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Cornell Center for Materials Research

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MRSEC: Cornell Center for Materials Research  (Cornell University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). MRSECs support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering that are important to society.

The mission of CCMR  is to advance, explore and exploit the science and engineering of advanced materials. The unifying theme of CCMR’s current research is the study of materials purposefully structured at the nanoscale (near-atomic dimensions). The Center’s aim is to be a world leader in the design, control and understanding of the behavior of both crystalline and disordered nanomaterials. This objective is pursued through fundamental experimental and theoretical studies of the assembly and processing of nanomaterials and of their resulting behavior.

Education & Outreach

CCMR's Educational Programs Office is an essential and outstanding feature of the Center, and directly reaches thousands of students (K-12), hundreds of parents, hundreds of teachers (K-14), and many undergraduates from across the country each year. Many Cornell faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students are important contributors to this highly successful program. The graduate students in particular are enthusiastic and effective ambassadors for science in both the "in-house" programs and off-campus activities, which have included travel to Syracuse, New York City, Boston, and Virginia. These activities ensure that graduate students understand their role and responsibility in helping the nation understand and apprecieate the importance of science and engineering to society.

CCMR's many specific programs include Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs that enable participants to conduct summer research at CCMR and earn a stipend. For the community, the Center offers the Ask A Scientist and Families Learning Science Together, and much more.

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