Functional Materials and Manufacturing Institute
Research Experience for Undergraduates

Program Description:

This primary objective of this REU project is to cultivate engineering innovation skills in participants by challenging them to conceive functional materials and their structures, and methods for processing them to perform targeted engineering functions. The science of functional materials, especially, nano-materials and hybrid composite materials, has advanced substantially in recent years. To translate them into products useful to society requires much processing and manufacturing innovation to achieve targeted engineering applications. The goal of this REU project is to provide research opportunities to undergraduates to allow exploration of such reproducible, scalable, and economically viable processes using interdisciplinary engineering approaches within the vast resources of the common facilities available at the Functional Materials and ManufacturingInstitute (FMMI), the location of this project at USF. It is expected that the 30 participants over 3 years will get highly excited about engineering research careers of the future as a result of participation. In addition to the research opportunities provided to the students, activities are planned to promote improved communication and mentoring skills for the graduate students and faculty participants. Proven recruiting practices at out institution will be utilized to encourage participation of underrepresented sections in our REU program. Additional synergies with the current RET in Functional Materials project, also located in FMRI at USF, will be realized.


Project Outcomes:

The REU program will directly impact the careers of 30 NSF-sponsered REU participants over 3 years.

(1) Participating undergraduates with interdisciplinary skills will get the chance to demonstrate their innovation skills and realize the benefits from functional materials.

(2) Increased number of students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM fields.

(3) Improved communication and mentorship skills of engineering graduate students and faculty.

(4) Increased number of under-represented students in cutting-edge research.


Project Features:

(1) There will be a $5000 stipend awarded to the students who participate in this program.

(2) Be a part of cutting edge research involving materials science and engineering.

(3) Get experience in scientific research and get a chance to network with people who are experts in their fields.

(4) Get the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida.



This REU program will be hosted at the University of South Florida (USF). USF is located in the beautiful Tampa, Florida. There are many great things to do in Tampa as well as sites to visit.

(1) Busch Gardens

(2) Orlando/Clearwater only an hour away!


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