Research Experience for Undergraduates

Mississippi State University REU Program in Optoelectronic Materials

Applications due: March 15, 2021
Start date: June 1, 2021
End date: August 6, 2021

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.

Research Areas

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

Eligibility

  • STEM background
  • Sophomore and above standing
  • From EPSCoR state/territory (listed below)

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Delaware
Guam
Hawaii
Idaho

Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Mississippi
Montana

Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Puerto Rico

Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Vermont
Virgin Islands
West Virginia
Wyoming

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