Vision Statement

The vision of the PENN-UPRH PREM is to diversify science and engineering by enhancing the participation of minority men and women in materials research and education in a partnership between the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Humacao, Cayey and Bayamón campuses, and the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC).

Multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research teams will address these important scientific questions with significant participation of undergraduate and high school (HS) students, and related PREM curricula and outreach activities will continue to benefit enormously from this targeted integration of research with education.

Our history

The UPRH-PENN PREM has transformed the research and education environment at UPR. PREM has contributed both a long-range vision and a day-to-day development of infrastructure for research and education at UPR. PREM outreach activities for K-12 students helped to attract some of the top students enrolled in STEM programs at UPRH. The Materials Research Shared Facilities enterprise, established and managed by PREM, has helped increase research productivity at UPRH and beyond the PREM group. Finally, the PREM program is widely recognized at UPR for its introduction of new and innovative methods of organization and education, many of which have been adopted by other UPR programs and departments.

Broadening Participation

From 2009-2015 more than 99% of our undergraduate students were minorities. Here we present some of our statistics:

OUTREACH IMPACT
SINCE SEPT 2015
OF OUR STUDENTS HAD CONTINUED GRADUATE SCHOOL
PUBLICATIONS WITH STUDENTS AS CO-AUTHORS OF PAPERS
OF OUR PREM STUDENTS
ARE WOMEN
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Highlights

Research and Educational highlights

PREM Generations

Affinity Membranes

MoS2 Vapor Sensors

Nonlinear thermoelectric transport in quantum dots

Seeds of Seccess: Girls in Science

Thermally Annealed P2HT: PCBM Thin films using atomic force microscopy

Bubble Formation in Chloroform at Negative Pressures

Twisted Multilayered Graphene

Ultraviolet Tunable MoS2-pSi Junction Diode

PREM NEMSPUN: Humacao-Spain Research Collaboration

Surfactants, CNTs Dispersion and Nanofibers Properties

Humacao PREM visits Rural Schools

Crossed SnO2/PEDOT-PSSA Nanoribbon Schottky Diodes

PREM Women in Physics and Computational Math

PREM Students won awards at District Science Fair

Nano and Art Exhibit

A Partnership Flowering at the Atomic Scale

Doping graphene in UV light


This material is based upon work supported by the NSF under Grant NO. DMR-1523463.