Master’s Internship Program

Launch your career. Help change the world.

Introducing the Class of 2021!

Apply: Application for Fall 2021 (Class of 2022)   Preparatory Materials  Housing

Electrochemistry underlies technologies critical to avert the worst effects of climate change. Get the knowledge and training needed to help address the world’s biggest challenges! Chemistry, physics, engineering are all appropriate backgrounds – each brings unique complementary skill sets.

Requirements: Passion for team-driven science and technology development in the area of applied electrochemistry. BS/BA in Chemistry/Biochemistry, Physics, Engineering, or related discipline (other majors, such as computer science or mathematics, could be appropriate, please discuss special situations with our team).  Good academic record (please discuss with us for specifics, we look at your entire record, not just GPA). Research experience beneficial, but not required. GRE scores are not required.

International Students: Because the MS program includes an industry internship component, and we are initially targeting partnerships with US-based companies, students will typically be US Citizens or permanent residents. We are also happy to work with strong international students to help them find internships and launch careers in the US or globally as part of this program.  There are also opportunities for students to perform internships in academic research environments, complemented with additional graduate-level chemistry/materials-science coursework.


 

Background. The University of Oregon pioneered the development of internship-based MS programs starting in 1998.  The goal of these programs is to provide real-world knowledge, skills, and experience that allows students to excel landing position, launching their professional career and working in industrial research laboratories. Beginning in the Fall of 2020 the Oregon Center for Electrochemistry is launching a new MS internship program in Electrochemical Technology.

Other existing internship-based MS programs include those housed in the Knight Campus (semiconductors, optics, polymers, bioinformatics and sensors) and the Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (advanced materials characterization and analysis). These programs have exceptionally high rates of internship and job placement.

Program Overview: Starting in Fall 2020 the Oregon Center for Electrochemistry is launching a new immersive graduate program focused on training chemists, engineers, and physicists for careers in Electrochemical Technologies based on this educational model. Core program consists of 6-months of accelerated coursework (included foundational theory, and team-based applied laboratory work) and professional development (leadership, project management, interview skills, team integration) coupled with a 9-month paid internship in industry or national laboratory. The internships placements can be anywhere in the world, although we currently focusing on US-based partners. Information on industry and national laboratory partners is here.

The goal is for students to leave the 15-month program with minimal to no debt from their MS studies, an exciting job, and the foundation for a successful long-term career. Students who complete the MS program can also return to earn their PhD on an accelerated timeline, depending on career goals, with all the MS coursework satisfying the PhD coursework requirements in Chemistry.

Science and engineering undergraduates receive essentially no training in electrochemical science and technology despite its critical importance in clean-energy conversion/storage technologies, semiconductor-device fabrication, bio-electronics interfaces,  and materials/chemical production.  The prevention of corrosion relies on controlling electrochemical processes. Electroplating is used broadly in industries to conformally coat objects and to purify/isolate metals. Battery, super-capacitor, electrolysis, and fuel cell energy storage/conversion technologies all rely on electrochemical science and engineering. Electrochemical sensors are routinely used in biomedical applications, with the most prominent example being the glucose sensor used by diabetics. Electrochemistry is increasingly being applied in organic synthesis in an effort to eliminate the use of highly reactive, dangerous, and expensive reagents. Electrochemical devices are used to measure and probe signals in neuroscience. There is need in established industries for competent scientists and engineers in the area of electrochemical technology.

The Oregon Center for Electrochemistry’s masters-level internship program attracts chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering students and provide nationally unique training including rigorous foundational electrochemical theory, team- and inquiry-based laboratory work, numerical simulation and engineering of electrochemical systems, and experience tackling industry-sponsored, team research projects. Concepts in data analysis and statistical design of experiments (e.g. MatLab, Python, JMP) are incorporated throughout the coursework. Electrochemical content is coupled with professional and communication skills development, as well as elective coursework focused on target career areas (materials science, bio-medicine, energy, etc.).  After 6 months of accelerated immersion coursework and a 9 month industry internship, graduates are ideal “T-shaped” employees that can tackle complex challenges facing engineered electrochemical systems using rigorous experiments, efficient data analytics, and computer models, while optimally working in team environments. Such graduates provide substantial value to industry as employees compared to the existing candidates who generally have little or incomplete training in electrochemical science and are often not adept at using modern experimental design, data analytics and computation tools.

Coursework Outline

Fall Winter Spring Summer Fall
Advanced Electrochemistry (4 cr.)

Electrochemistry Laboratory (2 cr.)

Electrochemical Simulations (2 cr.)

Elective Graduate Level Course in Chemistry, Physics, or Biology. (4 cr.)

