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Education via Research

Our group conducts cutting-edge research while offering select undergraduate students a rigorous opportunity to grow into professional careers that will benefit them and society. Here is a little about the students we work with, how we believe the research experience benefits their education, and how they contribute to the research community.

Students and Work Hours

Undergraduates and Hours

  • Nearly 90% of the research assistants in our group are undergraduates.
  • On average, they work 15 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week during breaks.

Underrepresented Students:

  • 60% are from underrepresented groups—minorities and women—and/or from underutilized groups including non-traditional students over 25 years old, military veterans, and the first in their families to attend college.
  • 95% are from geographically under represented regions of the country, relative to research dollars.

What Students Gain

  • Extensive training on various instrumentation and fabrication and synthesis techniques, particularly in the initial six months
  • An understanding of team work and team design that mirrors the expectations of industry laboratories they may participate in upon graduation
  • Exposure to a broad array of multidisciplinary research such as nanomaterials, biomaterials, biochemistry, photonics, electronic and optical and biomedical devices, and surface science
  • Training and course work in publishing and presenting to help them participate in the broader research community  by producing journal and conference manuscripts, posters, and presentations
  • Exposure to national and international university and industry collaborations such as collaborations with Caltech, Tech. Univ. Munich, Technische Universität Wien-Austria, SEMATECH, Inter-University Microelectronics Center- Belgium, Ludwig-Maximlians University-Germany, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia-Italy, Technische and Universität München-Germany
  • The opportunity to manage projects and design experiments
  • Research experience, which coupled with high academic standards required for group participation, makes them highly attractive to graduate schools and industry.

How our Students Participate in the Research Community

  • Awards — Through 2010, undergraduate and graduate students in our group have received over 65 awards, scholarships and fellowships
  • Advanced Studies — Upon graduation, undergraduate researchers have been accepted to PhD programs including the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of California-Santa Barbara, Purdue University, and Caltech.
  • Employment — Undergraduate and graduate students have been employed by National Institute of Standards & Technology, Micron Technology, Photronics, and Freescale Semiconductor, among others.
  • Publications and Presentations — Through 2010, students in the group have produced:
    • Journal articles—60% undergraduate and 60% graduate students
    • Conference papers—40% undergraduate and approximately 55% graduate students
    • Conference presentations (oral and poster)—80% undergraduate and 80% graduate students