The University of Maryland MRSEC grants ended in September 2013 after 17 years of successful operation. This site remains as a history of the center, but will not be actively maintained.
University of Maryland
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
The UMD-MRSEC, in collaboration with Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS), implements math, science, and engineering activities to middle school students. GEMS is an after school program focused on female students from two Prince George’s County Middle Schools. The MRSEC-GEMS program is designed to enhance these students’ interests in science and engineering by providing exciting curriculums, effective studying tools, science demonstrations, and access to cutting-edge laboratory equipment. MRSEC researchers interact with students as mentors and role models while providing students with the opportunity to learn and discuss current research and technology.
The University of Maryland NOBCChE chapter joined the MRSEC service-based outreach effort. As student mentors, NOBCChE has expanded laboratory assistance, one-on-one interactions, and provided advice and guidance on chemistry majors and careers to high school students underrepresented in science.
MRSEC activities are designed to engage students in the understanding of scientific variables, calculations, and analysis. MRSEC provides students with classroom inquiry-based activities, field trip to UMD-MRSEC for more in-depth and rigorous learning. The program includes: