Materials Science & Engineering

The future of materials research demands a workforce whose interdisciplinary academic and research training extends from materials design, to manufacturing, and to characterization. To achieve this, we must move beyond the rigid, traditional approaches of materials science and engineering educational programs into truly creative spaces where innovation is allowed to occur. Our REU Site focuses on the most fundamental and foundational elements of creativity: creative thinking and creative expression. This REU Site is designed to address the urgent need for innovation in materials research in the U.S. by interweaving a proven creativity training program into the framework of the traditional research and professional development activities. This REU Site fills a critical gap in workforce development in materials design and manufacture, and address a national need for researchers who can solve complex, interconnected problems by training researchers to think creatively from an early stage. This is particularly critical for advanced functional materials, which are often micro- or nanostructured, and built through either self-assembly or complex fabrication processes, due to their unique and complex structure-function relationships, and their potential use in applications critical to human health and security. The projects of this REU Site focus on understanding and predicting these relationships for micro- and nano-structured materials across a wide spectrum of applications, including sensors, batteries, reactors, and implantable devices. Students in this program learn cutting-edge materials research approaches that include atomistic simulation, coarse-grain modeling, and a suite of materials design / fabrication / characterization techniques. This research will not only advance the science in each unique area, but will provide students with unique, measurable skills in computational modeling, materials science design, processing, characterization, and creative thinking.

Students live in on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a meal plan, covered by the program. Summer interns also are provided with travel to and from Columbia, and a stipend of $5000.


Applicants are expected to have completed at least one year of full-time college enrollment prior to June and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Students from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions and institutions that support under-represented minority students, as well as under-represented students, are highly encouraged to apply.

This program is for visiting students only, students from the University of Missouri are not eligible.

Application Information

The deadline to apply is February 20, 2022. Students must complete the application form and provide an unofficial transcript (including Fall 2021 grades); letters of recommendation (two preferred); a resumé; and a personal statement indicating career plans, prior research experience, and research interests. If completed online, documents will be submitted with the online application. For application packets sent via e-mail, the application form and other documents may be sent to Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Research via e-mail. Questions can be directed to the MU Office of Undergraduate Research via e-mail or phone, 573-882-5979.

Faculty Mentors

Students will list up to eight (8) faculty with whom they are interested in working on their application.

  • Reginald Rogers, Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering
  • Heather Hunt, Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering
  • Mahmoud Almasri, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Sheila Grant, Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering
  • Liqun (Andrew) Gu, Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering
  • Karl Hammond, Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering
  • Jian (Javen) Lin, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Matt Maschmann, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Brett Ulery, Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering
  • Zheng Yan, Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering
  • Matthias Young, Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering


Please visit the departmental websites for comprehensive lists of faculty members & their research before completing your application.

Summer 2022 Program Information          Summer 2022 Online Application

Deadline to apply is February 20, 2022

Additional questions may be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Research, or (573) 882-5979.