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Johns Hopkins Materials Research Science & Engineering Center

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MRSEC: Materials Research Science and Engineering Center  (Johns Hopkins University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Johns Hopkins Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is 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.

Nanostructured materials with nanometer-scale entities have created a new area of materials research and made possible device applications that depend on the physical dimensions and intricate structures of these materials. In recent years, magnetic nanostructures have provided some of the most exciting areas for the exploration of new physical phenomena and new technologically important devices such as spin-valve giant magnetoresistance read-heads, and magnetic random access memory. Research at the Johns Hopkins MRSEC focuses on this exploration.

Education & Outreach

The outreach programs run by the Johns Hopkins MRSEC are designed to introduce the participants to modern materials research. The programs for teachers also provide assistance for curriculum development and access to the educational resources of the Johns Hopkins MRSEC.

These programs include Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs funded by NSF which enable participants to conduct summer research alongside experts from the Johns Hopkins MRSEC while earning a stipend. Summer internships for high school students (one month) and high school teachers (one week) expose students and teachers to exciting scientific opportunities to encourage careers in science and benefit their classrooms.

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