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MEM-C is lucky to be a part of two Partnerships in Research and Education in Materials Science (PREM). These PREM programs aim to develop to design, develop, and deploy new complex nanomaterials that accelerate future technologies in broad sectors. PREM also aims to develop an educational pathway to satisfy an integral need within the materials science ecosystem and serve as a collaborative touchstone to NSF priorities in promoting mathematics, data science, chemistry, and materials science among underrepresented minority students.

The University of Central Florida’s (UCF) PREM Center for Ultrafast Dynamics and Catalysis in Emerging Materials (C-UDCEM, DMR-2121953) collaborates with MEM-C researchers in the areas of quantum materials and catalysis. C-UDCEM’s mission is to ““increase diversity and institutional capacity in materials research through long term partnerships with the University of Washington, to promote innovative student research experiences, develop pedagogy based curriculum enhancements and nurture and grow an inclusive materials community.” Visit C-UDCEM’s website for more information on all that they have happening!

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s (UH) PREM Center for Materials Research and Education Consortium (MRE-C, DMR-2121848) collaborates with MEM-C researchers in the areas of boron compounds, chalcopyrites, proton-irradiated solids, and strain control in solids. MRE-C’s vision is to “increase Materials Science and STEM participation by underrepresented groups, in particular Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and women.” Visit MRE-C’s website for more information on their exciting work!