1) PhD student positions
|Topics:||Nanomaterials, Spider Silk, Graphene, Nanocomposites, AFM|
|Preferred Majors:||Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology|
|Start Date:||Fall (Spring admission possible also)|
|Application Deadline:||Friday, 1st Friday in Febuary, 5:00pm EST|
2) Undergraduate Research Projects
We frequently have research opportunities for undergraduate students from the Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Geology departments. Research topics are in the areas Nanomaterials, Spider Silk, Graphene, Nanocomposites, AFM, data analysis, and more. E-mail for more information. We have also hosted several REU summer students.
In the past, students from these departments have completed senior and honors theses in our research group. Many of these undergraduates went on to some of the best Ph.D. programs in science and engineering in the country, including Harvard, Cornell, Berkeley, UNC Chapel Hill, U Wisconsin, to name a few (Alumnisee our page of previous group members).
We have some of the best available atomic force microscopes (AFM) in our lab; undergraduate students in our research group usually get expert-level training in AFM, which is an extremely valuable asset. In several cases, William & Mary undergrads co-authored highly-cited publications in high-impact journals. These factors can make a significant difference to a successful application to a top Ph.D. program. Undergraduate research in our laboratory is an ideal way to find out whether going for a Ph.D. is what you want, as undergraduates in our lab perform research side-by-side with Ph.D. students, often sharing similar responsibilities and working on independent projects.
The mentioned advantages come at the price that a relatively significant commitment of time and energy is required. Spending an entire afternoon per week in our lab during the semester is the absolute minimum, but will in most cases not suffice. Training on the AFM alone will take several months until the student can use it unsupervised. Therefore, we are particularly interested to work with students, who have several semesters left to extend their stay if they like it. It is also strongly recommended that students spend at least one summer in our laboratory. These summer internships are usually paid — we either help students to prepare successful applications for summer scholarships, or we fund student through our own research grants.
3) High School Students
We have research opportunities for High School students in the laboratory. There is currently an ongoing Summer program for students from Jamestown Highschool, Warrhill Highschool, and Lafayette Highschool from the James City County Williamsburg school system. Programs for students from other schools can be arranged.