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NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

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 The REU Site: Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers Science and Engineering will be held in the summer of 2023 under National Science Foundation award DMR-1950387.

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.

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

Program Dates: Monday, May 22, 2023 – Friday, July 28, 2023

Apply for the 2023 REU Program



Program Coordinator: Claire Clemons
Director of Education and Outreach
School of Polymer Science and Engineering

Director: Dr. Sarah Morgan
Professor and Executive Associate Director
School of Polymer Science and Engineering



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