MIRA Scholars: Become Work Ready!

What is the ¡MIRA! Scholars Program?

The ¡MIRA! Scholars program provides students opportunities to build hands-on skills and gain invaluable research experience to develop our nation’s highly skilled workforce. This materials science research internship for undergraduate students is competitively awarded, gets students into labs, and pays them for it. We understand that not all students can accept a non-paid research internship, so ¡MIRA! Scholars removes barriers and equalizes this opportunity.

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Important Dates:

Application Opens: November 10th, 2022

Application Deadline: November 22nd, 2022

¡MIRA! Scholars 2023 Application and Requirements

Scholars Office Hours:

Come to ¡MIRA! Scholars office hours and let us answer any questions you have about the program or application.

Office Hours Dates: 

November 8th, 2022 from 4:00-5:15 PM in the Science & Health Building, Room 433

November 9th, 2022 from 3:30-4:45 PM in the Science & Health Building, Room 212

Join a ¡MIRA! Scientist's Lab

Gain invaluable research experience

Work 15-20 Hours Per Week

Project must be in Materials Science

No Lab Experience Required

All undergrad STEM majors welcome to apply

How to Apply: 

Applications open on Thursday, November 10th, 2022. 

Please visit our ¡MIRA! Scholars 2023 Application and Requirements page for requirements and instructions on how to submit your application.

All applications must be received by Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022. 

How to Donate:

All donations go directly to supporting student salaries. We support students through the application and research process, offering hands-on help in identifying and connecting the student with mentors that enable their success now and in the future. As ¡MIRA! is a high-impact materials science and diversity center, students join a team and learn how to increase diversity in STEM. 

What is Materials Science?

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Materials science is interdisciplinary and collaborative, spanning biology, chemistry, and physics to engineering and medicine.

According to industry analysts, materials science may be the most important technology of the next decade. By vastly accelerating our ability to create advanced materials to power industries from energy to medicine, revolutionary materials research has already had a significant impact—from saving the environment to bringing renewable energy technologies to market to creating materials for new bone and cartilage implants—and there’s no limit to what we can achieve in the future.

Materials science is one of the fastest-growing industries in Arizona. This interdisciplinary field focuses on creating and using materials with optimized usage based on their specific properties. Discoveries abound in specialized areas using biomaterials, plastics, ceramics, metal, or electrical materials. Jobs can be found in many industries from aerospace to microelectronics.