Student Opportunities At The Texas Center For Superconductivity

TcSUH Student Opportunities

The Texas Center for Superconductivity conducts important multidisciplinary research in world-class facilities. Graduate and undergraduate students have opportunities to fully experience this environment in both formal and informal settings through:

  • Research in multidisciplinary laboratories and training on equipment in our Core Facilities;
  • Multidisciplinary advisory committees;
  • Participation in the monthly TcSUH Student Seminar Series and the juried Annual Student Symposium;
  • Weekly lab group meetings;
  • Participation in TcSUH, college, and departmental activities such as bi-weekly and monthly seminars, symposia, joint colloquia, Special Lecture series, weekly departmental seminars, Sigma Xi competitionsUH Research Day; membership in MRS and IEEE Student Chapters, and other activities;
  • TcSUH and other U. S. and international workshops, meetings and conferences;
  • Annual technical review of research programs; and
  • Opportunities to serve as guides, demonstration leaders and mentors at the TcSUH Open House, during research facility tours, and during elementary and secondary educational outreach programs.


Recruitment of talented graduate and undergraduate students the next generations of researchers is a high priority. Graduate and undergraduate student research is a vital component of the TcSUH research program. Efforts include:

  • Collaboration in graduate student recruitment efforts with the departments of chemistry, physics, computer science, and chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering (and the program in materials engineering);
  • Internships for talented high school senior students.
Application Process

Talented students who wish to apply to the TcSUH program should send an email to outlining their educational and research experience, area of research interest, and educational plans to the TcSUH Office of Public Affairs.

Students who wish to attend the University of Houston must register through the normal University of Houston application process. Online admission application forms, information on the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Cullen College of Engineering, and general requirements for U.S. and international students may be found on the University of Houston website.


Opportunities exist for undergraduate students to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team under the guidance of TcSUH faculty, researchers, and graduate students. Students make oral and written presentations of projects to TcSUH faculty, researchers, and graduate students through their participation in the semi-annual Student Symposia.

TcSUH students have co-authored papers, attended and presented at conferences and symposia, and some are co-inventors on patents. The large majority of TcSUH undergraduate research assistants enroll in graduate programs after receiving their undergraduate degrees. An average of 25-30 undergraduates participate in the TcSUH program each year.

Student Showcase


September 20, 2018: The TcSUH Fall Welcome & Open House for Potential Graduate Students was held to provide an occasion to meet TcSUH faculty and learn about opportunities for graduate research with TcSUH-affiliated advisors. Prof. Zhifeng Ren, TcSUH Director, welcomed attendees and outlined his plans for TcSUH operations and research for FY19. TcSUH principal investigators who gave brief overviews of research opportunities in their labs included Audrius Brazdeikis, Shuo Chen, C. W. Chu, W. K. Chu, James Meen (Student Training Opportunities in the Materials Characterization Facility), John H. Miller, Chin-Sen Ting, and Yan Yao.


October 8, 2018: A new seminar series for TcSUH-affiliated students and postdoctoral fellows was inaugurated on October 8. The series was established by students to provide a place for practicing talks, as well as for meeting students from disciplines other than their own. Dr. Fei Tian, postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Zhifeng Ren’s group in the physics department, presented his research on High Thermal Conductivity Boron Arsenide: from Prediction to Reality. Mr. Hanming Yuan, a Ph.D. student in Prof. Paul Chu’s group in the physics department, discussed his work on Thin Film Deposition and Characterization by Molecular Bean Epitaxy (MBE) – Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). Approximately 80 students attended.

Each seminar features talks from two to three TcSUH students and postdocs who are planning to attend upcoming conferences, workshops, or meetings. Each talk lasts for 20 or 30 minutes (including Q/A session) in an environment of peers that can help the speaker prepare for his or her future presentation. The seminars are held once a month, and refreshments are provided. The seminars are organized by committee of three student co-chairs. The first student organizing committee is comprised of Mr. Geethal Amila Gamage (3rd year, Physics), Ms. Yuan Zhang (4th year, Mechanical Engineering), and Mr. Hanming Yuan (5th year, Physics). Each will serve a one-year term. Mr. Yuan, who serves as the current chair, said “We feel this activity will benefit all students. For the speakers, it will be a great chance to practice their upcoming conference talks, get prepared for potential questions from the audience, and exercise their presentation skills. For the audience, this will broaden our knowledge, make us quickly learn the cutting-edge research projects being conducted at TcSUH, and improve our social skills.”

Students are encouraged to apply for the talks. Presenters with upcoming conferences and meetings will have priority status on the seminar schedule. Please send the following information to when applying:

  • Your name, degree program, and contact information;
  • the title and abstract of your talk;
  • the name and date of the upcoming conference (if applicable);
  • and your group/department affiliation.


TcSUH Scholarship Information

TcSUH offers scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students working with and/or advised by TcSUH faculty members. They are intended to promote TcSUH research programs in High Temperature Superconductivity (HTS) and related materials.

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