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, Engineering Research Centers (ERC), and Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC). REM activities may also enable the building of long-term collaborative partnerships among EFRI-, ERC-, and IUCRC-supported researchers, community colleges, local four-year colleges, and local school districts.

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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.

Participants have the opportunity to present their research findings and gain career insights at the NSF REM Grantees Meeting and 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.

An informational webinar was held on On October 22, 2021. The webinar recording and PowerPoint slides are linked below for your reference.

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

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

REM activities
In 2021, REM activities were hosted by the following nine NSF EFRI and six ERC teams:

NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems TANMS
Principal Investigator: Greg Carman, Co-PI: Jane Chang

Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Directed Multiscale Assembly of Cellular Metamaterials with Nanoscale Precision: CELL-MET
Principal Investigator: David Bishop, Co-PI: Arvind Agarwal, Alice White, Christopher Chen, Stephen Forrest
Boston University

EFRI C3 SoRo: Textile Robotics: Integrative Design, Modeling, Manufacture, and Control of Soft Human-Interactive Apparel
Principal Investigator: Conor Walsh, Co-PI: Jay Park, Joey Mead, Katia Bertoldi, Scott Kuindersma
Harvard University

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 E3P: Engineering Suspension Feeder Systems for Separation and Elimination of Microplastics from Water
Principal Investigator: Leslie Shor, Co-PI: J. Evan Ward, Baikun Li, Kelly Burke, Daniel Gage
University of Connecticut

NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT)
Principal Investigator: Krishnendu Roy, Co-PI: Sean Palecek, Madeline Torres-Lugo, Steven Stice, Ben Wang
Georgia Tech Research Corporation

EFRI NewLAW: Non-reciprocity in Acoustic Systems with Nonlinear Hierarchical Internal Structure and Asymmetry
Principal Investigator: Michael Leamy, Co-PI: Alexander Vakakis, Chiara Daraio, Sameh Tawfick
Georgia Tech Research Corporation

EFRI CEE: Epigenetic Cell Reprogramming In Situ: A Novel Tool for Regenerative Engineering
Principal Investigator: Guillermo Ameer, Co-PI: Hariharan Subramanian, Panagiotis Ntziachristos
Northwestern University

EFRI CEE: Macrogenomic engineering via modulation of chromatin nanoenvironment
Principal Investigator: Vadim Backman, Igal Szleifer, Michael Kennedy, Hemant Roy
Northwestern University

Engineering Research Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources - CISTAR
Principal Investigator: Fabio Ribeiro, Co-PI: Joan Brennecke, Linda Broadbelt, Rakesh Agrawal, William Schneider
Purdue University

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

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EFRI NewLAW: Novel Approaches to RF Non-Reciprocity in Semiconductor Systems
Principal Investigator: Harish Krishnaswamy, Co-PI: Guillaume Bal, Amit Lal, Ioannis Kymissis, Alyosha Molnar
Columbia University

Engineering Research Center for Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP)
Principal Investigator: Gerard Cote, Co-PI: Ashutosh Sabharwal, Jessica Ramella-Roman, Aydogan Ozcan
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

EFRI NewLaw: Non-reciprocal effects and Anderson localization of acoustic and elastic waves in periodic structures with broken P-symmetry of the unit cell
Principal Investigator: Arkadii Krokhin, Co-PI: Tae-Youl Choi, John Houston
University of North Texas

NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
Principal Investigator: Rajesh Rao, Co-PI: Sam Kassegne, Chet Moritz, Polina Anikeeva
University of Washington