The University of Minnesota's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is an innovative program that fosters a creative, interdisciplinary approach to materials research. It interlocks faculty and students from seven departments in a pursuit that addresses the meticulous control of composition, structure, and properties in advanced materials.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) fellowships are awarded to undergraduates from four-year colleges and universities for participation in a 10-week summer program designed to provide unique research experiences, professional development, and increased awareness of materials science and engineering.