The NSF REEMS Program 2016/2017

Apr 26, 2016

The NSF REEMS Program Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

The REEMS program (Research Experiences and Exploration in Materials Science for Houston Community College Students) is now accepting applications for the combined Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. Applications, supporting documents and letters of recommendation are due no later than July 8, 2016. These forms are provided at the end of the REEMS program narrative.

REEMS is funded by the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation (DMR 1460564). This highly unique program, which is funded through early 2019, is structured to attract & prepare young men and women from across the HCC district who represent a highly diverse student population. Each academic year a new cohort of up to thirty HCC students will be selected as incoming REEMS students to participate in a variety of materials science educational activities (as described below).

During the Fall 2016 semester REEMS students will have the opportunity to apply separately for the summer REEMS Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REEMS REU). These experiences will include a broad array of research topics, as described below, and will be conduced at various departments and research centers at the University of Houston, Rice University and at the University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston. Each student selected for this REU will receive a $5,000 stipend. To qualify for consideration for the REEMS REU students must have completed the university physics course sequences, the calculus course sequence and at least one course in general chemistry at the conclusion of the Spring 2017 semester

Fall 2016 Spring 2017 REEMS Program Application

Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Faculty Recommendation Form

REEMS Faculty and Staff Events Calendar 2016/2017

Sept 25 2016 Revision - 2016 2017 REEMS Activities Calendar

Background 2015/2016 REEMS Students

The current, 2015/2016 REEMS students and REEMS REU students represent a cohort of individuals from highly diverse cultural, economic and educational backgrounds. (Picture 1) Each of these students shares common traits: the motivation to learn, a willingness to explore new challenges, and move forward to accomplish their undergraduate educational goals. As the 2016 spring semester comes to a close each of these students gained an enhanced appreciation of the potential impact that material science and materials engineering has on their education, and the interdisciplinary and historical roles which materials have played on societal and technological development.

Announcement of the Selection of the West Houston Center for Science and Engineering National Science Foundation REEMS Program Scholars for Spring 2016.

2015/2016 REEMS Students

  • Shams Albayati – Engineering
  • Syeda Ali- Engineering
  • Abedi Aryan - Engineering
  • Nick Anaya – Engineering
  • Grant Foster – Engineering
  • Eliud Gonzales-Martinez – Technology/Engineering/Science
  • Steven Guzman – Engineering
  • Tammy Hendrix-Doucette-Technology/Engineering/Science
  • Niloufar Jafari- Biological Science
  • Aaron Ladner –Engineering
  • Raymond McCoy- Technology
  • Jennifer Pernia - Engineering
  • Khoa Pham – Engineering
  • July Romero – Engineering
  • Hasanain Shubbar- Engineering
  • Ahmad Sayyedahmad – Engineering
  • Aida Zamani – Engineering

The 2016/2017 REEMS Program

The 2016/2017 REEMS program offers students the opportunity to learn about concepts and applications of materials science through:

  • The development academic and professional networks
  • One-on-one discussions with the REEMS dedicated transfer guidance staff members and with university transfer advisors.  These university transfer advisors represent many of the REEMS partnering institutions
  • Participation in REEMS specific special topic seminars, research laboratory tours, and instructional events which demonstrate the range of materials science and engineering topic areas, and
  • Selection of the twelve 2017 REEMS REU students  is based upon a competitive application process which will be conducted in late fall of 2016.  The application for the REEMS REU will be available at this site in October of 2016. Applying students must be full time students, maintain a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0, have completed the requisite academic background courses as noted above, and have participated in 2016/2017 REEMS program fall and spring activities.  As noted previously, the REEMS program provides a summer stipend of $5,000 to each REU student.


  • Materials Research Society (Special Topics Course)
  • Rice University (REU Research, Computational Science Graduate Education)
  • Texas Tech University (Engineering Transfer)
  • University of Florida (IMOS, Special Topics Course)
  • University of Houston (REU Research and Science, Engineering and Computational Science Advising/Transfer)
  • University of Texas – Arlington (Engineering Transfer)
  • University of Texas El-Paso (Materials Science Engineering Transfer)
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (REU Research)


  • District Wide Competitive Recruitment –30 Science & Engineering Bound HCC students
    • Returning 2015/2016 REEMS students
    • NSF Alliance for Minority Participation
    • STEM and Engineering Clubs
    • ASES (Associate of Science in Engineering Science) Students
    • Texas A&M Engineering Academy (HCC-Northwest)
  • Alief Independent School District
    • Incoming Students
  • Houston Area Charter Schools (Pending)


  • Dedicated REEMS Academic Transfer and Guidance Advisor
  • Direct Interaction and Communication with University Transfer Advisors


  • Special Topics Seminar – Introduction to Materials Science and Materials Engineering
    • Impact of Materials on Society
  • Research Lab Tours
  • Career Networking and Professional Development Seminars
  • Time Management Seminars
  • Transfer and Financial Issues
  • Faculty/Student Mentoring
  • Student Research Posters and Presentations


  • Second REEMS REU Cohort: Selection From 2016/2017 REEMS Students (December 2016)
  • Partnering Research Institutions
    • Rice University,
    • University of Houston
    • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    • REU Research Faculty
      • Rice University
        • Dr. Margaret Cheung – Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
        • Dr. Rafael Verduzco – Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • University of Houston
    • Dr. Jakoah Brgoch, Department of Chemistry
    • Dr. James K. Meen, Department of Chemistry
    • Dr. Megan Robertson, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    • Dr. Laura Smith Callahan, Neurosurgery & Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
    • REEMS Summer Research Topics (Subject to change):
      • Fabricate and characterize polymer-based organic photovoltaics
      • Determination of migration characteristics of high temperature superconductors
      • Fabricate and characterize epoxy resins
      • Contribute to computational dynamics studies of biological macro-molecules
      • Fabricate and test cellular response to changes in mechanical properties and bioactive signaling
      • Develop novel phosphors using high temperature solid-state synthesis to realize the next generation of solid-state white lighting devices

To apply for the REEMS 2016/ 2017 Fall- Spring program:

Please see 2016/2017 REEMS Application form and recommendation forms below.  Completed applications and letters of recommendation are to be electronically submitted to the West Houston Center

no later than midnight July 1, 2016.

When submitting application use:  2016 2017 REEMS in the subject line

When submitting recommendation use:  2016 2017 REEMS Recommend in the subject line

For information on the REEMS program, please contact the REEMS Principal Investigator: Bartlett M. Sheinberg
West Houston Center for Science and Engineering
Houston Community College

2811 Hayes Road
MC 1524H
Houston, TX 77082
Telephone: 713.718.5617

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