The vision of the PENN-UPRH PREM is to diversify science and engineering by enhancing the participation of minority men and women in materials research and education in a partnership between the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Humacao, Cayey and Bayamón campuses, and the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC).
Multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research teams address important scientific questions with significant participation of undergraduate and high school (HS) students, and related PREM curricula and outreach activities will continue to benefit enormously from this targeted integration of research with education.
The UPRH-PENN PREM has transformed the research and education environment at UPR. PREM has contributed both a long-range vision and a day-to-day development of infrastructure for research and education at UPR. PREM outreach activities for K-12 students helped to attract some of the top students enrolled in STEM programs at UPRH. The Materials Research Shared Facilities enterprise, established and managed by PREM, has helped increase research productivity at UPRH and beyond the PREM group. Finally, the PREM program is widely recognized at UPR for its introduction of new and innovative methods of organization and education, many of which have been adopted by other UPR programs and departments.