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The UCLA Materials Creation Training Program (MCTP) enables trainees to master a specific discipline, while being immersed in the collaborative scientific cultures characteristic of careers of the future, as emphasized in the National Nanotechnology Initiative goals.  Supported by the MCTP in their second and third years, graduate students from sciences and engineering are trained in all aspects of the design, synthesis, and characterization of novel molecules and assemblies, and in the fabrication, characterization and marketing of devices based on these materials, including biosensors and biomaterials.   The MCTP engages graduate students and faculty from Bioengineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics, and the Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical and Aerospace, and Materials Science Engineering departments at UCLA. The trainees experience training in cross-disciplinary laboratories, classes and seminars in addition to their disciplinary graduate training and research.

The UCLA Materials Creation Training Program (MCTP) was launched in the Fall of 2001, with support from a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Traineeship (NSF-IGERT) award.  The MCTP received a second IGERT award in 2007.

Program Goals

Program Components

Trainee Selection

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Program Flyer


National IGERT Recruitment Site