Extreme Science Internships (ESI)

ESI provides opportunities for Morgan State University (MSU) students to participate in both internal and external internships associated with the Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE). ESI are STEM-focused with a particular emphasis on providing research opportunities related to MEDE, a basic research program focused on designing, developing and testing improved soldier protection materials. ESI is open to undergraduate and graduate students in MSU's School of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and the School of Engineering. Internal ESI are hosted by MSU faculty. External ESI are conducted at one of the 15 CMEDE university and research institutions located across nine states, the United Kingdom and Germany. Visit the CMEDE website: https://hemi.jhu.edu/cmede/ to learn about the program. ESI are paid internship opportunities which a student salary and possible travel reimbursement, depending on location.

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Program Benefits

  • Opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students to gain a research experience, and to present the findings of their research;
  • Opportunities for students to meet colleagues at majority institutions to develop research collaborations;
  • Engage representatives from majority academic institutions to explore opportunities to pursue graduate degrees; and
  • Expand their professional networks and further position students for future job opportunities.Internal ESI (available throughout the year)

Internal ESI (available throughout the year)

For internal ESI opportunities, please contact:
Professor Birol Ozturk at Birol.Ozturk@morgan.edu or (443) 885-5041
Professor Kadir Aslan at Kadir.Aslan@morgan.edu or (443) 884-2242

External ESI (summer timeframe)Visit the CMEDE website: https://hemi.jhu.edu/cmede/ to learn about the program.

Possible locations for external ESI include:

  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD;
  • Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (must have transportation);
  • Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD (must have transportation);
  • Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ;
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE;
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA;
  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA;
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN;
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX;
  • New Mexico Institute of Technology, Socorro, NM;
  • North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC;
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC;
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD (must have transportation);
  • Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX;
  • Ernst Mach Institute, Freiburg, Germany.


For external ESI, students will be matched with faculty members and/or scientists who having common research interests. These faculty members and/or scientists will provide guidance on the research project. General areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Computational Mechanics; 
  • Computational Sciences; 
  • Data science, visualization and data mining; 
  • Materials science and engineering;
  • Materials by Design;
  • Quantum Materials; 
  • Mechanics of materials; 
  • Structures under extreme loading; 
  • Molecular dynamics and atomistic simulations; 
  • Lightweight metals for vehicles; 
  • Impact science; 
  • High energy density physics; 
  • Design of interactive computing environments; 
  • Polymers for extreme environments; 
  • Design of extremely strong fibers; 
  • Development of advanced ceramics; 
  • Composite materials for impact application; 
  • Topology optimization for composites; 
  • Multiscale materials research; 
  • Measurements at sub-microsecond timescale; 
  • In situ measurement technologies ;
  • Advanced manufacturing processes; 
  • Uncertainty quantification.


Johns Hopkins University is particularly interested in students desiring to conduct summer the Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials (PARADIM). PARADIM is a National Science Foundation funded Materials Innovation Platform that seeks to create new interface materials with designed properties using world unique equipment that could transform next generation electronics. For more information, visit: https://paradim.jhu.edu/index.php