Research Experience for Undergraduates

Mississippi State University REU Program in Optoelectronic Materials

Applications due: March 15, 2020
Start date: June 1, 2020
End date: August 7, 2020

The Mississippi State University Chemical Engineering Department seeks applicants for an interdisciplinary NSF-supported summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students who have completed their freshman year of college and who have not yet graduated can participate Summer Research Program activities in Optoelectronic Materials. The selected students work on a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor in the Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The students will have the opportunities to participate in professional development, social and outreach activities. Student participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a housing and meal plan for ten weeks, and travel assistance.

Research on optoelectronic materials is increasingly growing as this research will allow to harvest energy from light with different wavelengths.  However, many challenges need to be overcome, including developing synthetic routes to obtain new materials, processing of these materials for real life applications, and elucidating the theoretical underpinning that allows one to optimize the properties of these materials. Towards these goals students will have the opportunity to work in the research projects related to the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, self-assembly and mechanical properties of soft materials, molecular modeling, molecular dynamics simulations, computational quantum chemistry.


Undergraduate student participants must have completed their freshmen year of college but not yet graduated, and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Students from a variety of majors will be considered including all engineering majors, polymer and materials science, chemistry, and physics. Underrepresented groups in engineering and science are strongly encouraged to apply, including minorities, and women.

Research Areas

  • Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials
  • Self-assembly and mechanical properties of soft materials
  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Computational quantum chemistry

Participant Benefits

  • Stipend: $5,000
  • Housing and Meal Plan Provided
  • Travel Assistance
  • Team-building Activities
  • Field Trips

For program and application information contact:
Dr. Santanu Kundu
Dr. Neeraj Rai