PEAQS will directly fund up to 70 undergraduate researchers and up to 24 high school researchers
at FLC and NSU. It will also support graduate students at NSU, and reach out to area high school students
to expand recruiting efforts. Once a student becomes a PREM student researcher, he or she will have access
to high-impact resources and activities that are known to significantly impact the success of student’s future
career in STEM, including: trained research and peer mentors, research experiences, professional
development activities, a peer support network, and leadership opportunities. STROBE has already
developed part of this infrastructure, in partnership with FLC. Furthermore, this partnership allows FLC to
expand the existing STROBE/FLC collaboration from just 1-2 students during the summers, to their
students and institution in a long lasting way. This existing infrastructure and relationships will make the
expansion to PREM students seamless. Undergraduate students will be encouraged to remain engaged with
research projects until graduation, alternating paid part-time research positions during the semester, and
intense 10-week full-time research stays at the different PREM sites. Student and faculty exchanges will be
key to ensure fluid progress on the highly collaborative research projects, as well as to create a community
that spans the country.
The PREM for functional nanomaterials research focuses on understanding and utilizing the interplay of atomic and nanoscale structure with functionality in three different areas, providing a diverse set of opportunities for student involvement in different stages and facets of material science research.