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Women in Materials: a Collaborative Effort between Simmons College and the Cornell Center for Materials Research

  • Velda Goldberg (a1), George G. Malliaras (a2), Helene Schember (a3), Michael Kaplan (a4), Leonard Soltzberg (a5), Richard W. Gurney (a6) and Patrick Johnson (a7)...

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The Women in Materials (WIM) program, supported by the National Science Foundation, is a collaboration between Simmons College, a predominately undergraduate women’s college, and the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR). For the past four years, this program has provided unusual curricular and research opportunities for undergraduate women at Simmons College. This program demonstrates a successful model for enhancing undergraduate science and technology preparation through collaboration between primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) and NSF-supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers.

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