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International Internship in Materials (IIM) Program Goals -Provide a mechanism to develop global scientists and engineers -Enrich the learning experience.

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1 International Internship in Materials (IIM) Program Goals -Provide a mechanism to develop global scientists and engineers -Enrich the learning experience of undergraduates by immersing them in an international research activity -Provide reciprocal opportunities for undergraduates from host institutions here at Penn State -Students will be able to use their experience towards technical electives and/or senior capstone -Provide departmental support so that students of any socioeconomic background can take advantage of this opportunity

2 What Makes IIM Unique? -Program is built upon existing relationships between Penn State faculty and the faculty of our host institutions which allows for a much more personal experience for our students -IIM students do not pay tuition while they are abroad (stay enrolled at their own institution – allows for them to pay insurance at their own institution) -Students are not required to attend classes but may do so if they like -More funding opportunities than traditional study abroad programs -Readily available full time assistance from staff coordinator at each location

3 Host Institutions -Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany -Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany -University of Leeds, Leeds, England -National School of Industrial Ceramics, Limoges, France -University of Padua, Padua, Italy -The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England -Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland -University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain

4 Responsibilities of Each Institution -Appoint coordinator for the program -Appoint coordinator for the program -Provide several research topics for students to choose from -Provide several research topics for students to choose from -Assist in visa application process -Assist in visa application process -Arrange appropriate housing accommodations -Arrange appropriate housing accommodations -Orientation upon arrival -Orientation upon arrival -Pay stipend of $500/month -Pay stipend of $500/month Home Institution -Appoint coordinator for the program -Appoint coordinator for the program -Provide academic background and recommendations of participant -Provide academic background and recommendations of participant -Assign appropriate faculty research advisor from home institution -Assign appropriate faculty research advisor from home institution -Arrange health insurance -Arrange health insurance -Facilitate visa application -Facilitate visa application Host Institution

5 Credits for IIM Two new courses developed to give students credit Two new courses developed to give students credit MatSE 484W (3): International Internship in Materials: Research Definition and MethodologyMatSE 484W (3): International Internship in Materials: Research Definition and Methodology MatSE 485W (3): International Internship in Materials: Experimentation and Documentation)MatSE 485W (3): International Internship in Materials: Experimentation and Documentation)

6 Funding Program is currently being funding by industrial gifts -We supported 7 undergraduates this academic year -Actively seeking other sources of funding for the future -In addition each institution pays the visiting student a stipend of $500/month during their stay

7 IIM Students from Penn State Spring Erin Haworth – National School of Industrial Ceramics Limoges -Andrea Fortunato – University of Padua Fall Dennis Shay - The University of Sheffield -Garnia Juwondo – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Spring Alejandro Levander – University of Leeds -Alexana Cranmer – Darmstadt University of Technology -Christopher Brink – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology -Katherine Williams - University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain

8 Visiting IIM Students Fall Jean-Bapiste Ollagnier – Darmstadt University of Technology Spring Flavio Griggio* – University of Padua -Jean-Denis Nicolas – National School of Industrial Ceramics, Limoges -Christine Jamin* - Darmstadt University of Technology * Planning to return to Penn State to attend graduate school in Materials Science and Engineering

9 Examples of IIM Research Topics -Optimizing the Ferroelectric Properties of xBiFe0 3 –xBi(Mg0.5Ti0.5)0 3 –(1- 2x)PbTi0 3 -Research on Hydroxyapatite for Biomedical Applications -Mechanical Properties of Highly Textured Alpha Alumina by Tape Casting -Preparing Microcellular Ceramic Foams for Bone Tissue Engineering Applications -BiFeO 3 Based Ceramics and Thin Films -Organic-Inorganic Composite Materials for Solar Cells and Light Emitting Applications -Devitrification Behavior of Aluminosilicate Glass Ceramics for High Strength Extraction Aids for Oil Recovery

10 Graduate International Internship in Materials -Same characteristics as IIM but primarily for graduate students -Based on Far East partners (Japan, Korea, and China) -End of May L. Chen and Messing to visit Chinese universities to establish (Tsinghua, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Shanghai Inst of Ceramics, and Shanghai JiaoTong) -Seoul National University, Nagoya University

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