Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute

July 12 - 15 or July 19 - 22, 2021

Are you an aspiring scientist or engineer looking to learn about how people create materials that improve our lives?

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
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
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 rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are 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 science and engineering activities, students will gain an understanding of how materials impact the fields of energy, biotechnology, electronics, and aerospace. Sustainability and nanotechnology will be a theme woven through all of the modules.

Modes of Program Delivery

This year’s Summer Institute will be a hybrid program. Students will be able to either participate virtually through Zoom or attend the program in-person at Drexel. For those students attending in-person, safety protocols will be in place including wearing masks and social distancing.

The program will run 12:30-4:30 p.m. on each day. (Monday-Thursday)

Fee

$425 for the virtual or in-person program. Fee will be due June 30, 2021.

Drexel MSE Undergraduate Scholarship for 2021 Participants

Materials Summer Institute 2021 participants who subsequently apply to Drexel University and are accepted into the materials science and engineering (MSE) major will automatically receive a scholarship for $250 per quarter that they are in class full time (up to a total of $3,000 while at Drexel in MSE). The Materials Summer Institute Scholarship will be in addition to other financial aid received.

Apply!

Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2021 or until all the available slots in the program are filled. Apply here.

Applications require two components:

  1. Transcript (unofficial is fine)
  2. 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.