header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail


Today in
S.C.V. History
March 4
1940 - NYC premiere of "The Marines Fly High" starring Lucille Ball, filmed in Placerita Canyon [story] Marines Fly High

CSUN Receives Nearly $4 Million Grant from National Science Foundation
CSUN has received a $3.81 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of minority students who study materials science. Photo by Lee Choo.


The field of materials science — the research and discovery of new materials, particularly solids — incorporates elements of physics, chemistry and engineering. Researchers study not only how a material is created, but are often at the forefront of creating new and complex materials, from nanotechnology to biomaterials and metallurgy.

California State University, Northridge has received a six-year, $3.81 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue support of a partnership between the university and Princeton University’s Center for Complex Materials. The partnership provides opportunities for minority CSUN students to work alongside scientists at Princeton and CSUN as they conduct research in the field of quantum materials.

“One of the benefits of a grant like this is the opportunity it offers our students to work with some of the leading researchers in the field,” said physics professor Gang Lu, who has headed the project since 2012 with the help of an NSF Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) grant. The new monies are a continuation of that initial award.

“Our students, especially undergraduates, are doing important research in the field of quantum materials, and their work has been published, — and will continue to be published — in some of the leading scientific journals,” Lu said. “We, as scientists, also benefit. Hopefully, we are fostering and encouraging a new generation of researchers interested in entering the fields.

“The greater diversity of people in the field, the greater diversity of questions, ideas and perspectives there are only makes the research better,” he said.

The CSUN and Princeton project focuses on such fundamental challenges as the energetics and dynamics of excited states in quantum materials. Research on quantum materials brings together scientists working on a variety of problems at the frontiers of physics, materials science and engineering. The properties of these systems are uniquely defined by quantum mechanical effects that remain manifest at high temperatures and macroscopic length scales.

Quantum materials have unusual magnetic and electrical properties that, if understood and controlled, could revolutionize virtually every aspect of society and enable highly efficient energy electrical systems and faster, more precise electronic devices. Quantum materials include systems based on metals, semiconductors, oxides and organics that have a range of potential applications including semiconductors, sensors, low-power memory modules, high-density storage devices and quantum computers. Quantum materials also are important components of the infrastructure for energy-related technologies.

“We’re talking about some serious, cutting-edge research that our students get to take part in,” Lu said.
Lu said that since the partnership started 12 years ago, a large cohort of CSUN students have taken part in the project, which includes sending five to six students to Princeton each summer to do research. During the school year, there are ample research opportunities at CSUN, as well as workshops and symposiums. There also are outreach efforts to local high schools to encourage students to consider going into the field.

“If we want the United States to continue to be a leader in the world in materials research, then we need to ensure that the pipeline to graduate school and post-doctoral research has the bodies it needs, particularly when it comes to women and minorities,” he said.

One of the highlights of the project is the interaction between the CSUN undergraduates and the Princeton graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, Lu said.

“Not only are they doing research together, there are numerous opportunities for the CSUN students to be inspired and to ask questions — questions about what it’s like to go to graduate school, possible career paths and things like that,” he said. “So many of our students are first-generation college students. While they can ask us, their professors, those questions, it can have so much more impact when the answers come from another student who appreciates what they are going through.”

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.


