Do you want a distinguished career in materials related fields that may solve future computing and communication needs or energy problems?
Do you want to be accepted at top research universities as a graduate student?
Do you want to be a leader in academic research or in industry positions earning high salary?
Are you highly motivated to learn and discover, and love to take challenges?
If so, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to realize your dreams. The Center for Ultrafast Dynamics and Catalysis in Emerging Materials (C-UDCEM), a National Science Foundation funded Pathways to Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Center for Under-Represented Minorities (URM) is seeking highly motivated and talented undergraduate students, in their junior or senior years, to join two research groups as PREM scholars for one to two years. Senior URM students in good academic standing will be given preferences. A joint effort between the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, this newly established research center’s mission is to advance the field of materials research and improve the diversity of materials engineering. In one or two years, you will have the opportunity to:
• Be part of a cohort of graduate and undergraduate students at UCF and UW.
• Earn a stipend of $2500/semester in Spring and Fall semesters. Summer research at UW with additional stipends and paid travel
• Learn and discover in world-leading research labs by working 15-20 hours per week during the academic year.
• Present your research, publish in high impact journals, travel to conferences and interact with world-renowned scientists and engineers.
• Pursue Ph.D. at top graduate institutions, especially at the University of Washington.
• Be eligible for a number of summer internship opportunities in both academia and industry.
The goal of C-UDCEM is to open your mind to a world of possibilities beyond your undergraduate degree. We want to train the next generation of creative problem solvers, thinkers and researchers in the field of materials science and engineering. Motivation and drive are the only prerequisites.
Interested students can pursue either of the two research thrusts:
• The Catalysis Research Group led by Professors Vaida (Physics), Liu (Environmental and Civil) and Banerjee (Materials Science and Engineering), is working in the field of single-atom catalysis including synthesis and characterization of novel catalytic materials to solve future energy needs
• The Quantum Material Research Group led by Professors Neupane (Physics), Chini (Physics and CREOL) and Khondaker (Physics and Nanoscience), is performing research in the field of quantum materials including, light-matter interactions with ultrafast laser, synthesis and device properties to solve future computation and communication needs .
If you are interested, please apply for the research assistant position by filling out this application form: https://forms.office.com/r/ctuBTpV5PZ. Screening of candidates will start immediately and continue until all available openings are filled. Priorities will be given to junior and senior candidates intending to pursue a graduate degree in physics, chemistry, material engineering or related fields.
For questions please contact center director Dr. Khondaker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and center education director Dr. Chen (Zhongzhou.Chen@ucf.edu)
Start Date: 1/31/2022 - End Date: 1/30/2024
Type of Project
See position description.
15-20 hours per week hour(s)
Priorities will be given to junior and senior candidates intending to pursue a graduate degree in physics, chemistry, material engineering or related fields, especially students who belong to traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM education.
Interested in Working With the Following Programs
Research and Mentoring Program
Stipend of $2500 during Spring and Fall semesters.