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School of Polymer Science and Engineering

Outreach and Experiences

The International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium
February 20 -25, 2022
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

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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Ten week summer program targeted at current undergraduates entering their sophomore – senior year, interested in research in polymer science for a sustainable future.



Summer Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
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 learn to teach polymer science in their classroom. Our National Science Foundation: RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site for Sustainable Polymer Engineering Research, is a 6 week summer research program for teachers.

RET Program Application

Check out the science lessons previous RET teachers developed based on their summer research projects by visiting our Google Classroom site. Classroom Code: z197hcn

Middle School Science Teachers Workshop

Weeklong workshop for five middle school teachers to partner with an RET to develop a research based lesson for their middle school classroom.

The School of Polymer Science and Engineering is excited to offer a week long workshop June 28 – July 2, 2021, 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 CEMOs laboratories, observing research and two days developing research-based activities for their classroom. Selected teachers will receive a $1000 stipend for participation. Interested teachers should click below to apply for the program before the application deadline of Friday, April 16th, 2021.


MIddle School Teachers Workshop

Field Trip Requests
We welcome students 5th grade and up to visit our facilities for an overview of polymer science and engineering and participate in hands on demonstrations and tours of our facilities.

Field Trip Information

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School of Polymer Science and Engineering

202 Thames Polymer Science Research Center

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