The HNEI led University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and University of Washington (UW) Materials Research and Education Consortium (MRE-C) will develop foundational knowledge about advanced nano-to-macroscale defect-bearing and doped materials (boron compounds, chalcopyrites, layered quantum materials and proton-irradiated solids) and investigate their use for emerging energy technologies. MRE-C is composed of 9 UH personnel from HNEI, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics, and the Colleges of Engineering, Education and Social Sciences, as well as, 10 faculty from the National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at UW.
The project will enrich the research and education experiences of UH and UW students through strong dual-mentoring; student/faculty research exchanges; joint research seminars and an annual student symposia. Dr. Godwin Severa, the PI of the Consortium said “the vision of the UH-UW partnership, is to bring Materials Science and STEM participation by underrepresented groups, in particular Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) and Women, to equity, by creating a pathway that recruits and retains participants and keeps them on track towards degree attainment.
“We envision, MRE-C will develop the foundation necessary for increasing participation in materials science and STEM at undergraduate and later graduate level by underrepresented minority groups,” said Dr. Severa.
› NSF News announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=303304&org=MPS&from=news
› NSF award abstract: https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2121848&HistoricalAwards
› UH News Announcement: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=11537
› SOEST News Announcement: https://www.soest.hawaii.edu/soestwp/announce/news/program-prepares-students-for-research-careers-in-materials-science-and-engineering/