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NYU Materials Research Science & Engineering Center

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NYU MRSEC: Semantophoretic Assemblies  (New York University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The New York University 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.

The NYU MRSEC is an interdisciplinary program that addresses the synthesis, structure, and properties of innovative materials based on constituents equipped with self-contained information that directs assembly, either through shape or chemical interactions. Research at the center is focused on the study of the particles, processing and structure of colloidal architecture and seed projects such as the study of triggered self-assembly.

Education & Outreach

The NYU MRSEC operates a comprehensive multi-faceted outreach program that encompasses K-12, undergraduate, graduate students, and college instructors and is aimed at broadening the participation of groups largely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, widening the pipeline of scientists and engineers, and developing the talent of emerging scientists at all levels. The outreach program includes an Education Advisory Committee made up of at least one representative from the industrial sector, an NYU MRSEC graduate student, an NYU MRSEC undergraduate, two four-year college instructors, with at least one from a minority-serving institution, and the Director of the NYU-centered Faculty Resource Network. This group ensures representation at many levels and from many sectors, with an interest in student training and professional development.

The Center's specific outreach programs include a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program funded by NSF; the Scientific Frontier Program (SFP), a multifaceted educational enrichment activity designed to introduce students, teachers, parents and administrators from selected schools in New York City to forefront scientific research in the classroom environment; and The BioBus, which reaches over 10,000 students a year in New York City and acroos the countryand enables them to explore the immediate, microscopic world around them in an inquiry-based, hands-on setting aided by state-of-the-art science equipment and supervised by real scientists.

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