Are you an aspiring scientist or engineer
looking for a hands-on summer experience?

Explore materials science and engineering
while learning about nanotechonology and sustainability
during a week-long Summer Institute!


Summer Institute Participants

Materials are at the core of technological advances across all disciplines. From the ever-shrinking microchip containing billions of nanoscale transistors to advances in structural steels for skyscapers, materials scientists and engineers manipulate atomic structures to change properties on small and large scales. The future possibilities for materials innovations are endless. The foundation for these innovations lies in understanding the relationship between material structures on the small scale (nanometers (1/100,000 the width of a human hair) to micrometers (1/100 the width of a human hair)) to their properties which make them useful in a given application. For nanoscale electronics, manipulating materials so that electron flow can be precisely controlled is very important. In biotechnology applications, creating material structures that can mimic body parts such as bone and organs is critical for enabling medical advances. In the field of energy, improving how materials absorb energy from sunlight is crucial for improving the efficiency of solar cells. Understanding these materials structure-property relationship begins by learning the fundamentals of materials science and engineering.

In addition enriching the understanding of structure-property relationships, future materials innovations will need to consider sustainability for long-term product development with minimal negative impacts on the climate, ecosystem and society. Since the earth has a limited supply of many of the elements that are used into advanced applications, it is important to consider both the source of materials for initial fabrication of components and end-of-life recycling so that rare earth materials can be re-used. An appreciation of sustainability is important for future materials scientists and engineers who will ultimately be stewards of the planet.

Program Overview

The Drexel University Materials Science & Engineering Summer Institute will give aspiring scientists and engineers the chance to learn about how atomic elements arrange themselves to form the materials that are all around us. Furthermore, the Summer Institute will emphasis how variables in processing of materials determine physical, mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. Through hands-on science and engineering activities, students will gain an understanding of how materials impact the fields of energy, biotechnology and electronics. Sustainability and nanotechnology will be a theme woven through all of the modules. The learning environment will include work in a computer classroom, materials science laboratory and the Centralized Research Facility which includes advanced microscopy equipment. The week will culminate with presentations in which students will discuss their results from group projects.

Group projects and learning modules will focus on three advanced technology themes:

  • Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Electronics

The roles of nanotechnology and sustainability in each of these areas will be emphasized.


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Motivated high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent high school graduates who would like a hands-on summer experience to learn about how materials impact today’s technological advances.


July 20-24*, July 27-31*, August 10-14, or August 17-21 2015, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm


Drexel University - College of Engineering


$795 includes lunch as well as all educational and laboratory supplies.

Housing (for an additional fee)

During any session, students 18 and older or those accompanied by an adult can stay in a Drexel University dormitory.

*During the first two sessions, housing is available through Julian Krinsky Residential Services for students aged 15-19.

Returning Scholars Scholarship

For those who attend the Summer Institute and subsequently attend Drexel University as an undergraduate, a $1,000 scholarship that is renewable annually is automatically awarded.


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More Information

Questions can be directed towards Dr. Christopher Weyant