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The International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium
February 04 - 09, 2024
The annual Waterborne Symposium consists of topical sessions covering a broad range of issues within contemporary coatings science and technology. Held annually for almost fifty years, the symposium showcases new and innovative technology from academic and industrial scholars working around the globe.

Waterborne Symposium

Please visit us at www.waterbornesymposium.com for any additional information or contact us at info@waterbornesymposium.com | 601.266.4475 for more information.

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High School Competition
November 10, 2023

School of Polymer Science and Engineering
Thames Polymer Science Research Center

Mississippi is the only state with high school polymer science programs. The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI), located at Southern Miss, plays a key role in the establishment of these programs.

Seven South Mississippi high schools will gather on the Southern Miss campus on Friday, November 10, 2023, to test their knowledge of polymer science and observe some scientific experiments. 


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

REU: The Research Experience For Undergraduates in a ten week summer program targeted at current undergraduates entering their sophomore – senior year, interested in research in polymer science for a sustainable future. If you are interested, please see more information on the website below.

Applications open 1st October, 2023 and close January 1st, 2024.

REU PROGRAM INFORMATION AND APPLICATION


Summer Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

The Research Experience for Teachers is a six week summer research program for high school and junior college science teachers, looking to experience research in polymer science.

The School of Polymer Science and Engineering offers many programs geared toward helping teachers incorporate polymer science in their classroom. Our National Science Foundation: RET Site for Sustainable Polymer Engineering Research. During the workshop teachers will receive training in laboratory research, laboratory safety, team work, communication styles, and developing research-based activities for their classroom. Selected teachers will receive a $7000 stipend for completing all project components of the workshop (listed in application). They’ll also receive funding for classroom supplies and conference travel.

Applications open on December 1st, 2023 and close on March 31st, 2024.

If you are interested in finding out more information, please visit the website below.

 

RET Program Application


Middle School Science Teachers Workshop

The School of Polymer Science and Engineering is excited to offer a week long workshop June 24-28, 204, for middle school science teachers (5th – 8th grades). Five middle school teachers will be selected to participate in the workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation: EPSCoR Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics (CEMOs) grant. During the workshop teachers will receive training in lesson development, laboratory safety, team work, communication styles, spend time in USM Polymer Science and Engineering laboratories, observing research and developing research-based activities for their classroom. Selected teachers will receive a $1500 stipend for completing all project components of the workshop (listed in application).

Applications are open December 1, 2023 - April 8, 2024.

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Field Trip Requests

Is your class eager to know more about polymer science and engineering? Why not bring them to the School of Polymer Science and Engineering for a morning of fun-filled science demonstrations and an insight into life as an undergraduate in our department? Field trips can be catered to middle and high schoolers, typically between 9 - 11:30 a.m. 

For more information, reach out to:

Claire Clemons | Director of Education and Outreach
601 266 68652 | claire.clemons@usm.edu

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