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Polymer Science Program Details

Internships

Although not required by the program, many students participate in industrial  research internships and university research experiences for undergraduates during the summers.  Recent examples of locations are

Chevron Oronite
Ascend Performance Materials
Future Labs
U.S. Corps of Engineers
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Alchemy Nanotechnologies
Princeton University
Vanderbilt University
University of California – Santa Barbara
Case Western Reserve University

Other Distinctive Program Elements

The School of Polymer Science and Engineering offers a student support infrastructure that assists students with individualized tutoring, topic specific workshops, and an online page for additional resources for polymer science courses as well as prerequisite courses.  Additionally, the Polymer Science Association student group provides access to a study room in the Thames Polymer Science Research Center as well as social and outreach activities that help build relationships among students at all levels.

Research Opportunities

All students participate in faculty led groups that are involved in cutting edge, externally funded research projects.  These projects can range from aerospace composite development to fundamental understandings of the properties of materials of the creation of new polymers.  When involved in research projects, students learn the skills, techniques, and methods necessary to solve challenging technical problems.  This experience enhances scholarship, internship, and future employment opportunities.