Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future

Title 
Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future
Institution 
University of Southern Mississippi
Institution Type 
Research university
City 
Hattiesburg
State 
MS
Field 
Polymer Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Computer Science
Start Date 
5/21/18
End Date 
7/27/18
Stipend 
$5000
Hrs / Week 
40
Deadline 
3/1/18
Description 
The grand challenges of the 21st century will require new and sustainable approaches to polymer materials development. Scientists will need to work in increasingly complex, interdisciplinary teams that address not only the technical challenges but also the environmental and global impacts of their research. The REU site at USM will develop sustainable approaches to polymer materials development to meet critical societal needs. Participants will be engaged in fundamental research projects that span the complex, interdisciplinary facets of materials sustainability, including polymer synthesis from renewable sources, materials with enhanced properties and lifetime, materials to improve utilization of natural resources, reduced energy polymer processes, and biodegradable materials, while gaining the tools to assess the environmental impact of new material development. The Polymer Science program at Southern Miss is a world-recognized leader in innovation of polymer, nanocomposite and nanoparticle research and development activities.
Qualifications 
US Citizens
Contact 
Kim Wingo
URL 
http://www.usm.edu/polymer/reu
Email 
Kimberly.wingo@usm.edu
Number of Participants 
12
Housing Provided 
yes
Subsistence Provided 
yes
Subsistence Cost 
yes, but minimal