NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The NSF SusChEM: REU Site: Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials (SPHPM) was launched in the summer of 2010 under National Science Foundation award DMR-1005127 and is being continued under award DMR-1359239.

The grand challenges of the 21st century will require new and sustainable approaches to polymer materials development. Scientists will need to work in increasingly complex, interdisciplinary teams that address not only the technical challenges but also the environmental and global impacts of their research. The REU site at USM will develop sustainable approaches to polymer materials development to meet critical societal needs. Participants will be engaged in fundamental research projects that span the complex, interdisciplinary facets of materials sustainability, including polymer synthesis from renewable sources, materials with enhanced properties and lifetime, materials to improve utilization of natural resources, reduced energy polymer processes, and biodegradable materials, while gaining the tools to assess the environmental impact of new material development. The Polymer Science program at Southern Miss is a world-recognized leader in innovation of polymer, nanocomposite and nanoparticle research and development activities.

This past summer we had over 14 REU participants from across the country doing research in all areas of composite development – from matrix synthesis, molecular characterization, materials testing and computational modeling for systems in solution, bulk, films and on surfaces. The REU program will also give you a comprehensive background in polymer science and provide teambuilding and professional development activities throughout the summer.

If you would like to be part of this exciting REU program, or if you would like more information, please contact us.

2016 – Program begins Tuesday, May 31st – Friday, August 5th

Southern Miss –To the Top!!


REU Group Poster Session


Apply for the REU Program

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Director: Dr. Sarah Morgan
School of Polymers and High Performance Materials



REU Brochure

Co-Director: Dr. Joseph Lott
Assistant Professor
School of Polymers and High Performance Materials

Program Manager:  Mrs. Elizabeth Cranford