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February 8, 2021

Applications Now Open for UNT Physics' Research Experience & Mentoring Program (REM)

Qualified graduate, undergraduate, high school students, and teachers are invited to apply for this summer research experience at the UNT Department of Physics, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The deadline to apply is April 10, 2021.

Fundamental and applied research to be undertaken as part of the REM program involves ultrasonic and optical wave propagation through acoustical metamaterials or and optical meta-surfaces. The REM program will provide mentorship and engage students on research supported by the NSF sponsored Emerging Frontier Research Initiative, (EFRI) one of the major emerging frontier multidisciplinary groups in Texas on promoting collaborative and cutting-edge research and educational activities. Some of the ongoing projects in UNT's EFRI program include- acoustic switches, SASERs - the acoustic analogue of LASERs, ultrasonic lens for deep tissue imaging, soft-robotics, acoustic and optical metamaterials for control and propagation of electromagnetic and acoustic waves, quantum materials and optically active 2D materials for nonlinear optics. The EFRI program will also collaborate with UNT's Center for Adaptive and Advanced Manufacturing for the design and fabrication of ultrasonic devices based on additive manufacturing processes. Select topics on quantum and magnetic materials for photonics/phononics will be available. Priority will be given to students with a strong drive for graduate studies and future research careers.

The EFRI program, led by Dr. Arup Neogi, University Distinguished Professor in Physics, fosters collaboration between the College of Science, College of Engineering, and Center for Agile and Advanced Manufacturing at UNT, where experts from complementary disciplines work together to develop innovative scientific and engineering solutions to existing and emerging challenges in nano-photonics and meta-acoustics.

The program will engage participants on research leading to the discovery of new knowledge, provide mentoring from a diverse research team, promote graduate study as a future professional goal, and provide instructive and appealing learning components. As part of the research experience, the participants will formulate a hypothesis, develop a research plan, carry out a research investigation, prepare progress reports using multiple technology-enriched approaches, present findings to a group of peers and research mentors through a variety of presentation modes, and reflect on achievements. In addition, specific periods will be set aside for structured learning and professional development activities designed to provide the participants with skills, tools, and training essential for success in research. The RES program will provide industrial experience through visits to Tech Fort Worth and local industries in collaboration through NSF's academic liason with industry (GOALI program).


(Tentative schedule - subject to chase due to COVID-19) 8-week long program for graduate/undergraduate and teachers; June 7 - July 30, 2021 4-week long program for high school students; July 5 - July 30, 2021

All the selected participants will be provided a stipend based on their qualifications as per NSF regulations. Additionally, room and board at UNT may be provided for participants.


Fill out the online application form and submit by April 10 (Sat), 2021.

Ideal applicants for the program include individuals with a high degree of self-motivation for research and development.

Although most of the positions are for US citizens or permanent residents, a few positions from the EFRI project will be for non-US graduate students.