Undergraduate Education Program
California State University, Long Beach
Young Seok Shon
Long Beach, CA
Discovery and characterization of novel energy-related materials are critical to meeting future energy and technology needs of society. Preparing a diverse student population for 21st century STEM fields, and for materials sciences particularly, requires integrating cutting-edge technologies and emerging methods across disciplines in both curricular and laboratory research experiences. The Keck Energy Materials Research Program at California State University, Long Beach will create a new interdisciplinary educational program that is explicitly integrated with engagement in energy materials research by undergraduate students and their faculty mentors. The program will expand instrumentation critical for energy-related materials research opportunities, engage students in collaborative interdisciplinary research with faculty of distinct yet complementary expertise, and support the development of interdisciplinary courses essential for launching a new degree option in materials science that bridges the departments of chemistry and physics. The program aims to develop into a nationally significant model for enhancing education in materials science at the undergraduate level.
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