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Summer Undergrad Research REU Opportunity for Cal State Materials Students

Back to the Future – Summer Research Program

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


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For students interested in:

  • Pre-engineering/Engineering
  • STEM – Science, Technology, Math, Chemistry, Physics
  • Manufacturing Technology, Welding
  • Materials, Metallurgical, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil Engineering
  • Biomedical/Biomaterials
  • Earth Sciences – Mining, Metallurgy, Geology


Students from 2-year colleges particularly encouraged to apply!


Program Highlights

Description: The Back to the Future Program is a paid summer research program based in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering with a theme of impact of metals on art and history.  Examples of past projects can be seen here:

Potential Projects: Friction stir welding, laser processing, advanced mineral/metals processing, nanomaterials, biomaterials, additive manufacturing, corrosion, polymer testing, testing and analysis of advanced alloys.

Dates: May 25-July 31, 2020 (10 weeks)

Stipend: $5,000 + Room and board

Application Deadline: March 2, 2020

Contact:  Michael K. West, PhD

Department Head, Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


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