This National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University is a new educational paradigm for Data-Enabled Science and Engineering of Atomic Structure (SEAS) to address the demand for a new generation of interdisciplinary, data-driven scientists who can apply advanced statistical methods to atomic structure data generated from cutting-edge analytical and computational experiments.  

With large investments in our national scientific infrastructure at both federal laboratories and universities, a new and evolving generation of atomically sensitive instruments has opened new opportunities for next-generation science. Parallel to these developments in measurement sciences, great strides have been made in computational materials science, which are providing unprecedented opportunities for predictive materials design. The SEAS effort is a new graduate-training model, responding to the emergence and rapid growth of this critical interdisciplinary research at the interface of materials and data science, aligning with the NSF Strategic Plan and contributing directly and indirectly to the national Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), a multi-agency initiative spearheaded by the White House that advances the U.S. economy by enabling faster deployment of new materials.

SEAS promotes and enhances diversity within the traineeship and larger professional community. An integral part of the traineeship is our Bridge-to-PhD program  in partnership with North Carolina Central University, which aims at better preparing students to succeed in research-intensive PhD programs.

North Carolina Central University Bridge-to-PhD

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) – North Carolina State University (NC State) Bridge to the PhD is designed to increase the quantity and quality of students
from underserved populations who complete doctoral degrees in the physical sciences,
engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

Trainees are prepared for doctoral degrees in a structured and supportive environment
of faculty and graduate students at NCCU and NC State through a two-year master’s
degree curriculum comprised of relevant coursework, scientific research, and
professional development workshops. Trainees have opportunities to enhance their
academic achievement, build research skills, develop a network of peers and professionals in academia, industry, and national labs across the two campuses and in the broader scientific community, integrate into a research community, acclimate to doctoral culture and expectations, and increase their awareness of career opportunities. Upon completion of the Bridge-to-PhD program, trainees will be prepared to achieve doctorate degrees at NC State or other peer institutions.

Participation Benefits