The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has been host to several past educational programs.
Computational Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (CMSE GAANN) sponsored by the Department of Education provided need-based fellowships to PhD students who received exceptional training in research and education in the field of computational materials science and engineering in the critical areas of novel materials and nanotechnology; defense applications; manufacturing, design, and optimization; digital signal processing in materials characterization; and bioengineering and bioinformatics.
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Drexel Research and Education in Advanced Materials (GAANN-DREAM) sponsored by the Department of Education provided need-based graduate fellowships to PhD students with an emphasis on nanomaterials, biomaterials, and materials for nuclear applications, as well as teaching preparation for future academic careers and the opportunity to participate in an international or industrial research experience.
REU Site: DREAM
The Research Experience for Undergraduates Site: Drexel Research Experience in Advanced Materials (REU Site: DREAM) program, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, was a 10-week summer program for freshman and sophomore undergraduate students in the field of materials science and engineering. The program enabled 68 students to be paired with faculty and graduate student mentors in the lab and participate in workshops in technical communications, safety, and library research, as well as field trips. At the conclusion of the program, students presented a poster in a poster contest with other REU programs at Drexel and produced a two-page white paper on an original research idea.
REU Site: SENSORS
The REU Site: SENSORS program, funded by the National Science Foundation, was a 10-week program for rising juniors and senior undergraduate students in the field of sensor research. Students were paired with faculty and graduate student mentors in the lab and participated in workshops in ethics, technical communications, safety, and library research, as well as field trips. At the conclusion of the program, students presented a poster in a poster contest with other REU programs at Drexel and produced a two-page white paper on an original research idea.
Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
Research Experience for Teachers NANO (RET-NANO) was a National Science Foundation funded program for high school and community college teachers. The program ran for seven weeks and focused on the area of nanotechnology. Participants received a stipend and had the opportunity to work in a research lab, develop curricula and experiments to incorporate into their classrooms, build their own website, learn about the grant proposal process, and attend field trips. This program was co-organized by the University of Pennsylvania.