Outreach

1. Student-Faculty Research Partnership for Undergraduates

Our laboratory provides vibrant polymer research experiences for undergraduates. If you are interested in carrying out independent research on Bioinspired Macromolecular Materials, please contact with Prof. Lin at yao.lin@uconn.edu. Financial supports may be available during the summer.

2. UConn SECRET (School of Exploratory Chemistry Research Experience & Training) for High School Students

With the other faculty in Chemistry Department, we have been carrying out SECRET for many years. It has been great experiences for everyone. If you are a high school student who wants to spend a week in summer doing some really cool experiments in chemistry and materials, click here to apply.

3. International Polymer Network

We are interested in developing international polymer research and education network with the other universities. In June 2011, Prof. Lin and four other professors in Polymer Program visited China and had symposiums with the faculty and students in Fudan University and in Zhejiang University. In Januray 2012, Prof. Lin and two other professors in Chemistry visited China and had symposiums with faculty and students in Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University. In 2013, UCONN officially established the student exchanges programs with Chemistry Departments at Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University. In 2014, Lin taught a summer course on macromolecules and supramolecules at Fudan. In 2016, the student exchange program with Fudan University is renewed, and expands into students in other majors. We expect more faculty and student exchanges in the future.

4. Public Lectures Series

Are you interested in polymeric nanomaterials? Do you have concerns over nanomaterials? By partnering with John Hokins Center for Talented Youth, We have organized a STEM workshop of "Chemical Approaches to Nanomaterials" on March 16, 2014. 97 middle/high school students and parents from 10 different home states attended the one-day workshop. Working with six faculty and more than 20 graduate students, the students and their parents learned about fundamental concepts in nanochemistry and nanomaterilas through a combination of liverly, short talks and participation in hands-on activites in state-of-the-art facility. The workshop was a great success and we plan to do it again in the future. Please let us know the specific topics you are interested. Send your suggestions to Prof. Lin at yao.lin@uconn.edu.