RIMSE Summer Schools: Training opportunities for graduate, undergraduate, high school, and post-graduate students

The RIMSE are immersive, hands-on six-week programs meant to prepare trainees to work in MRSEC-affiliated research labs. RIMSE engage a wide range of participants–from high school students to post-doctoral researchers and industry partners. Depending on level of preparation, REU students and students chosen for externships can also participate in a RIMSE prior to commencing their research activities.

Generally taking place during the summer, RIMSE Summer Schools are run by MRSEC faculty who serve as senior mentors/instructors. Each school emphasizes different research aspects related to the MRSEC, including soft materials and biomaterials, self-assembled materials, and computational design, and they share a set of core training elements focused on: research-critical instrumentation (electron microscopy, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy, x-ray and electron diffraction methods); integration of computational methods; critical laboratory safety and the safe handling of chemical, biological, and nanotechnological hazards; and research ethics. The immersive curriculum includes three two-hour background lectures each week, and each participant completes a capstone “Discovery Project”—a self-driven research project conducted with appropriate supervision in one of the MRSEC labs.

RIMSE Summer Schools are coordinated with the following UC San Diego MS and PhD programs:
Chemistry & Biochemistry | Nanoengineering | Bioengineering | Materials Science & Engineering

For questions, please contact mrsec@ucsd.edu
UC San Diego MRSEC 2022 RIMSE Summer Schools flyer

2022 RIMSE Summer Schools:

Summer School on Silicon Nanotechnology

Nanoscale silicon materials
The intellectual focus of this RIMSE Summer School is on preparing, characterizing, and exploiting the properties of photonic crystals, thin films, nanoparticles, and quantum dots prepared from mesoporous silicon. Technological touchstones for these materials include drug delivery systems, chemical sensors, biosensors, in vivo imaging, taggants, batteries, photovoltaics, and thermoelectric devices. Led by Professor Michael Sailor, the course provides training on synthesis and characterization of these materials.

To submit your application materials, please contact Professor Michael Sailor

Summer School on Predictive Assembly

A computational framework for rational materials design and development.
The intellectual focus of this RIMSE Summer School is on understanding how nanoscale building blocks can be assembled into functional, tunable materials that operate at the meso- to macroscales. Such materials are broadly relevant to energy, environmental sustainability, and human health problems. Led by Professor Tod Pascal, the course provides training on the computational aspects of the self-assembly problem—students will learn how to deploy high-performance computing to build predictive models that capture the chemical and physical complexities of mesoscale materials and the dynamics of their formation.  Students will be employ a multiscale theoritical framework to solving these problems, combining first-principles electronic structure calculations, atomistic and coarse-grained (CG) models. The structure and dynamics of these system will be explored by means of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, while Monte-Carlo (MC) simulations will be used to determine the long-term, thermodynamic behavior. Trainees will learn how to: (1) simulate assembly at atomistic, nanoscopic, and mesostructural scales; and (2) how to predict the properties of the resulting structures.

To submit your application materials, please contact Professor Tod Pascal.

Summer School on Engineering Living Materials

Exploiting biology in functional materials
The intellectual focus of this RIMSE Summer School is to engineer living systems to generate new polymeric materials. These composite materials can be responsive to diverse stimuli and are capable of generating complex, genetically encoded material outputs. Such materials can enable biosynthetic electronics, chemical threat decontamination, synthesis and/or delivery of therapeutics, and soft robotics, among other applications. Led by Professor Jonathan Pokorski, the course offers an introduction to skills relevant to synthesis and fabrication of engineered living materials. Trainees will learn techniques to create materials at the living/non-living interface, including polymer chemistry, additive manufacture, and soft matter characterization.

To submit your application materials, please contact Professor Jonathan Pokorski.

*NEW* RIMSE Summer School on Lithium-Ion Batteries/SPEC Battery Boot Camp


In partnership with Sustainable Power and Energy Center (SPEC), UC San Diego MRSEC is now offering RIMSE summer school on Lithium-Ion Batteries, also known as SPEC Battery Boot Camp. Please note that the summer school has a different application deadline.

This summer camp will introduce the fundamental design principles and operation mechanisms of lithium-ion batteries, as well as techniques to fabricate and evaluate their performance. There are three key focus of this camp: 1)Materials and chemistry of lithium-ion batteries, 2)Theory and modeling of cell operation and 3) Fabrication, testing and performance evaluation.

To apply, please click here.