The vision of the NSF Partnership for Research and Education and Materials (PREM) Center for Intelligent Materials Assembly (CIMA) is to become a sustainable, inclusive, multi-disciplinary scientific and educational research center in the Central Texas region that exceeds the diversity demographics of the university and the State of Texas, that provides underrepresented minority students a pathway into advanced degrees and careers in materials science, and that fosters state-of-the-art research. The center's name, CIMA, the Spanish word for "summit," embraces our quest for scientific and educational excellence through the collaborative PREM pathway.
The PREM CIMA will promote student retention and degree attainment through research and educational activities that multiply the capabilities and leverage the geographical proximity of the two partner institutions: Texas State University and The University of Texas at Austin. The two main focci of the PREM CIMA are:
- Research: Our team performs interdisciplinary, collaborative research in the areas of reconfigurable soft matter and nanostructure control. This research promises advances in materials for biomedical, energy, electronics and environmental applications. Undergraduate and graduate students participate in the development of these new technologies through hands-on research.
- Student-Centered PREM Pathway: Activities designed to promote student (1) recruitment, (2) retention, and (3) materials career preparation will be implemented throughout the year. These include the establishment of the PREM student organization, professional development and diversity workshops, entrepreneurial training, faculty/student exchanges between partners, research seminars, and mentorship by trained faculty.