A cooperative research experience consisting of a team of a STEM undergraduate and doctoral student in SPSPE. The undergraduate student will be pursuing a minor in polymer science and polymer engineering and will initiate the research team through conversations with faculty interested in this program (listed on column to the right). The research projects will highlight areas of interest for PPG.
To provide guidance for the research, doctoral students with a keen interest in teamwork, innovation and emerging research careers will be engaged as mentors for undergraduate researchers in projects areas of interest to PPG. The research project will involve active engagement of the undergraduate student with the research project led by the Ph.D. student. Through this program, the students involved will achieve the following:
PPG funding will be used in four allotments of $10,000. Undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) students who are working on the Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering will be provided with a two-semester $2,000 merit-based scholarship for their participation in the independent study research project. The two semesters could include consecutive Fall, Spring, or Summer academic periods. Ph.D. candidates in the research areas identified below will be provided with support for 25% of their annual graduate research stipend (approximately $6,250). The graduate student and his/her advisor will agree to this level of effort. The remainder of each allotment (approximately $1,750) will be used to cover research expenses for materials, supplies, instrument use, and other standard university allowable direct costs. (Please note: Second semester award is contingent on adequate progress during the first semester)
Research topics for the initial focus will be:
Topics will be added or modified at the request and in participation with PPG technical leaders.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2021
Visit the Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering website for more information about this program.
Declare the Minor in PS&PE:
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