RIMSE Summer Schools: Training Opportunities for Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Post-Graduate Trainees, High School Students, K-12 Educators, Visiting Scholars, and Researchers from Industry, Government, and National Laboratories.

What is RIMSE? RIMSE stands for Research Immersion in Materials Science and Engineering. Sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation as part of the UC San Diego Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), the RIMSE Summer Schools are immersive, hands-on courses meant to prepare trainees to work in Materials Science and Materials Engineering research laboratories.  They generally run for 8 to 10-weeks each summer on the UC San Diego campus. The UC San Diego MRSEC currently runs four RIMSE schools:

Who can participate in RIMSE? The RIMSE schools are unique in that they blend researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and educational levels - your team may include local high school students, undergraduate students (including incoming UC San Diego transfer students and REU students), graduate students (including incoming UC San Diego PhD and MS program students), post-doctoral trainees, k-12 teachers (through the RET program), and visiting international scholars, industry researchers, or government laboratory researchers (through the Researcher in Residence program).

What are the Program Elements of RIMSE? Focused on materials science research in topics of interest to the UC San Diego MRSEC, each of the four RIMSE Summer Schools are run by MRSEC faculty who serve as senior mentors and/or instructors. Each RIMSE begins with an intensive training in theory, techniques and laboratory methods, and includes  a capstone “Discovery Project”—an independent research project implemented by the trainee in a small team and under the mentorship of a current UC San Diego MRSEC researcher. Though each Summer School runs its own topical curriculum, they share common activities including:

  • Training on several of the key analytical instruments used in materials science (in the MRSEC Materials Characterization Facility).
  • “Pathways” luncheon seminars given by academic, industry, and government laboratory scientists that give insights into STEM career paths.
  • Professional development workshops (research safety, research ethics, science communication, information literacy, graduate school / career preparation).
  • Team building activities including nature hikes, beach days, and a kayak tour of the La Jolla cove.
  • A final projects day oral presentation at the UC San Diego Summer Research Conference (SRC).

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.

Dates: In Summer 2023, the RIMSE summer schools will run from Monday, June 26 through Friday, August 18, 2023 (8 weeks). Trainees have the option to extend their laboratory research participation for longer periods, depending on the particular Summer School and participant category.

Expectations of Participants: Full-time commitment to immersive lab work and engagement in program activities (weekly Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm), including presentation at the UC San Diego Summer Research Conference (SRC) in mid-August.

Application: The different participant categories have different application processes (see below). The deadlines vary by participant category. In addition to completing a registration form, you will be asked to select a RIMSE school (and potential MRSEC faculty mentor) that best fits your interests, and to submit the following application materials:

  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Current Transcript (if applicable)
  • 2 Letters of Reference

APPLICATION LINK: To submit your application through the RIMSE application portal, click HERE.

Participant Categories:

  • Undergraduate Students at UC San Diego - Application Deadline May 1, 2023
    Application is managed through the RIMSE application portal. You should reach out to your potential MRSEC IRG Project or Seed Project Faculty Mentor prior to applying. Funding may be available to support housing and stipend (see below).
  • Undergraduate students from California State University at Long Beach (CSULB)Application deadline May 1, 2023
    The UC San Diego MRSEC has a partnership with the California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) that is funded through the sponsorship of the UC Doctoral Diversity Initiative program that recruits CSULB undergraduate students to participate in RIMSE. Application is managed through the RIMSE application portal, but you must contact the lead CSULB faculty representative, Prof. Fangyuan Tian prior to submission of your application through the RIMSE application portal.  Funding is provided for summer housing and stipend (see below).
  • Undergraduate Students from Other Schools Who are US citizens or Permanent Residents -  Application deadline January 30, 2023
    Undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions currently enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year program, who have been admitted to the UC San Diego MRSEC REU program (or the allied SDNI REU program).  Funding is provided for summer housing, travel, and stipend (see below).
  • Undergraduate Students from Other Schools Who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents - Application Deadline February 13, 2023
    A select number of undergraduate students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions are incorporated into the program through petition of the various MRSEC IRG Project or Seed Project Faculty. Application is managed via petition; reach out to a MRSEC IRG Project or Seed Project Faculty to have them petition the MRSEC RIMSE program leadership for admission to RIMSE. No funding is available from MRSEC for non-US participants.
  • Entering UC San Diego MS or PhD students - Application deadline May 1, 2023
    Students entering the MS or PhD programs in departments allied with the UC San Diego MRSEC (Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanoengineering, or Physics), and who have interests in joining a MRSEC-funded IRG Project or Seed Project for their graduate studies are eligible. Your graduate school application serves as your application to the RIMSE program, so you need not submit an additional application. However, you must submit a letter of intent to participate, and your proposed MRSEC IRG Project or Seed Project Faculty Mentor must submit a letter of nomination on your behalf. Funding is provided for summer housing and stipend (see below).
  • Researchers from Industry, Government Laboratory, or Academic Institutions - Application deadline May 1, 2023
    Researchers from companies, US Government laboratories, or other academic institutions participate in RIMSE via the Researcher in Residence program.  Examples of these types of participants are PhD or MS scientists working in an industrial research lab, visiting faculty from other colleges or universities, or Senior Scientists working at a government laboratory. Application is managed by petition; reach out to a MRSEC IRG Project or Seed Project Faculty to have them petition the MRSEC RIMSE program leadership for admission to RIMSE. Generally the living and travel expenses for your participation in RIMSE are covered by your home institution.
  • K-12 educators -  Application deadline May 1, 2023
    K-12 educators from US schools generally participate through the UC San Diego MRSEC RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) program.  Participants receive a stipend, and UCSD on-campus housing, if needed, is covered.

 

Funding: There is no charge for participation in the RIMSE program. However, participants must have their own support for travel, living expenses, health insurance, and foreign participants must cover any applicable visa fees. For participants needing support for travel, housing, and other living expenses, the UC San Diego MRSEC coordinates with a number of programs that might provide full or partial support for your participation in RIMSE:

  • The CENTER Undergraduate Summer Research Award program supports summer research activities for UC San Diego Undergraduate Students that can be used to support your participation in RIMSE.  You are encouraged to engage with one of the MRSEC IRG Project or Seed Project Faculty to work up a suitable project and application. MRSEC RIMSE leadership can provide a letter of support, if needed (APPLICATION LINK).
  • NETPORE organization: NETPORE is a European Union-funded COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) action that supports research and education in porous semiconductors and oxides. NETPORE partners with the UC San Diego MRSEC for research exchange activities involving the various faculty involved in NETPORE and their students.
  • RET (Research Experiences for Teachers): K-12 educators are eligible to apply for funding via the UC San Diego MRSEC RET program. Participants receive a stipend, and UCSD on-campus housing, if needed, is covered. Deadline for application is Monday, May 1, 2023 (RET 2023 APPLICATION LINK).
  • REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates): Undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions currently enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year program, who have been admitted to the UC San Diego MRSEC REU program (or the allied SDNI REU program) are granted stipends, on-campus housing, and travel costs. Deadline for application is Monday, January 30, 2023 (REU 2023 APPLICATION LINK).
  • RIMSE Summer Graduate Fellowships: Students entering the MS or PhD programs in departments allied with the UC San Diego MRSEC (Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanoengineering, or Physics), and who have interests in joining a MRSEC-funded research lab for their graduate studies, are granted Research Assistantship stipends and assistance with on-campus housing for the summer prior to the commencement of their graduate studies. Anyone accepted into the PhD or MS programs of the the above listed departments is eligible, though the number of these summer fellowships is limited and the prospective RIMSE participant must be nominated by one of the MRSEC faculty. If you are interested, please engage with a MRSEC faculty member whose research interests are most aligned with your interests, and request that they submit a letter of nomination to the MRSEC RIMSE program leadership. Your graduate school application serves as your application to the RIMSE program, so you need not submit an additional application. However, you must submit a letter of intent to participate, and your MRSEC faculty member must submit a letter of nomination on your behalf.  The number of RIMSE Summer Graduate Fellowships is limited. Deadline for application is Monday, May 1, 2023.
  • SPEC Undergraduate Research Fellowship: The SPEC Battery Boot Camp, one of the four RIMSE Summer Schools, offers stipends for selected students that are funded by the UC San Diego  Sustainable Power and Energy Center (SPEC).
  • UC Doctoral Diversity Initiative program: The UC San Diego MRSEC has a partnership with the California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) that is funded through the sponsorship of the UC Doctoral Diversity Initiative, which covers stipends, on-campus housing, and limited travel costs for CSULB undergraduate students to participate in RIMSE.  Application is managed through the RIMSE application portal, but you must contact the lead CSULB faculty representative, Prof. Fangyuan Tian prior to submission of your application through the RIMSE application portal.  Application deadline is Monday, May 1, 2023.
  • UC San Diego Undergraduate Research Hub: The UC San Diego Undergraduate Research Hub maintains links to numerous programs that support summer research activities and that can be used to support your participation in RIMSE. Most of the programs described at the above links require an application that proposes the research project on which you will be working. You are encouraged to engage with one of the MRSEC IRG Project or Seed Project Faculty to work up a suitable project and application. MRSEC RIMSE leadership can provide a letter of support, if needed.

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

If you have questions, please contact mrsec@ucsd.edu
UC San Diego MRSEC 2023 RIMSE Summer Schools flyer

2023 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.

If you have questions about RIMSE on Silicon Nanotechnology, 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.

If you have questions about RIMSE on PA, 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.

If you have questions about RIMSE on ELM, 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.

          If you have questions about SPEC Battery Camp, please contact Prof. Zheng Chen at zhengchen@eng.ucsd.edu