Texas State to host National Science Foundation’s PREM conference

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
June 20, 2016

Texas State University will host the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) summer conference June 27-28.

The event is a multi-university technical conference on materials research. The conference content is based solely on student participants with four oral sessions and one poster session. Topics of the oral sessions include biomaterials, nanotechnology, materials for energy and inorganic materials.  There will also be a career panel composed of PREM graduates who will give perspectives on success in materials research. The student summer conference presentations will take place in room 100 of the Chemistry Building and are open to the public.

This conference, sponsored by National Science Foundation, is a collective effort of three PREM centers that includes the University of Texas at El Paso (University of California at Santa Barbara), University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (University of Minnesota) and Texas State (Duke University, the University of North Carolina, North Carolina Central University and North Carolina State University).  The goal of PREM is to broaden participation and increase diversity in materials research and education. The program creates partnerships between existing materials research, science and engineering centers (MRSECs) and minority-serving institutions.

The conference was organized by the Texas PREM Network--a consortium of PREM Centers within Texas whose mission is to share best practices and expand student exchange and networking. Currently, there are 12 PREM Centers nationwide of which three are in Texas.  

For more information, contact William Brittain at wb20@txstate.edu or at (512) 245-3308.