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2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates

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The CRISP Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) program. The CRISP REU fellowship program provides students with the opportunity to conduct team-based interdisciplinary materials research through both academic year and summer research opportunities for undergraduate students - academic year REUs are available for students at Yale and SCSU. During the course of this eight-week summer research program, REU Fellows conduct research under the advisement of a university faculty mentor and postdoctoral fellows and graduate students within the research group. The REU experience is based on a very successful collaborative team-based model developed as one of CRISP’s signature programs (MIMER). Specifically, a team of researchers with various academic backgrounds are brought together to research a topic of common interest. These teams make use of shared research/teaching facilities at both Yale and SCSU. These collaborative research groups encourage synergy and foster the formation of mentoring relationships among team members who are recruited broadly with an emphasis on underrepresented populations.


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Eligibility - the CRISP REU program is open to highly motivated undergraduate students who have completed their junior year, although consideration is given to underclassmen demonstrating strong potential. Minorities, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. US citizenship [or permanent residency] is required.


REU Fellow Selection - the selection of REU participants is based on a personal statement, academic transcript, resume and two letters 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 graduate degree in the sciences; we especially target student’s from smaller undergraduate institutions where state-of-the art research is not readily accessible.


2017 Program dates: June 5, 2017 - July 31, 2017


Application Candidates must apply directly to the Yale SURF program through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program starting November 01, 2016. Students must also complete the supplementary application for CRISP to indicate interest.The entire application package, including two letters of recommendation and official transcript(s), must be received by February 01, 2017.


CRISP Supplementary Application will be available starting Nov. 1, 2016
Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program Application


Residential REU program Each REU participant will receive a stipend of $4000 (which includes $1000 for food). This is a residential program and university housing will be provided on the Yale campus.

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Non-Residential REU program Participants live within commuting distance from Yale University and will not receive housing for the duration of the program. Each REU participant will receive a stipend of $4000 (which includes $1000 for travel/parking). These students attend all of the program events, but are responsible for transportation to and from campus.

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

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2017 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 5, 2017 - July 31, 2017

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, 2017
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Click here to apply - Application will be available starting Nov. 1, 2016


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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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