The Sloan Ph.D. Network in Materials Science & Engineering and Bioengineering: A Sloan Scholars Program

About the Program

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Minority Ph.D. Program—managed by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)—offers substantial scholarship support, mentoring and guidance to underrepresented minority students beginning their doctoral work in engineering, natural science, and mathematics. Since its establishment in 1995, the program has provided direct support to almost 600 minority Ph.D. students.

The University of Maryland's Sloan Ph.D. Network in Materials Science & Engineering and Bioengineering serves Ph.D.-seeking students—especially those interested in an academic career—in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the Graduate Program in Bioengineering (BioE). The program is managed by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

The Sloan Foundation and the student's department work together to ensure financial support as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward his or her degree.

Eligibility

Program activities are open to African American, American Indian/Native American, and Latino students who are U.S. citizens or have a green card; and who have been accepted into the University of Maryland's graduate program in MSE, or its graduate program in BioE. Students are officially accepted as Sloan Scholars after they have passed their Ph.D. qualifying exams, but are encouraged to participate in mentoring and other activities as soon as they are accepted into the MSE or BioE programs.

How to Apply

Eligible students must apply to and be accepted by University of Maryland Graduate School and either the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, or the Graduate Program in Bioengineering. If accepted, students become candidates for a Sloan Scholarship. Sloan Scholars are selected after passing their Ph.D. qualifying exams based on their application, faculty recommendation(s), field of study, and financial need. Awards are made on a rolling basis.

We recommend that students contact one of our Sloan Program Directors as well as affiliated Sloan faculty members (see below) to discuss their goals before applying.

Contact Information

Associate Professor Isabel K. Lloyd
Program Director and Sloan Scholars Advisor
2309 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building
University of Maryland
College Park, Md. 20742

Phone: 301-405-5221
E-mail: illoyd@umd.edu

Meet Our Program Directors and Faculty

Faculty are members of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering unless otherwise noted.

LloydAssociate Professor Isabel K. Lloyd (Sloan Scholars Program Director) is one of MSE's undergraduate program advisors, a Sloan Scholars advisor, an affiliate professor of the Graduate Program in Bioengineering and the Institute for research in Electronics and Applied Physics, and an ACERS Fellow. Her research includes high elastic modulus dental composites, all-ceramic dental restorations, biomaterials, and the effects of processing on performance of ceramic materials.
301-405-5221 | illoyd@umd.edu | Homepage


Martinez-MirandaAssociate Professor Luz Martínez-Miranda (Sloan Scholars Program Co-Director) is one of MSE's undergraduate program advisors, a Sloan Scholars advisor, an affiliate professor of the Graduate Program in Bioengineering, and an APS Fellow. She also participates in the university's Materials Science and Research Engineering Center's Research Experience for Undergraduates program (MRSEC REU). Her research includes liquid crystals for biological studies and general engineering applications, the interaction of liquid crystal with nanoscale materials, and X-ray scattering techniques of liquid crystal and other materials. Outside of the university she has been active with the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science the National Society for Hispanic Physicists.
301-405-0253 | ljmm@umd.edu | Homepage


BentleyRobert E. Fischell Distinguished Professor William E. Bentley is the Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is an affiliate professor of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a member of the Maryland Biochip Collaborative, and jointly appointed to the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research. His research interests include biomolecular and metabolic engineering, cell-to-cell communication, heterologous protein expression, and device/bio interfaces.
301-405-4321 | bentley@umd.edu | Web Site


BriberProfessor Robert M. Briber is the Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and an APS Fellow. His research includes polymer physics and phase transitions in polymer systems, polymer morphology and structure, chain conformation and shape of synthetic and bio- polymers, neutron and X-ray scattering characterization of materials, and transmission electron microscopy of polymers. His current projects include synthesis and characterization of structured hydrogels, data analysis and modeling of off specular neutron reflectivity, structure of nanoporous low K dielectric materials, and folding of RNA.
301-405-7313 | rbriber@umd.edu | Homepage


Associate Professor Sheryl Ehrman is an endowed Keystone Professor and the Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. She is also an affiliate professor of the Graduate Program in Bioengineering. Her research focuses on aerosol and nanoparticle technology.
301-405-1917 | sehrman@umd.edu | Homepage


KofinasProfessor Peter Kofinas is an endowed Keystone Professor, a member of the of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, and the Clark School's Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Programs. He is also an affiliate professor of the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, as well as a recipient of a NSF CAREER Award. His research includes biomimetic recognition of viruses using molecularly imprinted polymers, protein and virus recognition using block copolymer patterns, self-assembled nanoarchitectures for flexible, high energy density supercapacitors and batteries, and functional nano-structured polymers.
301-405-0253 | kofinas@umd.edu | Web Site


RubloffMinta Martin Professor of Engineering Gary Rubloff is the Director of Maryland NanoCenter, an APS Fellow, an AVS Fellow, a member of the Maryland Biochip Collaborative, and an affiliate professor of the Graduate Program in Bioengineering. His research interests include Semiconductor materials and processes, control, semiconductor manufacturing, simulation, education and training, biomaterials and bioMEMS.
301-405-2949 | rubloff@umd.edu | Web Site


Salamanca-RibaProfessor Lourdes G.Salamanca-Riba is the Director of the Microscopy and Microanalysis Center. Her research interests include Structural studies of thin film semiconductor heterostructures and superlattices, superconductors and metallic multilayers, optical properties of materials.
301-405-5220 | riba@umd.edu | Homepage


SmelaProfessor Elisabeth Smela is a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and and an affiliate professor of the Graduate Program in Bioengineering. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a NSF CAREER Award, the E. Robert Kent Teaching Award, the DuPont Young Professor Award, the university's Office of Technology Commercialization's Outstanding Invention of 2004 award. Her research interests include the use of organic materials in microsystems, particularly polymer MEMS and bioMEMS.
301-405-5265 | smela@umd.edu | Web Site


TakeuchiProfessor Ichiro Takeuchi's research interests include applications of combinatorial synthesis and characterization methodology to electronic, magnetic and smart materials; fabrication and characterization of novel multilayer thin-film devices; and Variable temperature scanning probe microscopes. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a NSF CAREER Award.
301-405-6809 | takeuchi@umd.edu | Homepage


WuttigProfessor Manfred Wuttig is the Department of Materials Science and Engineering's Graduate Program Director. He research interests include smart materials and multiferroics.
301-405-5212 | wuttig@umd.edu | Homepage