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School of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences

Extreme Science Internships (ESI)

About ESI

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ESI provides research opportunities for Morgan State University (MSU) students with the Materials Science in Extreme Environments University Research Alliance (MSEE URA), a basic research program focused on understanding and mitigating the effects of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Two types of research internships are available: Internal, hosted by MSU faculty and performed mostly at MSU; and external, hosted by and conducted at one of fifteen MSEE partner organizations (universities as well as national and industrial laboratories).

ESI research opportunities are focused on STEM fields and are open to both undergraduate and graduate MSU students in the School of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and the School of Engineering. These are paid internship opportunities which may include a student salary and travel reimbursement, depending on project location.

To learn more about MSEE and the ESI program, visit the MSEE website (


Program Benefits

  • Work on advanced research problems with real-world applications;
  • Collaborate with colleagues at major research institutions around the country;
  • Present your results at scientific meetings and conferences;
  • Expand their professional networks and further position students for future job opportunities;
  • Explore opportunities for graduate (master's and doctoral) degrees at MSEE universities.

Internal ESI (available throughout the year)

For internal ESI opportunities, please contact:
Professor Birol Ozturk at or (443) 885-5041

External ESI (summers) Visit the MSEE website: to learn about this program. Students will be matched with research mentors in one of the following areas, or a related area:

  • Data science and visualization;
  • Design of materials;
  • Mechanical behavior of materials;
  • Impact and shock physics;
  • Materials processing and manufacturing;
  • Chemistry at high temperature and pressure;
  • Materials characterization;
  • Laser-materials interactions;
  • Materials behavior at high pressure and temperature;
  • Blast physics and chemistry.

Possible locations for external ESI include:

  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD;
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL;
  • University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA;
  • University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA;
  • Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (must be a US Citizen, must have transportation);
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ;
  • Combustion Research and Flow Technology, Inc (CRAFT Tech), Pipersville, PA;
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA;
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (must be a US Citizen);
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ;
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (must be a US Citizen);
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, NY;
  • South Dakota Mines, Rapid City, SD;
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA;
  • Washington State University, Pullman, WA.