A Materials Science Research Internship

Applications opening in September 2022!

            “It was really nice being able to see other people succeeding in the sciences who look like me.” –Victoria Girgis, Spring 2021 ¡MIRA! Scholars

MIRA! Scholars creates work-ready students, by providing them a competitive salary to work in a ¡MIRA! faculty laboratory where they gain hands-on research experience. All funds go directly to supporting students and enable ALL students to gain valuable working skills in an interdisciplinary field- while earning a living wage. ¡MIRA! Scholar internships are competitively awarded and the award process was created to reduce barriers for students who do not have research experience or come from a research background. As ¡MIRA! is a high-impact materials science and diversity center, students join a team and learn how to increase diversity in STEM.

The ¡MIRA! Scholars program provides students opportunities to build hands-on skills to develop our Nation’s highly skilled workforce.  It is a materials science research internship for undergraduate students that 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 and equalizes that barrier.

¡MIRA! Scholars allows a student to:

  •  join a ¡MIRA! research group and get job-ready!
  • get PAID to do research (15-20 hrs/week @ a Flagstaff living wage)

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.

Join a ¡MIRA! scientists lab

Gain invaluable research experience

Work 15-20hrs/week

Project must be in Materials Science

No lab experience is required!!

All UGRAD STEM majors welcome to apply

What is materials science?

Materials science is interdisciplinary and collaborative, spanning biology, chemistry, 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.