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The Center for Materials Science and Engineering collaborates with the Materials Processing Center (MPC) to offer a nine-week summer research internship program. The objective of the program is to provide undergraduates with an opportunity to immerse themselves in exciting materials research as part of a team of graduate students and postdoctoral associates under the leadership of CMSE/MPC faculty.

Approximately ten undergraduate students are selected to participate in the program each year. The interns, all entering their junior or senior year, are chosen on the basis of their academic standing, faculty recommendations, and research interests.

The students begin the summer with a three-day symposium featuring faculty presentations on current research topics and tours of related laboratories. In the course of this symposium, a wide variety of possible projects are outlined for the students. The remainder of the first week is devoted to individual meetings with faculty and the matching of interns with projects. During the summer, the group meets weekly for research discussions and seminars led by guest speakers. The interns also participate in the regular meetings of their respective research groups. At the end of the program, the interns present their research in a poster session that is attended by the MIT community.

The Summer 2017 program will run from June 15 to August 5, 2017. Register for the REU Program here. The application deadline is February 10, 2017.

Click here to read about the most recent events and other stories on this program.

Please contact either of the following people with any questions:

Ms. Susan Rosevear, Education Officer
Center for Materials Science and Engineering
Phone: (617) 253-0916

Ms. Lisa A. Sinclair, Senior Administrative Assistant
Human Resources
Materials Processing Center
Phone: (617) 253-5179


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