Our REU program in “Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials”, during its second edition on the summer of 2016 provided a vibrant and educational research experience for nine highly talented students from various parts of the United States and Puerto Rico. Students from the University of Puerto Rico, University of Maryland, Georgia Institute of Technology, Princeton University and Howard University constituted our second cohort. A diverse group of young minds, from areas such as biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and computer engineering developed a sense of fellowship and camaraderie through their coexistence at the “Hotel Colegial”. Their research projects went from studying the dynamic of one microbubble subjected to a 3D acoustic field, self-propelled particles, continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing process, biofilms, zeolites, carbon nanotubes, chitosan-talc composite films, CPL-bpp, to the development of NIR calibration models for prediction of low acetaminophen (APAP) concentrations inside a feed frame in real-time. The results of their research were disseminated to a large network of scientists and general public through the CienciaPR.org platform, which provided an exciting outlet for students to share their experiences and impressions. Students even got to propose collaborative projects amongst themselves! An outstanding poster session showcased all of the projects at the end of the 10-week session.
Our REU program provided ample opportunities for development through Scientific Communication Workshop Series and the brand-new Soft Matter Seminar Series (click here to see the calendar of the activities from June to August); combined with a rich cultural experience that included the exploration of the natural beauties of Puerto Rico accompanied by great food and the colorful and upbeat character of the Puerto Rican folklore.
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