IMOD REU in optoelectronics and quantum materials | Center for the Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand

The IMOD Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program supports a select group of undergraduates, community college, and tribal college students to participate in authentic research in chemical synthesis of quantum photonic materials and integration printable electronic applications under the mentorship of world-class faculty and graduate students. Participants embark on a nine- to ten-week immersive summer research project in a single IMOD research lab, and produce an abstract and poster summarizing their work. Students may be placed at a number of different participating IMOD labs and will participate in shared virtual seminars and symposia and will become part of the IMOD community. The Center for the Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand (IMOD) is a Science and Technology Center located at the University of Washington (UW) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF DMR-2019444).

Program Dates: Vary by location (UW Program: June 20 – August 19, 2022; a ten-week program between May 30 – August 19, 2022 at other sites)

Application Open: December 17, 2021

Application Deadline: Feb 7, 2022

Eligibility: This program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This program prioritizes students from non-IMOD partnering locations who have completed one or two years of college, community college, or tribal college. Students must be 18 years old by the beginning of the REU session to work in the labs.

Stipend:  up to $6,000 (or $600/wk)

Travel and housing: non local students will be provided with a $550 travel allowance, on-campus housing or housing allowance if required, and a food allowance.

Research projects within IMOD labs cover a broad range of disciplines, including chemistry, physics, materials science & engineering, and electrical & computer engineering. Students can choose to work on the theory that drives the development of new photonic materials that will enable quantum computing. Other labs work on integrating these new materials into devices at both the nano- and macro-scale.


Research Focus: Optoelectronic devices that generate, sense, and control light underpin the modern information-technology era. Society is increasingly reliant on such devices for efficient lighting, information display, and optical data transmission. Furthermore, the study of optoelectronics is enabling new technologies ranging from ubiquitous sensors and photorealistic virtual reality displays to quantum-based information technologies that promise to produce exponential increases in computing power and secure communication networks from hacking. Such advances in optoelectronics, in turn, rely increasingly on advances in the synthesis of highly precise materials and the integration of different materials into functional optoelectronic devices and systems. IMOD is developing new classes of optoelectronic materials, devices, and systems with unprecedented functionality based on solution-processed inorganic materials.

Students may be place at other IMOD institutions including University of Pennsylvania, University of Colorado Boulder, Georgia Tech, Lehigh, University of Maryland

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