The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the School of Polymer Science and Engineering (SPSE) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is designed to attract students from diverse backgrounds and provide the foundation for development of interdisciplinary research skills through a comprehensive research and professional development program to train undergraduate students who will eventually pursue advanced degrees in STEM disciplines. Students will participate in fundamental polymer materials research that is aimed at providing innovative solutions to meeting societal needs in a sustainable fashion, designing for recyclability and degradability, utilizing renewable feedstocks, enhancing process efficiency, and developing materials for sustainable energy. They will build interdisciplinary communication skills through participative workshops and outreach activities in the community, be exposed to materials manufacturing challenges through interaction with local polymer businesses, and gain appreciation for environmental impact of materials through lectures, field trips and literature review.
About USM School of Polymer Science and Engineering
Polymer science and engineering is a multidisciplinary STEM field focused on this special class of molecules. Polymer materials are ubiquitous in almost every aspect of modern life, and advances in the field enable scientific and technological breakthroughs in a wide range of technical applications. The School of Polymer Science and Engineering is nationally and internationally recognized for the achievements of its faculty, its level of research excellence and the quality of our students.The school is home to numerous scientific, educational and outreach programs, institutes, and symposia sponsored by private, industrial and federal agencies. The School of Polymer Science and Engineering faculty are engaged in world leading and innovative research spanning multiple areas in the field of polymer science and engineering. These research areas include functional polymeric materials, energy and sustainability, materials for biology and health and high-performance polymers, composites, and coatings.
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