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Academic-Year Research Stipends, Travel Awards to Attend Scientific Meetings, Summer Research Fellowships

Five WIM students (2 first-year, 2 second-year, and 1 third-year) attended the Materials Research Society Meeting in San Francisco in April 2009 with Prof. Goldberg and presented their poster, Degradation of Ir(ppy)2(dtb-bpy)PF6  iTMC OLEDs.

Simmons undergraduates in the Women in Materials program have the opportunity to participate in professional research with faculty. Other opportunities include adademic-year research stipends, summer employment, and travel grants.  First-year students are encouraged to join the program.  Informational meetings are held during the first two weeks of each semester.  Approximately 20% of the physics and chemistry majors participate in WIM each semester.



As a result of their participation in the Women in Materials program, students gain exceptional experience with instrumentation, which enhances their acceptance rate for admission into highly selective REU programs.  (REU denotes the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and offered at a number of research universities around the country.) WIM students have had a remarkable success rate for admission into these programs. For example, over the past four years WIM students have been awarded REU fellowships at Columbia University, University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, John Hopkins University, and Cornell University.