Smart Polymer Composite Materials & Structures

A Research Experience for Undergraduates

Smart Polymer Composite Materials and Structures is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project.  Faculty from the departments of chemistry, mechanical engineering and civil engineering will mentor students.

Requirements Benefits
U.S. citizen/permanent resident $500/week stipend
Enrolled in an undergraduate program at a two- or four-year institution On-campus housing, if needed
Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 Up to $600 travel reimbursement
Desire to pursue a career in research and/or graduate school in your major $500 dining card


Project Examples

  • Shape memory polymers and self-healing. PI: Guoqiang Li
  • Materials science and analytical chemistry. PI: Isiah Warner
  • Composite structures and non-destructive testing. PI: Ayman Okeil
  • Polymer synthesis and polymer composites. PI: John Pojman
  • Polymer characterization. PI: Gerald Schneider
  • Modeling of composite materials. PI: George Voyiadjis
  • Smart polymers. PI: Donghui Zhang

Important Dates

  • October 1, 2018   Application Open
  • February 1, 2019 Application Deadline
  • March 1, 2019 Notification of Decision
  • May 21 - July 27, 2019 Program Dates


Application Details

A completed application consists of the following, which must be submitted by the deadline of February 1, 2019:

  • Online application with 500-word essay
  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation letter

Application materials may be sent to Heather Lavender:

By email:, email subject: REU-Smart Applications

By Mail to the following address:

203 Hatcher Hall,
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Attn. Heather Lavender



Heather Lavender
Louisiana State University
Office of Strategic Initiatives
203 Hatcher Hall