2024 Summer Program

The Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials is offering a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in 2024. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on interdisciplinary materials research projects involving chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering disciplines. In addition to the research, students will participate in an organized program of lectures, lunches with CDCM faculty, laboratory visits and a variety of recreational activities. The anticipated start date is late May 28, 2024 through July 26, 2024. 


Benefits of the CDCM REU:

  • Gain hands-on research experience in a cutting-edge field
  • Be mentored by a faculty member
  • Join a team of researchers and scientists
  • Participate in professional development workshops
  • Produce results and present your research
  • Prepare for your future!


Potential Research Topics:

  • Nanocrystals & Nanowire Gels
  • Nanowire Aerogel Membranes
  • Materials Driven by Light
  • Reconfigurable Materials

  2024 REU Projects

  2024 PREM REU Projects



The 8.5-week program takes place on the University of Texas at Austin campus and includes:

  • A stipend valued at $5,100
  • Housing in a UT Austin university dorm
  • Travel allowance
  • Social/recreational activities


Application Requirements (online)

In order to apply you must complete an online application form (item 1 below). You are also required to upload the materials requested below via the Box Widget found at the bottom of this page.

  1. Submit an online Application/Student Information Form  
  2. Statement of Purpose*
  3. One Letter of Recommendation* (from Faculty member) uploaded via the Box widget or emailed to Risa Hartman
  4. Copy of Academic Transcript*
  5. Record a video introduction of yourself. Directions can be found here: CDCM REU Video Interview Directions & Questions 
  6. Proof of Insurance* (before start date)

         * – files to upload via Box Widget at the bottom of this page. Please label all files in the following format: Last Name, First Name | File Type (i.e., Statement, Letter of Recommendation, Transcript, Insurance)

Tips for Applying to the REU Program

REU Informational Session



  • Sophomore, Junior, or non-graduating Senior
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Minority and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
  • All chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences and engineering majors are welcome to apply
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater (out of 4.0).
  • Non-UT Austin students


Application Deadline

The application for the Summer of 2024 is open and will now close on February 12, 2024 at Noon. 

If you have questions about the application process or the program, please email Risa Hartman


Please label all files in the following format: Last Name, First Name_File Type (i.e., Statement, Letter of Recommendation, Transcript, Insurance)

Contact Info: Risa Hartman Contact Info


UT Main Campus: EER 3.804
UT Pickle Campus: MER 1.206Z


10100 Burnet Road
Building 160, 1.206Z
Austin, Texas 78758