Through the Materials Science Institute, graduate students can pursue
an exciting array of interdisciplinary research experiences, many
of which incorporate internships at local companies or in academic
The Materials Science Institute believes that the preparation for
post-degree employment is a vital part of graduate education. Central
to this preparation are internships which motivate students to acquire
the skills they will need, and help them decide where to concentrate
their efforts. The Institute offers a wide variety of internships
designed to meet the career goals of each student: research or manufacturing
at materials-based companies, teaching at four-year colleges, research
at national laboratories, or even teaching in an elementary school
classroom. Internships are available to all students whether they
are seeking a doctoral or master's degree.
Students who are pursuing a traditional research Ph.D. must be admitted
to either the Chemistry or Physics departments. As a member of a research
group, Ph.D. students are encouraged to participate in educational
activities that will compliment their graduate research.
Currently, in their 2nd year graduate students can apply to the programs
GK-12 – This outreach program
places Ph.D. students as resources for teaching physical science into
K-8 classrooms to promote scientific inquiry, help teachers gain comfort
with science content, and gain teaching and communication skills.
Master's Degree Programs
The traditional master's degree programs, leading to a M.A. or M.S.
in chemistry or applied physics, consist primarily of course work
and require one to two years to complete. The Master's Industrial Internship Program through the Materials Science Institute pairs chemistry and
physics students with industry. Students spend time in class and on
the job and typically end up with their foot on the first rung of
their career ladder. The programs offered are:
Photovoltaic & Semiconductor Device Processing
Organic Synthesis & Organometallics
Polymers & Coatings
Optical Materials & Devices