Polymer Science

Program Director

Associate Professor Rajeswari M. Kasi

Professors

Papadimitrakopoulos, Parnas, Sotzing

Associate Professors

Adamson, Asandei, Dormidontova, Kasi, Lin, Nieh, Seery, Sun

Assistant Professors

Burke, Ma

Work leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is offered in the interdisciplinary field of polymer science in the Institute of Materials Science. (www.polymer.ims.uconn.edu/).
Admission to Degree Programs

In addition to the basic admission requirements of the Graduate School, an applicant should submit Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test scores at the time of application. A sound undergraduate major in science and/or engineering normally is required for entrance to the degree programs.

The M.S. Program

Other than the GRE General Test scores, there are no special requirements for admission to the master’s program beyond those of the Graduate School. Selection of Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis) is made after consultation with the advisory committee. For Plan A, the student must successfully complete no fewer than 15 credit hours of advanced course work and no fewer than 9 additional credits of Master’s Thesis Research (GRAD 5950 or GRAD 5960), as well as the writing and oral defense of a thesis. For Plan B, the student must successfully complete no fewer than 24 credits of advanced course work and a comprehensive final examination, but no thesis.

The Ph.D. Program

Admission to the doctoral program is based upon a careful assessment of the student’s potential for creative research in polymer science. There are no special requirements for the doctoral program beyond those of the Graduate School, other than the GRE General Test scores.

The student must successfully complete:

1) No fewer than 30 credit hours of advanced course work and no fewer than 15 additional credits of Doctoral Dissertation Research (GRAD 6950).

2) The General Exam which consists of two parts: a written portion and an oral portion. The written portion is a comprehensive cumulative exam. The oral portion is the writing and oral defense of a thesis proposal.

Facilities

The Institute of Materials Science (IMS) has well-equipped, environmentally controlled research laboratories that are continually being upgraded. These include a clean room for surface and interface research, a monochromic source, variable angle ESCA, a relaxation spectrophotometer, and a tuneable UV/visible pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The IMS Microscopy Laboratory has a new JEOL 6335F cold field emission gun SEM with an automated digital interface and a fully automated digital JEOL 2010 FasTEM.

The Institute also operates a state-of-the-art materials simulation laboratory with a parallel cluster based on more than 24 PCs of the latest architecture. Students also have access to the main University computer system, as well as dozens of PCs, Macs, and Unix work stations.

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