REU Site: Multidisciplinary Research for Undergraduates in Nanomaterials for Energy and Biological ApplicationsThis project involves the development and evaluation of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) focused on nanomaterials for energy and biological applications. The site will provide a diverse cohort of undergraduate students with a unique and immersive research experience infused with training and professional development programming. Over three years, this REU Site will: 1) Annually recruit 10 undergraduate students, a majority from underrepresented groups, from universities and community colleges with limited research opportunities and graduate programming, to participate in a summer program that will jumpstart their interest in academic research and higher learning; 2) Utilize the multidisciplinary nature of nanomaterials to impact students from across STEM fields and develop the skills needed to succeed in academic research; 3) Work to establish strong professional attributes within participants, including strong communication skills as well as ethical behavior and societal responsibilities pertaining to STEM research; and 4) Provide exciting and relevant research topics while cultivating a desire for career trajectories requiring advanced degrees.
SEIRI Role: For this REU site, SEIRI is consulting on the development of appropriate evaluation methods and instrumentation and monitoring and offering ongoing guidance regarding the collection and analysis of formative and summative data.
SEIRI Evaluator: Anthony Chase
Investigators: Mangilal Agarwal (PI), Yogesh Joglekar
Funding Organization: NSF Division of Engineering Education and Centers
RFP: Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Grant Status: Current (03/15/17 - 02/29/20)
Award Amount: $359,848