Research Experience and Mentoring

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The NSF Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) program supports hands-on research and ongoing mentorship in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) for high school students, STEM teachers, undergraduate STEM students, faculty, and veterans.

REM activities are designed to enhance the academic and career trajectories of participants who may not otherwise become engaged in a research project, and to advance research supported by the NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program and Engineering Research Centers (ERC). REM activities may also enable the building of long-term collaborative partnerships among EFRI- and ERC-supported researchers, community colleges, local four-year colleges, and local school districts.

REM participants engage in authentic research projects during the summer and professional development activities through the academic year, working side by side with their REM mentors.

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Participants present their research findings and gain career insights at the annual Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, hosted by NSF and AAAS. Mentors also attend this conference to support the REM participants and to share best practices in research/career mentoring with their colleagues

Learn more
Find out about REM, funding eligibility, and how to apply in the latest NSF Dear Colleague Letter for Research Experience and Mentoring.

Interested participants may review active REM projects, below, and contact NSF about current opportunities.

NSF contacts for REM are program managers Alias Smith and Dana Denick

REM activities
In 2017, REM activities were hosted by the following eight NSF EFRI teams:

EFRI BioFlex: Electrically Mediated Complex Tissue Regeneration
Principal Investigator: Cato Laurencin, Co-PI: Sangamesh Kumbar, Wai Hong Lo, Syam Nukavarapu
University of Connecticut Health Center

EFRI-PSBR: Channeling Carbon Flows in Algal Productions Systems from the Molecular to Bioprocessing Scales
Principal Investigator: Michael Betenbaugh, Co-PI: Maciej Antoniewicz, Royce Francis, Stephen Miller, Bernhard Palsson, Karsten Zengler
Johns Hopkins University

EFRI 2-DARE: Quantum Optoelectronics, Magnetoelectronics and Plasmonics in 2-Dimensional Materials Heterostructures
Principal Investigator: Philip Kim, Co-PI: Federico Capasso, Donhee Ham, Efthimios Kaxiras, Amir Yacoby
Harvard University

EFRI-ODISSEI: Origami and Assembly Techniques for Human-Tissue-Engineering (OATH)
Principal Investigator: Carol Livermore, Co-PI: Roger Alperin, Sangeeta Bhatia, Martin Culpepper
Northeastern University

New York
EFRI ACQUIRE: Development of Heterogenous Platform for Chip-Based Quantum Information Applications
Principal Investigator: Alexander Gaeta, Co-PI: Amy Foster, Mark Foster, Yuping Huang, Stefan Strauf
Columbia University, New York

EFRI 2-DARE: 2D Crystals formed by Activated Atomic Layer Deposition
Principal Investigator: Joan Redwing, Co-PI: Nasim Alem, Thomas Jackson, Ying Liu, Suzanne Mohney
Pennsylvania State University, University Park

EFRI 2-DARE: Functionalized Monolayer Heterostructures for Biosensors with Optical Readout
Principal Investigator: Alan Johnson, Co-PI: Ritesh Agarwal, Ertugrul Cubukcu, Vivek Shenoy, Peter Sutter
University of Pennsylvania

EFRI-ODISSEI: Photomorphon networks: Intelligent shape changing structures
Principal Investigator: Mark Kuzyk, Co-PI: Ryan Hayward, Julia Kornfield, Peter Palffy-Muhoray
Washington State University