Research Experience for Undergraduates
The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) and the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) are sponsoring research opportunities for undergraduates in disciplines related to Materials Science. Potential projects span a broad range of topics under the guidance of faculty from the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The research topics are chosen each year to complement the research of faculty associated with the Princeton Center for Complex Materials.
The REU program is principally focused on providing students with the opportunity to carry out research at the forefront of materials science and engineering. In addition, we provide a proactive educational program consisting of short courses and lectures, designed to introduce students to the grand challenges of materials research. Special seminars also examine the role of science and engineering in society. Lab visits to both Princeton labs and industrial labs in the area are arranged.
The REU program will begin on Monday, June 9 and will end on Friday, August 8. Those students selected for the program will receive a weekly stipend. Princeton University housing will be available to REU participants.
We encourage applications from students of all science and engineering disciplines. Those interested in applying to the program may do so online.
1. You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident,
2. You must be 18 years of age or older,
3. You must have health insurance coverage for the summer,
4. You must not be graduating before the end of the program in August,
5. You must be an undergraduate student attending a two-year or four-year accredited college, having completed at least your freshman year before participating the start of the program (you may be a freshman when you apply)
Required application materials:
One letter of recommendation
All applicants should ask their registrar to send an official copy of your college transcript to the address below for hard copies. If your institution offers secured, certified electronic copies, those may be sent via email from your registrar to email@example.com. When describing your research interests in your application, it is important to be explicit about the research areas that interest you. We will then make an effort to find the best match between potential research projects and your research interests.
The deadline for applications is March 1. Selection of participants will be made from mid-February through April. Those selected for the program will be notified by email, with information about a potential research topic and research mentor. Upon acceptance to the program, students are encouraged to contact the assigned faculty advisor or Professors Mikko Haataja or Jay Benziger if in need of further information or assistance. All applicants will be notified of their status, regardless of the decision by the end of April.
All transcripts and application information that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to:
Princeton Center for Complex Materials Princeton University
Attn: Sergio Aclo
70 Prospect Avenue, Bowen Hall
Princeton, NJ 08540-5211
FAX: (609) 258-1177
Inquiries may be addressed to:
Education Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (609) 258-8830
Faculty Advisors for this program:
Prof. Jay Benziger, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Prof. Mikko Haataja, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Dan Steinberg, Director of Education Outreach