During the program, participants will:
- Participate in hands-on, supervised research in the field of polymer science & engineering on upcycling plastics
- Attend workshops to improve technical writing and oral presentations
- Participate in a river clean-up of plastic waste
- Tour a local recycling facility
- Attend workshops to learn CAD/Solidworks to design and build a 3D-printed object (students)
- Develop lesson plans to use in classrooms (teachers)
- Present research results at a summer-end symposium
- Present research results at the REM grantee meeting (college students and high school teachers) in late January or early February 2024
Each participant must:
- Commit 40 hours per week to EFRI REM activities
- Attend lab meetings
- Attend professional development workshops and research seminars
- Attend weekly lunches to discuss progress
- Attend field trips
- Prepare and deliver an oral presentation
- Prepare and deliver a research poster/presentation
The scheduled activities are designed to engage students in engineering research and further increase interest and understanding of the wide-ranging field of polymers and plastics upcycling. The program will foster technical development and research skills, afford sufficient time to complete research assignments, and provide social and educational activities away from UA’s campus. Throughout each week, participants will spend most of their time in the research lab, under the supervision of their matched faculty mentor and their research team.
Friday Lunches: During the lunch period, the participants will meet as group with their research mentors to present their research in an informal setting.
Local Excursions: Local excursions will include a local river clean-up and a trip to the Tuscaloosa recycling facility.
Participant Symposium: Each participant will each give a presentation on their summer research the final Friday of the program at an all-day symposium. Additionally, the students will present their 3D printed object. These objects will be judged by the faculty and graduate student mentors and a winner will be announced and given a small prize. Feedback will be provided to participants on their presentation performance.
REM Grantee Meeting: All college students and high school teachers who have shown a substantial effort on their project will be encouraged to present a poster/presentation at the REM Grantee Meeting in Washington, DC in late January or early February 2024. A travel stipend will be available to assist with travel costs.