Research Experience for Undergraduates
in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Summer 2021 Internship Program


Program Dates

June 7th - August 6th, 2021.

Deadline to Apply for the 2021 REU Program: February 12th, 2021.


Overview

The School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering offers a competitive summer research experience for undergraduate (REU) students. Students will participate in a 9-week summer internship to investigate a fundamental question within the broad disciplines of polymer science and polymer engineering including polymer chemistry, polymer physics, polymer characterization, and biomaterials.

Each week, all interns will participate in research activities, a career development activity and discussions outlining their research progress. The group will also visit regional companies and a laboratory. The summer will culminate with an oral or poster presentation of each intern’s research results at the annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Support for Summer 2021 (9 weeks) is $5,400 and accomodations in the Exchange Dormitory. The internships are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, The University of Akron, and corporate sponsors. To be eligible for the stipends, participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Self-funded international students are encouraged to apply with the proof of financial support.

The School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is located in the Goodyear Polymer Center and the Polymer Engineering Academic Center. The school has state-of-the-art laboratories with research instrumentation in NMR spectroscopy, chromatography, thermal analysis, rheooptics, x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and molecular biology.

The research team will consist of graduate students, interns, post-doctoral research associates and faculty members from the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (SPSPE) with specific research interests that align with their role in the four cluster areas (R1) Polymer Chemistry, (R2) Polymer Physics, (R3) Polymer Engineering and (R4) Biomaterials.


Eligibility

  • Current full-time enrollment in a U.S. college or university
  • Completion of basic course work in chemistry, biology and physics
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the program
  • To be eligible for the stipends, participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Self-funded international students are encouraged to apply with the proof of financial support
  • Persons from groups underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Applications from students with disabilities are encouraged and will be accommodated through the Office of Accessibility
  • Applications from students with limited research opportunities or from 2 year institutions are highly encouraged

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