All Facilities Open for Users

Education & Outreach

PARADIM Education and Outreach programs


PARADIM isn't just about research, it is also about education at many levels. Our education programs  are designed to create a new generation of researchers; a community of practitioners who take a team-based approach to materials discovery. Outreach programs include:

  1. Research Experience for Undergraduates (10-week annual summer program)

  2. PARADIM Professional Summer Schools (1-week school, topics related to facilities, 2 per year - Cornell site and Johns Hopkins site)

  3. Kavli-PARADIM Summer Sabbatical Fellowship Program

  4. User Community Events


1. Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

For undergraduates, our 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program provides an introductory research experience in the growth and/or structural/electrical characterization of transition metal oxides or chalcogenide thin films currently being researched as next generation electronic materials. PARADIM REU interns work in the PARADIM labs alongside our technical staff.  Projects are scaled to be challenging yet achievable within the program time frame.

PARADIM accepts 14 undergraduates from across the country to spend their summer on the campus of Cornell or Johns Hopkins doing cutting edge research or design projects in a national Materials Innovation Platform (MIP).  Students are supplied campus housing, travel expenses and a stipend.

Learn more

Cornell program

Johns Hopkins Program


2. Summer Schools (Professional training) programs

JHU ss Elbert

For graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and research professionals, we offer one-week summer schools during which participants are immersed in a seminar and hands-on workshop environment to learn the following techniques:

  • Bulk crystal growth school at Johns Hopkins University (annually)  
  • Microscopy, theory, and thin film growth are topics that rotate annually for the Cornell University Summer School
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration - given the team-based nature of the materials-by-design approach, each summer school will also include content focused on strengthening researchers' team and communication skills

Learn more:  Summer Schools


3. Kavli-PARADIM Summer Sabbatical Fellowship Program

Michael Wiliams

PARADIM invites faculty and researchers from underrepresented groups in STEM fields for an immersive experience in materials discovery at the Platform. The Kavli-PARADIM Fellowship enables extensive visits of faculty and their students to PARADIM sites to perform research in PARADIM User Facilities and to make lasting connections with PARADIM faculty, scientists, and graduate students.

The program’s specific goal is to engage participants from underrepresented minorities (URM), URM-serving institutions, HBCUs and non-PWIs, and to foster and strengthen their connection to PARADIM. In addition to longer full summer and sabbatical visits, this program will also bring faculty to Cornell for short research visits (2–4-week period) to learn details of the PARADIM facilities and develop their research project, which will be externally reviewed.

More information on Kavli-PARADIM Sabbatical


4. User Community events

MIP forum

Each year, PARADIM host events that support the work of our community of practitioners and potential community members.  These events focus on sharing user successes, updating users on platform capabilities  and serving as a forum for user feedback and discussion.

Past events:

2022 User meeting at MRS conference November 30, 2022

2022 Fall MRS: NSF-DMR-Materials Innovation Platform Forum with 2DCC and PARADIM  November 30, 2022

2021 NSF-DMR-Materials Innovation Platform Forum

2020 PARADIM User Meeting (Remote)

 2019 PARADIM User Meeting @ MRS

PARADIM User Meeting @ MRS 2018 
DMR2D @ MRS 2018

NSF 2D Materials Data Framework Training Workshop 2018