You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment

Friday, Mar 1, 2024
California Institute of the Arts alum and School of Film/Video special faculty Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias (Film/Video MFA 14) won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2024 Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) on Feb. 24 for his feature film, "Pepe."
Friday, Mar 1, 2024
Applications are now available for California Credit Union’s Summer Internship Program for local high school seniors and college students.
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024
California State University, Northridge has launched the first disability studies minor in the CSU system, with the first students being admitted to the program in fall 2024.
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024
In an effort to help students navigate the new 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application form, College of the Canyons will be hosting four upcoming pop-up workshops.   
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024
The Master’s University released its spring 2024 magazine on Tuesday.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1940 - NYC premiere of "The Marines Fly High" starring Lucille Ball, filmed in Placerita Canyon [story] Marines Fly High
1882 - George Campton's Newhall general store explodes [story]
general store
1938 - Great Flood of 1938 causes massive destruction and death across the greater Los Angeles region [story]
A strong fourth quarter turned a close game into The Master's University favor as the women's basketball team defeated the Hope International Royals 75-61 Thursday night in the first round of the GSAC Championship Tournament being played in Atherton, Calif.
Lady Mustangs Move on to GSAC Tourney Semis
The city of Santa Clarita is inviting artists to submit artwork to be considered for upcoming exhibitions.
City Seeking Artists, Artwork for Upcoming Exhibitions
MONTEREY PARK — No. 20 College of the Canyons suffered a 93-78 loss at No. 13 East L.A. College in the opening round of the 3C2A Southern California Regional Playoffs on Wednesday to see its season come to a close.
Season Ends for Lady Cougs Basketball
Eccentric relatives, love, mystery, family secrets and maybe even murder.
Mayor Cameron Smyth | “The Woman in the Castello”
VENTURA — College of the Canyons bounced back into the win column in a big way with a shortened 16-1 road victory at Ventura College on Tuesday, snapping a four-game losing streak in the process.
Lady Cougs Snap Four-Game Losing Streak
The Santa Clarita City Council will hold a study session Wednesday, March 6, at 5 p.m., to discuss the proposed Sunridge development by Urban West, which would be located at the site commonly known as the Whittaker-Bermite property.
6,550 New Homes Planned for Center of City
California Institute of the Arts alum and School of Film/Video special faculty Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias (Film/Video MFA 14) won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2024 Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) on Feb. 24 for his feature film, "Pepe."
CalArts Alum Wins Silver Bear Best Director at Berlin Film Festival
Applications are now available for California Credit Union’s Summer Internship Program for local high school seniors and college students.
Applications Now Available for CA Credit Union’s Summer Internship
The William S. Hart Union High School District will host its annual Honor Band Concert Saturday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m., at the Hart High School Auditorium.
March 2: Annual Hart District Honor Band Concert
Light snow fell Thursday as state workers began the third snow survey of the season.
Upcoming Storm Could Boost California Snowpack Above Normal
1990 - President George H.W. Bush and Sheriff Sherman Block dedicate new North County Correctional Facility in Castaic [story]
ribbon cutting
The Master's University announced Kaleb Lowery was named co-Player of the Year in the conference and Ty Harper was named All-Golden State Athletic Conference in men's basketball for the 2023-24 season.
TMU’s Lowery Earns Co-Player of the Year; Harper Named All-GSAC
College of the Canyons student-athletes Aaliyah Garcia (women's basketball) and Jerome Hughes (men's track & field) have been named the COC Athletic Department's Women's & Men's Student-Athletes of the Week for the period running Feb. 19-24.
COC Names Aaliyah Garcia, Jerome Hughes Athletes of the Week
SCV Water invites the community to learn more about the Agency’s 5-year Strategic Plan through a special virtual presentation on Monday, March 25, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
March 25: SCV Water Five-Year Strategic Plan Webinar
Rancho Pico and Rio Norte Junior High schools were named among the 293 middle and high schools that have been selected for the prestigious 2024 California Distinguished Schools Program, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Thursday.
Rancho Pico, Rio Norte Named Among California Distinguished Schools
Santa Clarita Symphony Orchestra is preparing for an outstanding year in 2024.
Santa Clarita Symphony Orchestra Announces New Venue, Performances
The Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station Off-Highway Vehicle Team was created nearly 20 years ago to help address off-highway vehicle violations.
Public Encouraged to Comment, Review Off-Highway Vehicle Grant
As we travel onward into 2024, our City continues to remain resilient and steadfast in its commitment to meeting our residents’ needs and preserving our exceptional quality of life.
Marsha McLean | Santa Clarita’s Reliable Transit Alternatives
This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose Fifth District includes the Santa Clarita Valley, and co-authored by Supervisor  Lindsey P. Horvath that mobilizes the County’s advocacy on behalf of homeowners who are struggling to get or keep their insurance coverage due to wildfire threat. 
Supes Seek Investigation of Home Insurance Providers’ Policies
SCV Water was recently awarded a $2 million grant under the Bureau of Reclamation’s FY 2023 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program.
SCV Water’s New $2M Grant to Support Conservation Programs
The California Department of Transportation has scheduled lane closures on the northbound and southbound State Route 14 between Technology Drive in Palmdale and Avenue A in Lancaster, closing up to three lanes.
Caltrans Announces Another Round of SR-14 Lane Closures