Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane (SMART)

Program Details


Summer 2018 Dates
Tuesday May 29th, 2018 to
Friday August 3rd, 2018


$5000 plus housing and
up to $500 for travel.

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If you have any questions please contact us at:
(504) 314-2914

SMART Director:

Prof. Hank Ashbaugh
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

SMART Co-Director:

Prof. Scott Grayson
Department of Chemistry

Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane (SMART)

Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane (SMART)

Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane (SMART) Research Experience for Undergraduates site is a multidisciplinary program across Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering, located in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Participating faculty are members of the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics and Engineering Physics. The scope of the summer research projects offered span a range of challenges in materials science and engineering focused on materials for Health, Energy, and Environmental applications.

In addition to the laboratory experience, this 10-week summer program offers student participants professional development mentoring on data analysis, research communication, the graduate school application process and experience, and careers in science. Participants will receive a $5000 stipend and up to $500 to cover travel expenses. On-campus housing will be provided in one of Tulane’s dormitories. At the end of the session, participants will present their research findings at a poster session followed by a banquet.

Tulane University’s main campus is located in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. The School of Science and Engineering was established in 2006 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and has emerged as a leading research center in the university. Tulane University is a member of the Association of American Universities, a select group of the leading research universities in the United States and Canada, and is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with “very high research activity.”


This program is open to students from two-year junior colleges and undergraduates from four-year colleges who are pursuing engineering or natural science related degrees. Applicants must either be United States citizens or United States residents eligible to work in the country.

Research Opportunities

Participants will engage with faculty advisors and their graduate students in original research projects within one of the focus areas of materials for Health, Energy, and the Environment. Fourteen faculty advisors from Tulane's School of Science and Engineering are participating. Sample descriptions of the potential research projects offered and a listing of all participating faculty advisors with links to their homepages can be found here.


This REU site gratefully acknowledges support from the National Science Foundation from grant DMR-1460637 and cooperative agreement IIA-1430280.