University of Wisconsin-Madison, Polymer Engineering Center

Enhance your job prospects by gaining hangs-on experience with emerging plastics manufacturing technologies

We are seeking college students to participate as summer interns in an exciting research project to conduct research on next-generation plastics such as biopolymers, liquid silicone rubbers, and microcellular nanocomposites. The students will work with a prestigious team of faculty and researchers in the Polymer Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The internship will provide students an invaluable learning experience with innovative plastics materials, manufacturing processes and equipment.

To be considered, student must have completed their sophomore year of an engineering, pre-engineering or science-based curriculum: be enrolled for the fall 2004 term: and be a full-time student with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater.

Accepted candidates will participate 40 hours per week from June 14, 2004, through Aug 6, 2004 (eight weeks). Each intern will receive a total stipend of $3,750 for the internship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. No experience in the research subject areas is required.

To apply, send the following:

  1. One-page cover letter
  2. One-page resume
  3. One-page statement indicating your interest in one of the research areas and undergraduate research, and why you should be selected as a participant
  4. Two letters of reference (at least two from previous or current faculty)
  5. Your university transcript(s)

Applications must be received by Friday, April 30, 2004. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Sponsored by:

National Science Foundation, Partnership for Innovation Program

Participating Institutions:


Send application materials and inquiries to:

Professor Tom Turng
Mechanical Engineering Dept.
Co-Director, Polymer Engrg. Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608)262-0586