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PREM Collaboration yields scientific and educational results

A collaboration between PREM partners, Michael Bockstaller (CMU) and Rufina Alamo (FAMU) had great outcomes for both science and education. A student from Alamos's group at FAMU, Robert Smith, joined Bockstaller's group during the summer to study the effect of selective chlorine substitution on the crystallization of polyethylene. Scientifically, the collaboration resulted in two publications co-authored by Smith, Bockstaller, Alamo, and others (see figures below). Educationally, Smith's exposure to graduate research at CMU led him to apply for graduate school at CMU and elsewhere. This year, Smith enrolled in the doctoral program at CMU. This is an example of how collaborations between Centers and minority serving institutions can help increase the diversity of the Center institution.

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