A Student-led Program in Research and Education

ASPIRE (A Student-­‐led Program in Research and Education) provides 20-­‐25 high school students with hands-­‐on lab experiences in polymer science ranging in focus from synthesis to mechanical testing through a series of half-­‐day activities over five consecutive Saturdays each winter. ASPIRE gives high school students a unique opportunity to gain experience in chemistry, physics and engineering of polymers, areas of study rarely taught in traditional high school science classes.

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Program identifies community participants.

Program Start (and End Dates): 

July 9, 2012


United States

Program Director: 

Greg Dabkowski, MRSEC Outreach Coordinator

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Greg Dabkowski, MRSEC Outreach Coordinator

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UNIT: Colleges, Schools, Departments, Centers, and Institutes: 

College of Natural Sciences/Polymer Science and Engineering/Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

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