MRL Announces New PPG-MRL Graduate Research Award Program

MRL Announces New PPG-MRL Graduate Research Award Program

The Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce a recent gift of $50,000 from the PPG Foundation.

This gift will be used to fund a new PPG-MRL Graduate Research Award program focused on supporting doctoral-level students conducting research related to coatings science. Targeted areas include materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, and related areas of study.

PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. By investing in educational opportunities, the company and foundation help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing.

“This gift will provide an opportunity for our graduate students to propose and pursue cutting-edge research broadly related to the areas of interest of PPG,” MRL Director Paul Braun said. “We are very thankful to the PPG Foundation for providing this gift to the MRL, and it is our intent to use this gift to both advance the studies of our graduate students and to help catalyze a deep and productive relationship between PPG and the MRL.”

The application process for the PPG-MRL Graduate Research Award program will be announced soon.


The Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) originated in 1963 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during a time of great scientific advancement. Since its inception, MRL has fostered interdisciplinary research at the forefront of materials science, bringing together world-class faculty and students in condensed matter physics, materials chemistry, and materials science in a highly collaborative research environment. Stay in touch with MRL on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and news.  


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