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Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand REU

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The IMOD Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program supports a select group of undergraduates, community college, and tribal college students to participate in authentic research in chemical synthesis of quantum photonic materials and integration printable electronic applications under the mentorship of world-class faculty and graduate students. Participants embark on a 9 to 10 week immersive summer research project in an IMOD research lab, and produce an abstract & poster summarizing their work. Students may be placed at a number of different participating labs and will participate in virtual seminars/symposia and will become part of the IMOD community. The Center for the Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand (IMOD) is a Science & Technology Center located at the University of Washington.

Eligibility: This program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This program prioritizes students from non-IMOD partnering locations who have completed one or two years of college, community college, or tribal college. Students must be 18 years old by the beginning of the REU session to work in the labs.

Stipend: up to $6,000. Plus $550 travel allowance, on-campus housing/housing allowance, & food allowance.

Research Focus: Optoelectronic devices that generate, sense, and control light underpin the modern information-technology era. Society is increasingly reliant on such devices for efficient lighting, information display, and optical data transmission. Furthermore, the study of optoelectronics is enabling new technologies ranging from ubiquitous sensors and photorealistic virtual reality displays to quantum-based information technologies that promise to produce exponential increases in computing power and secure communication networks from hacking. Such advances in optoelectronics, in turn, rely increasingly on advances in the synthesis of highly precise materials and the integration of different materials into functional optoelectronic devices and systems. IMOD is developing new classes of optoelectronic materials, devices, and systems with unprecedented functionality based on solution-processed inorganic materials.

Research projects within IMOD labs cover a broad range of disciplines, including chemistry, physics, materials science & engineering, and electrical & computer engineering. Students can choose to work on the theory that drives the development of new photonic materials that will enable quantum computing. Other labs work on integrating these new materials into devices at both the nano- & macro-scale.

Application Deadline: 1/15/2024

Participating Institution(s):
This program has 11 participating institutions.
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University of Washington (Lead)
Columbia University
City University of New York (CUNY) System
Georgia Institute of Technology
Lehigh University
Northwestern University
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Pennsylvania

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Optics & Photonics
STEM Fields

Electron Microscopy
Material Design
Molecular Engineering
Nanomaterials Science & Engineering
Nanoparticle Synthesis
Nanoscale Devices
Nonlinear Optics
Quantum Optics

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 4/17/2023
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