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UNF unveils new materials science and engineering graduate program

Students working in a physics labThe University of North Florida has unveiled a new Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering graduate degree program.

The interdisciplinary program will include involvement from over 20 physics, chemistry and biology faculty in UNF’s College of Arts and Sciences as well as electrical and mechanical engineering faculty in UNF’s College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. It will be directed by Dr. Daniel Santavicca, physics associate professor.

“We are very excited to bring together a diverse group of faculty who can contribute knowledge from their various fields,” Santavicca said. “This will create incredible new opportunities for our students to participate in cutting-edge research in discovering and designing new materials to improve our world.”

Students in the program will have a unique opportunity to utilize the state-of-the-art electron microscopy and materials characterization center on campus, UNF’s Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility (MSERF). Each graduate student will conduct significant original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, culminating in the completion and defense of a master’s thesis.

The program is designed to accommodate students from different undergraduate backgrounds, particularly those who have completed a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences or engineering, but applicants with bachelor’s degrees in other areas may be admitted based on an academic evaluation.

Applications will open in January 2021 for the initial fall 2021 cohort. Learn more on the website.