The University of Wisconsin-Madison has established the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM) ??? University of Wisconsin-Madison PREM Program. This proposal partners the universities of Puerto Rico-Mayag??ez (UPRM) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) to create richer educational and research opportunities for Hispanic students in Materials Science and Engineering and, thereby, increase their representation in the Materials community. It will also provide a strong research underpinning for the first Puerto Rican graduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering, which has been proposed at UPRM.