Undergraduate Education and Outreach

We aim to build a more diverse science community and create new opportunities for talent generation. UD CHARM’s undergraduate programs include:

Research Experience for Undergrads (REU)

UD CHARM offers a comprehensive Research Experience for Undergraduates, leverage CHARM’s expertise and spirit of cross-cutting materials innovation. We specifically aim to improve the capabilities of undergraduate students who have interests in materials science-related research, especially among underrepresented groups. Our REU students are part of a layered student engagement program in which they are mentored by graduate students and, at the same time, interface with a CHARM-TeenSHARP HighRise high school student to share their undergraduate experiences. The activities designed to meet this objective include:

  • Creating a cohort of sophomore and junior undergraduate students from Delaware State University, Claflin University, UD, and other universities with diverse representation involved in 10 weeks of summer research
  • Hands-on experience in a related laboratory (chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, or physics) under the mentorship of a faculty member and graduate student
  • Workshops dedicated to fundamental laboratory skills, effective mentor relationships, safety, human subjects training, innovation & entrepreneurship, applying to graduate school, and available university resources
  • Journal club focused on understanding research generated through the peer-review process
  • Research lab and industry site visits to broaden the scope of learning
  • Social events to promote communication among interdisciplinary students and mentors
  • Research symposium where students synthesize results for diverse audience
  • Systematically administered surveys and professional evaluations of program outcomes

 Our 2022 application is OPEN. Learn more about our REU and how to apply here.


MRSEC Fellows

We’re providing immersive research, educational, and mentorship experience for undergraduates at Delaware State (DESU) and Claflin (CU) universities through a “Pathways to Graduate School” program. Our MRSEC Fellows program enhances exposure of HBCU undergraduates to materials science, expands their academic networks, and facilitates their transition to an R1 environment. This new pilot program is intended to become a fully functioning ‘pathway/bridge’ program in science and engineering that provides:


  • Fellowships to support HBCU student research and coursework at UD
  • Co-mentorship by UD and DESU/CU faculty members
  • Fellow Seed grant opportunities to fund DESU/CU mentors to conduct research at UD (UD providing facility access with mentee)
  • A joint seminar series between UD, Delaware State, and Claflin faculty and students
  • REU summer programming participation for increased networking
  • Planned certificate program development between UD-DESU-CU