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Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology

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Graduate Opportunities

Graduate students working at LASST are enrolled in the Departments of Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, or Chemical & Biological Engineering where they fulfill the academic requirements within that department. However, they perform their research together using LASST facilities.  Many interdisciplinary opportunities involve joint supervision by faculty from different disciplines. An Individualized Ph.D. Program in an interdisciplinary field is also possible. Information about applying to the graduate program is available through the Graduate School or by contacting individual academic departments.

Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships

Students receive a stipend and tuition waiver to carry out graduate research. Support comes in the form of Research Assistantships from external research grants awarded to LASST, Teaching Assistantships in individual departments, Research Fellowships from the University of Maine, and other sources. Some LASST students are supported and actively engaged in interdisciplinary traineeships through the NSF-GK12 Sensors! Program, the NSF-IGERT Sensor Science Engineering & Informatics Program, or the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Perspective students are encouraged to contact the LASST Director or individual faculty members to find out more about these opportunities.

Specialized Courses

Faculty associated with LASST teach specialized courses in physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, vacuum science and technology, thin film technology, materials analysis techniques, adsorption and catalysis, microsensor design and fabrication, bioengineering, MEMS/NEMS, microelectronic devices, as well as traditional foundation courses in their home departments. Specialized seminars and mini-courses are presented by visiting scholars from around the world, and many students have the opportunity to work with scientists from other university, government, and industrial laboratories through collaborative research projects with LASST personnel.


Maine is a great place to live. In addition to becoming a member of a stimulating scientific community, students can enjoy excellent outdoor and cultural activities. Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, and other nearby areas are ideal for hiking, camping, climbing, sailing, and skiing. The Collins Center for the Arts draws music, dance and theater groups from around the world. The University is located in the town of Orono, Maine, which is ten miles north of Bangor, Maine the third largest city in Maine.

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Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology
5708 Engineering Science Research Building - Barrows Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5708
Phone: (207) 581-2254 | Fax: (207) 581-2255
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469