Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute

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July 15-19, July 29 - August 2 or August 5 - 9, 2019

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!

Copper-polymer composite test samples being 3D printed
3D-printed polymer being mechanically tested
Students setting up their electrospinner used to create polymer nanofibers
Students measuring the power output of a silicon-based solar panel
Students learning how to properly mechnically test their 3D-printed polymer samples
Student group presenting their experimental results at the end of the week
Students prepare their glass substrates for creation of a dye-sensitized solar cell
Students deposit a titanium dioxide paste on glass during creation of a dye-sensitized solar cell
Scanning electron microscope image of electrospun polymer nanofibers
Students pose by Mario the Dragon at the end of the week
Copper-polymer composite test samples being 3D printed
3D-printed polymer being mechanically tested
Students setting up their electrospinner used to create polymer nanofibers
Students measuring the power output of a silicon-based solar panel
Students learning how to properly mechnically test their 3D-printed polymer samples
Student group presenting their experimental results at the end of the week
Students prepare their glass substrates for creation of a dye-sensitized solar cell
Students deposit a titanium dioxide paste on glass during creation of a dye-sensitized solar cell
Scanning electron microscope image of electrospun polymer nanofibers
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

$795 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. During the first two sessions (July 15-19 and July 29 - August 2), housing is available through Julian Krinsky Residential Services for students ages 14-18.

Apply!

Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2019 and will be reviewed on a monthly basis starting in February 2019. Apply here.

Applications require three components: an essay written by the student, a transcript (official or unofficial) and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach or guidance counselor.

The essay must be 200-400 words, submitted in PDF format and answer the following questions:

  • What material is most interesting to you and why?
  • Why do you want to be part of the Summer Institute?
  • What is your planned college major (if known) and/or career plans?

More Information

Questions can be directed to Dr. Christopher Weyant.