The integration of research with education and outreach is an essential aspect of our Center's mission. In order to assure the most effective use of our expertise and resources, we have developed a multi-faceted approach with activities that focus on coherent themes that address our three primary audiences: research community, our neighborhood, and the general public.
These programs enhance education and career development within our research community. These include seminar series and workshops, run by MRSEC and open to all interested, as well as an active visitors program to foster collaborations. We also include our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and pre-college internship programs which invite students to experience cutting-edge research by working in our laboratories. These programs simultaneously serve to foster interactions with and among IRGs and with the research community at large.
Our programs for K-12 students, and our teacher training programs in materials science specifically take advantage of our location on the South Side of Chicago to encourage the participation of underrepresented minority students in science. We especially delight in our after-school science clubs which actively engage students in scientific inquiry and foster mentoring relationships with Center participants.
This component is aimed at outreach to the general public, including museum outreach, exhibit development, and dialogue with the arts. Creative approaches to enhance the exploration and understanding of our research are highly encouraged.