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2016 Research Experience for Undergraduates

Left to Right: Grace Genszler, Hope McGovern, Laura Bancroft, Sabrine Bensouda, David Hynek, Emile Motta de Castro
2016 Research Experience for Undergraduates


The goal of the CRISP REU program is to offer high-quality, state-of-the-art research experiences, enrichment activities and professional development events to undergraduates. Current research topics range from thin film growth and characterization to friction and manipulation at the atomic level with projects involving computation, simulation, fabrication, characterization and image processing. Materials systems included semiconductors, dielectrics, optical materials and bio-materials.

2016 REU Flyer


CRISP Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. DMR-052049.



2016 MIMER Team Projects:

MIMER Team 1 [IRG 1] Synthesis and Characterization of Complex Oxides for Electronics and Optoelectronics
The members of this team will synthesize and characterize a variety of thin film complex oxides and/or semiconductors thin films for applications to new types of transistors and new materials for integrated optics. Each team member will focus on a particular aspect of the research and will gain experience in characterization, synthesis and/or computation. Methods of synthesis will include molecular beam epitaxy [MBE] using CRISP’s research grade MBE systems. Methods of characterization will include scanning and transmission electron microscopy [SEM, TEM], X-Ray diffraction [XRD] and scanning probe microscopy [SPM]. Team members include CRISP faculty, Post-docs, graduate students, REU fellows, high school fellows and teachers from New Haven (participating in CRISP summer research programs).
REU Students
Grace Genszler is an undergraduate at Wheaton College majoring in Physics
Hope McGovern is an undergraduate at Cornell University majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering
David Hynek is an undergraduate at the Coe College majoring in Physics and Mathematics



MIMER Team 2 [IRG 2] Experimental and theoretical studies of functional nanostructured surfaces and materials utilizing bulk metallic glasses (BMGs)
The REU team will work on novel processing methods to create nanostructures through thermoplastic based processing of bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). Moreover, the team will expand processing to modulate surface area of BMGs for various applications. In addition, nano-structured surfaces will be chemically patterned using self-assembled monolayers and assessed for their biocompatibility. Characterization by scanning electron microscopy and mechanical testing will be carried out. This project involves design of equipment and processes, materials processing, and subsequent materials characterization. Team members include CRISP faculty, Post-docs, graduate students, REU fellows, high school fellows and teachers from New Haven (participating in CRISP summer research programs).


REU Students
Sabrine Bensouda is an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University majoring in Biomedical Engineering
Laura Bancroft is an undergraduate at the Wellesley College majoring in Chemisty
Emile Motta de Castro is an undergraduate at Columbia University majoring in Mechanical Engineering


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2016 Industry Academic Fellowship

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The Werth Family Foundation sponsored Industry Academic Fellowship (IAF) program at the ConnSCU-CNT provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to conduct team-based interdisciplinary research. During the course of this eight-week summer program, IAF students will conduct research in collaboration with educators and industry professionals, while exploring the business-related aspects of technology. Research teams will be working on nanotechnology projects with topics including nano-medicine and nano-environmental studies

Dates - June 6, 2016 - August 1, 2016

Eligibility - This program is open to highly motivated undergraduate science students in all disciplines who have completed their sophomore year. Minorities, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Stipend - Each participant will receive a stipend of up to $5,000; $3,000 during the eight weeks in the summer (June & July), and $2,000 during the preceding spring and following fall semesters.


Application - The selection of IAF candidates is based on a personal statement, resume, academic transcript, and one letter of recommendation.

Applications due March 1, 2016
2016 IAF Flyer
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2016 Research Experience for Teachers

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The CRISP Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) program. The CRISP RET program supports the active involvement of K-12 STEM teachers in materials research in order to bring knowledge of materials science, engineering and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal of the RET program is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers in engineering research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge of materials science and engineering into classroom activities.

A major objective of the MIMER program is to contribute to the improvement of K-12 science education by providing more qualified, socially diverse teachers, and, teacher-developed curriculum on materials science. The MIMER program embodies the National Science Education Standards, in offering professional development that is heavily based on investigations, where current and future teachers have direct contact with phenomena, gather and interpret data using appropriate technology, and are involved in groups working on real, open-ended problems.


Program Dates: July 1, 2016 - July 25, 2016


The CRISP RET fellowship is a four week summer research experience funded by NSF and MRSEC for local 8-12th grade and community college STEM teachers. RETs participate on a MIMER research team, in collaboration with the REU program, working closely with CRISP faculty, graduate students and post-docs, REUs and high school students.

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Each RET participant will receive a fellowship stipend of $2000. Additional funds may be awarded upon the development of curricular materials. The selection of RET participants is based on a personal statement, resume/CV and one letter of recommendation.

Eligibility - the CRISP RET program is open to local middle school, high school and community college teachers. Minorities, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. US citizenship [or permanent residency] is required.


2016 RET Fellowship Flyer
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CRISP Research Experiences for Teachers program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. DMR-052049.


2016 Research Experience for High School

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The CRISP High School (HS) Research Fellowship provides participants with the opportunity to conduct team-based interdisciplinary materials research. Participating students conduct a four-week research project as members of a research team including university faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. Students will be exposed to professional development opportunities through weekly meetings and faculty seminars. The program begins in late June/early July just after the school year ends.

Read about the CRISP REHS Program at Yale


The selection of HS participants is based on a personal statement, academic transcript, resume and one letter of recommendation. Selection is based on the candidate’s motivation, promise for success, and the potential for CRISP to positively impact the student’s abilities and interest in obtaining a college graduate degree in an engineering or science field; we especially target student’s from urban school districts. Typically, 2-3 students are selected.

Program Dates: July 1, 2016 - July 25, 2016

Eligibility - the CRISP HS Fellowship program is open to highly motivated high school juniors and seniors that are currently attending a New Haven Public School. Minorities, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. US citizenship [or permanent residency] is required. Students participating in the CRISP summer program will be responsible for obtaining transportation to SCSU and Yale for the duration of the program. Participants must also be enrolled in the Yale Pathways to Science Program.

For more information please contact the CRISP Education and Outreach staff at crisp.mrsec@gmail.com.

2016 REHS Flyer

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