Grant: $300,000 - National Science Foundation - Jul. 8, 2009
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Award Description: REU SITE: Sustainable Energy in Chemical Engineering PROJECT SUMMARY: 1. Intellectual Merit Funding is requested in this proposal for renewed support of our existing REU site in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. The theme of the proposed site is Sustainable Energy in Chemical Engineering (EEC-0552702), which has an emphasis on nanoscience, catalysis and hydrogen technology (i.e., production, storage and use of hydrogen for the hydrogen economy). The site will involve ten students for a ten-week summer program. They will join 4-6 other undergraduate students supported by other sources. All of the senior participating faculty members have federally funded research projects in these area. The four junior faculty members on this proposal are developing research programs in these areas. Many of our faculty participate in the NSF-I/UCRC (Industry/University Cooperative Research Center) Fuel Cell Center and/or are members of the USC Nanocenter. In addition to the individual research projects, the proposed REU program will include several group activities for the participants. The goal of these activities will be to enrich the participants educational and research experience and facilitate collaboration and long-term relationships between them. The proposed group activities include a Research Communication Studio (RCS), tours of industrial sites, participant-led laboratory tours, workshops on graduate studies, a welcoming reception and a final research symposium, and a variety of social activities. The RCS was run as a pilot program this past summer, and we feel it is an important and innovative aspect of this proposal. 2. Broader Impact Exclusively non-USC undergraduate students will participate in the program. Participants will be recruited nationally among rising juniors and seniors majoring in chemical engineering. Special emphasis will be placed on recruiting minorities from designated target schools, as well as attracting students who would otherwise not have an opportunity to do cutting-edge research. It is expected that their research experience will: (1) encourage students to continue their studies and seek research careers in a materials-related field; (2) enhance professional development and communication skills; and (3) provide an enriching experience by exposing them to a non-classroom faculty-student interaction.
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