Professional Development (1 cr.)

Electrochemical Engineering (4 cr.)

Electrochemical Device Laboratory (4 cr.)

Electrochemical Projects Laboratory(4 cr.)

OR

Elective Graduate Level Course in Chemistry, Physics, or Biology. (4 cr.)

Paid Internship (10 cr.)

Internship report.

Site or video conference visit.

 

Paid Internship (10 cr.)

Internship report.

Site or video conference visit.

 

Paid Internship (10 cr.)

Internship report.

Site or video conference visit.

 

Course Descriptions

  • Fall Term. Advanced electrochemistry (CH554, 4 credits).  The course covers the fundamentals of electrochemistry and uses the classic text of Bard and Faulkner. Electrochemistry is a field of science that describes the interrelation of chemical and electrical effects. Much of the field deals with describing how chemical changes are caused by the passage of electrical current or how the production of electrical current can be caused by chemical reactions. Electrochemists rely on a foundational understanding of thermodynamics, electron transfer kinetics, and mass transport phenomena – each of which are treated in this course in the context of understanding electrochemical phenomena. The theoretical aspects of impedance analysis, corrosion, and electroplating will also be introduced and electrochemical simulation is used to explore advanced systems. Feedback from industry partners drive curriculum changes.
  • Fall Term. Electrochemistry Laboratory (2 credits). This course focuses on typical three-electrode electrochemical experiments and laboratory techniques that form the basis for analytical electrochemistry and for building the basic electrochemistry knowledge and intuition with respect to thermodynamics, kinetics, and mass transport. Laboratory modules focus on voltammetry, electrochemical synthesis via bulk electrolysis, electrodeposition, corrosion analysis, and impedance analysis. Feedback from industry partners drives curriculum changes. Concepts in statistical experimental design, data collection and data analysis are emphasized using common software packages (Python, Matlab, JMP, etc.).
  • Fall Term. Electrochemical Simulations (2 credits). Modern finite element simulation software is widely used in engineering to predict system performance/properties. Students will use industry standard software, COMSOL, to simulate basic electrochemical cells and devices. This will provide students a technical advantage in the workforce.
  • Winter Term. Electrochemical Engineering (4 credits). This course examines the operational and engineering principles of electrochemical energy storage devices (batteries and capacitors), energy conversion devices (fuel cells, electrolyzers), corrosion, electrodeposition, and electrochemical sensors. The emphasis is on materials and device design based on fundamental chemistry and physics concepts that govern the properties and performance of the materials/devices involved. Specific systems of study will include electrode and electrolyte materials for primary (non-rechargeable) and secondary (rechargeable) batteries including lithium ion batteries, electrochemical capacitors, proton exchange membrane fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, alloy electrocatalysts, mixed ionic-electric conductors, and biosensor development. Feedback from industry partners  drives curriculum changes.
  • Winter Term. Electrochemical Device Laboratory (4 credits). Students work in teams to build a battery, balanced battery pack, electrolyzer, fuel cell, and biosensor device and test their performance and response compared to theory and modelling, applying experimental design and statistical analysis methods. Feedback industry partners drives curriculum changes.
  • Winter Term. Electrochemistry Projects Laboratory (4 credits). This course requires students to work in teams and solve open-ended research and development projects in electrochemistry. The research and development projects for the course come from industry partners and academic research laboratories. The output will be a formal report to the industry sponsor or academic publication coauthored by the students. Students have extensive access to state of the art materials fabrication and characterization equipment (http://camcor.uoregon.edu/) in addition to modern electrochemical instrumentation.

The anticipated tuition rate is $555/credit for all students (in-state and out-of-state are the same). Tuition is charged for the paid internship portion of the program in addition to the coursework portion. Students will also be assessed standard university fees.

For information about conventional financial aid, please contact the financial aid office at http://financialaid.uoregon.edu or 1-800-760-6953 / 541-346-3221.

Scholarships may become available for outstanding students, as well as unique tuition payment options. Contact contact Prof. Boettcher: swb@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2543 to discuss our efforts in this area.

Regardless of your financial situation, if you are a qualified student we will do our best to work with you to make this program financially feasible in the short term and to help you launch a meaningful and rewarding career!

Est. Program Cost Credits Tuition (@$555/cr) Fees Total
Fall 1 13 $7,215 $1,190 $8,405
Winter 12 $6,660 $760 $7,420
Spring 10 $5,550 $458 $6,008
Summer 10 $5,550 $313 $5,863
Fall 2 10 $5,550 $608 $6,158
Total 55 $30,525 $3,329 $33,854

The academic schedule for the University of Oregon is listed here: https://registrar.uoregon.edu/calendars/academic/five-year