A partnership between the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Puerto Rico was one of six to receive $3M in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program, called the Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM), links NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) with educational institutions that serve mainly minority populations. The five year PREM will sustain an extraordinarily successful collaboration between the LRSM (which hosts Penn’s MRSEC) and three undergraduate campuses from the University of Puerto Rico. The effort began in 1998 under the NSF CIRE program and has continued with PREM support since 2004. The collaboration will focus on diversifying the pipeline of scientists in all age groups based on research in two general materials topics to integrate research and education: nanoscale interactions of macromolecules at soft and hard interfaces and multi-functional nanodevices from optoelectronic materials.
[ Penn news release ]
[ NSF news release ]