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Retaining Engineers Through Research Entrepreneurship and Advanced-materials Training (RETREAT)

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Program Announcement

The High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) is now accepting applications from undergraduates in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines for the NSF REU Summer RETREAT. The 10-week RETREAT program offers a stipend of $6,200 for each participant, plus travel allowances, lodging, and a modest amount for meals. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with leading experts and be trained on the utilization, manufacture, and characterization of multiscale and multifunctional advanced composites. They will also learn how to successfully commercialize technological innovations by participating in seminars on entrepreneurship and an EngiPreneur Competition (an entrepreneurship-based student project competition) to be coordinated by experts from the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship of the Florida State University.

This program will be held at FSU's Material Research Building, a new 45,000 sq. ft. facility, which is the home of HPMI.

  • US citizenship or permanent residency required
  • Selection will be based on academic performance and faculty recommendation
  • Women and underrepresented minority students are encouraged to apply
  • Tentative dates: May 23, 2022 - July 29, 2022

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The Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) is designed to build a sustainable pipeline between the Department of Energy's (DOE) sites/labs and minority-serving institutions in STEM disciplines, and bring a heightened awareness of NNSA plants and laboratories to institutions with a common interest in STEM research fields.

Currently, MSIPP supports 24 consortium-based teams consisting of participants from select institutions. These teams bring together institutions that share interests in STEM research areas and who can utilize the facilities and technology available at DOE/NNSA’s labs and sites.

Informed Consent to Participate Form

Research Projects

The RETREAT research projects will provide students with an opportunity to participate in ongoing research programs in the areas of composite materials, smart sensors and materials manufacturing. Students will work closely with faculty and graduate students and gain hands on experience with advanced techniques in demand in the field today. The following are summer 2016 projects and similar project topics will be proposed for summer 2022.

Title Faculty Mentor(s) REU Fellow

Improving Energy Mitigation of Thermoplastic Composites Through Novel Architecture

Dr. Okenwa Okoli

Yourri Dessureault

Brandon Johnson

Autonomous - Additive Manufacturing for Printing Scale-Up

Dr. Tarik Dickens

Jolie Frketic

Seam Psulkowski

Quantification of Pain Relief by Smart Prosthesis

Dr. Changchun Zeng

Xiaolin Wang

Pramith Devulapalli

Microstructure and Failure Mode Analysis of CNT/CF Hybrid Composites

Dr. Ayou Hao

Songlin Zhang

Mary Kate Holleran

Laser Processing for Carbon Fiber Manufacturing

Dr. Mei Zhang

Esther Daniels

Alayna Huckleby

Gait Data Modeling for Personalized Manufacturing of Lower-limb Orthoses

Dr. Hui Wang

Jie Ren

Isabella Martinez

Roll to Roll Construction Device of Flexible Solar Cell Units

Dr. Okenwa Okoli

Ryan Adams

Derek Guillen

Design and Analysis of Bioengineering Systems

Dr. Hui Wang
Dr. Abhishek Shrivastava

Zhengqian Jiang

Kristi Folds

Manufacturing of Large Area, Flexible LED Panels Based on Halide Perovskites

Dr. Zhibin Yu

Ganesh Bade

Melissa Davis

Transport Property Characterization and Modeling of CNT/CF Hybrid Composites

Dr. Richard Liang

Nam Nguyen

Melissa Vahid

How to Apply


  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • STEM disciplines (undergraduate students)
  • Application Deadline: February 5th, 2022 for priority consideration and February 26th, 2022 to meet extended deadline.
  • Student cannot have attended two (2) other NSF REUs in the past

Application Checklist

All of the following items must be completed and submitted before your application package will be considered.

  • Resume
  • Current transcript
  • Submission form
  • Two letters of reference (preferably from your professors)

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Application Instructions

  1. Prepare resume and electronic version of unofficial transcript documents prior to beginning the submission form.
  2. When you are ready to submit your resume and transcript. Here is the link: https://tinyurl.com/22FAMUFSUREU.

    *Note: The submission form does not have a SAVE feature. It must be completed in one sitting. Have all documents prepared prior to starting the submission form.

  3. The two letters of reference can be submitted via to retreat@eng.famu.fsu.edu or crest@eng.famu.fsu.edu.
  4. If you have any questions, please contact the RETREAT Assistant Coordinators, Ms. Kiaira McCoy or Dr. Vincent O. Eze.

Program Overview

An overview of the various activities that would be embarked upon during the retreat is illustrated below. All activities and collaborations are geared at equipping the students with knowledge and skills in advanced materials and entrepreneurship. The students will also have the opportunity to present that work during the EngiPreneurship competition.

REU Program Overview


Past Participants

Summer 2016

Melissa Davis

Pramith Devulapalli

Derek Guillen

Mary Kate Holleran


Alayna Huckleby

Brandon Johnson

Isabella Martinez

Sean Psulkowski


Melissa Vahid




Gabrielle Martin


Thomas Porrka


Summer 2013

William Biesiadecki

Stephen Charnley

Robert Cook

Alice Daramola

Melissa Dani Gaillard

Elizabeth Ichite

Craig Seykora

Austin Shields


Ever Valasquez

Michael Wiltfong

Summer 2012

Ryan Adams

Lee Becker

Karen Bermes

Briana Cameron

Chikezie Esione

Joshua Hadisty

Stephen Markus

Annuli Okoye

Margaret Scheiner

Stuart Smith