The program provides an opportunity for Freshman, Sophomore and Juniors to engage in research projects under the supervision of Materials Research Institute (MRI) faculty members in areas of general interest to PPG during the summer of 2017 (May 30 - August 4). The PPG Undergraduate Fellows will, perform research, attend research group meetings with their faculty advisor's group, and participate as appropriate in their faculty advisor's Materials Day presentation in October 2017. Students will participate in an end-of-summer symposium, and are expected to travel as a group to PPG in Allison Park to report on their summer experience. A goal of this program is to increase the number of students who are qualified to pursue advanced study in materials and other physical sciences by introducing them to research practices, research instrumentation, and research methodology. For those who already have a desire to engage in research, it will provide exposure to industrial research and help them identify specific areas of interest to pursue in graduate school. Participants will have the opportunity to continue their research and inclusion in a research group throughout the school year, and use the work for their senior thesis. They will retain the title "PPG Undergraduate Research Fellow" for the duration of the year, provided they continue the research project throughout the year.
Participants will be supported with a $5000 stipend, $2500 for research funds, and professional development during their summer of 2017 participation in the program.