synthesis and growth, characterization, novel probe development, and theory
Modeling in order to enhance computation technology
Improving energy efficiency through the discovery of new materials, novel phases of matter and innovative spin science.
Students will participate in professional development activities focusing on preparing for graduate school and research related careers. They will also participate in peer networking and social activities. Successful REU applicants will be paired with a faculty mentor from a core CEM department (Physics, Materials Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Chemistry) and will perform experimental or computational research projects aligned with CEM focal areas.
A complete application packet includes: (1) Completed online application. Prior to opening the survey, please have your responses prepared for the following prompts:
Experience: Please describe your previous laboratory or other research experience, if any. Include practical experience, e.g., electronics, computer repair or programming, etc.
Goals: Please describe your career goals and plans after completion of Bachelor’s degree. Also, explain how your previous experiences and the REU program will help you achieve them.
Scientific Area of Interest: Please explain what sort of research interests you, so we can match you with a suitable advisor. We recommend that you check our CEM website to see what our faculty are doing and suggest projects that look particularly interesting. Please start on this page: http://cem.osu.edu/research/and click the blue links for IRG-1, IRG-2, IRG-3, and Seed Funding Program to link to specific faculty members (listed at the bottom of each respective page).
Optional: Please describe your reasons for applying for this program. In this essay, you might include any personal circumstances, e.g. financial need, family support, etc. that make this program particularly appealing. You may wish to explain here any special circumstances that the transcript does not adequately represent.
(2) An Official Undergraduate Transcript.
(3) 2 Letters of Recommendation.
For first consideration, please submit applications by February 15.
About The Ohio State University, Center for Emergent Materials
The Center for Emergent Materials, located at The Ohio State University, is one of a network of Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The MRSEC program funds teams of researchers from several different disciplines who work collaboratively on materials research in order to address fundamental problems in science and engineering. By working in teams, called Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRG), the researchers at CEM tackle scientific problems that are too large and complex for a scientist working alone to solve. There are two IRGs at the Center for Emergent Materials focused on researching the quantum mechanical phenomenon called “spin” in order to understand and engineer functional nanostructures.
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