Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute

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July 13 - 17 or July 20 - 24, 2020

Are you an aspiring scientist or engineer looking for a hands-on summer experience?

Explore materials science and engineering while learning about nanotechonology and sustainability during a week-long Summer Institute!

Students measuring the power output of a silicon-based solar panel
Students setting up electrospinner to create polymer nanofibers
Students learn how to mechanically test their 3-D printed polymer samples
Students pose by Mario the Dragon at the end of the week
Students measuring the power output of a silicon-based solar panel
Students setting up electrospinner to create polymer nanofibers
Students learn how to mechanically test their 3-D printed polymer samples
Students pose by Mario the Dragon at the end of the week

Materials are at the core of technological advances across all fields of science and engineering. From the ever-shrinking microchip containing billions of nanoscale transistors to advances in drug delivery for cancer therapy, materials scientists and engineers manipulate atomic structures to change properties on small and large scales. The future possibilities for materials innovations are endless and continue to contribute to improving our daily lives.

Program Overview

The Drexel University Materials Science & Engineering Summer Institute will give aspiring scientists and engineers the chance to learn about how atomic elements arrange themselves to form the materials that are all around us. Furthermore, the Summer Institute will emphasize how variables in processing of materials determine physical, mechanical, electrical and thermal properties.

Through hands-on science and engineering activities, students will gain an understanding of how materials impact the fields of energy, biotechnology, electronics,
and 3D-printing of composites. Sustainability and nanotechnology will be a theme woven through all of the modules. The learning environment will include work in the Innovation Studio, a materials science and engineering laboratory, and the Centralized Research Facility with includes advanced microscopy equipment. The week will culminate with presentations in which students will discuss their results from group projects. The roles of nanotechnology and sustainability in each of these areas will be emphasized.

Fee

$850 includes lunch as well as all educational and laboratory supplies.

Housing (for an additional fee)

Housing is handled separately with two options being available. Please contact the respective organization for cost and additional details:

  1. During any session, students 18 and older or those accompanied by an adult can stay in a Drexel University dormitory.
  2. Housing is available through Julian Krinsky Residential Services for students ages 14-18.

Apply!

Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2020 and will be reviewed on a monthly basis starting in January 2020. Apply here.

Applications require three components:

  1. Transcript (official or unofficial)
  2. One letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach or guidance counselor
  3. Essay (100-300 words) answering the following questions:
  • What material is most interesting to you and why?
  • Why do you want to be part of the Summer Institute?

More Information

Questions can be directed to Dr. Christopher Weyant.