PENN-UPRH Partnership for research

and education in materials



The objective of NSF PREM is to broaden participation and enhance diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, multi-investigator, collaborative research and education partnerships between minority-serving

colleges/universities and the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR) supported centers, institutes, and/or facilities.

The UPRH-PENN PREM award (NSF-DMR-0934195) is a Partnership for Research & Education in Materials (PREM) between the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) (Humacao, Cayey and Rio Piedras campuses) and the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC). This is a successful collaborative began in 1998 under the NSF CIRE program and has continued with PREM support since 2004.


PREM research and education activities focus on the thrust areas: Materials for Nano-electronic Devices and Sensors and Mathematical Modeling and Simulations of Materials, each of them exemplifying the best of the partnership in terms of research productivity, student training, and integration of research and education.

PREM is contibuting to increase the number of minority and women students in materials research through a well coordinated effort that begins with outreach activities for the community and which guides talented and motivated students from elementary to graduate school.


PREM UPRH-Penn Calendar