Sensing our World

Science Day
at the Mall

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research Experience for Teachers

As a part of its mission, the Center for Sensor Materials (CSM) addresses science education at all levels, from K-12 through training for professional scientists and engineers. Since the beginning of the Center, the roles of materials, sensors, and basic science have been taught at several levels. CSM
promotes and helps support the education outreach efforts of Science Theater, a Michigan State University student run organization. In addition, CSM has created, Sensing our World, a week-long summer camp that teaches 7th and 8th grade students about science and sensors.

Training students in a multidisciplinary atmosphere of fundamental and applied research, where exceptional science and engineering are practiced, is a goal of the MRSEC. On the Michigan State campus, undergraduate and graduate students receive formal courses that address the specialized, as well as the broad, aspects of materials education. Access to state-of-the-art Shared Facilities and the teamwork approach of the MRSEC prepares students for careers in industry, as well as academia, and encourages critical thinking. The
Center supports undergraduate education through a number of highly
structured full-time and summer academic programs such as the NSF
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program affords high school teachers pragmatic research experience in understanding materials through projects involving synthesis and characterization. RET participants work with Center faculty and their graduate students and postdoctoral associates. MRSEC will provide access to shared facilities, training in their use, and expect active participation in MRSEC group meetings.