Microfluidics Course, Summer 2018

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Introduction to Microfluidics Technology

Brandeis MRSEC Summer Course
June 25-29, 2018, Abelson 229, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

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Registration for our annual, one-week summer course, “Introduction to Microfluidics Technology” at Brandeis University, near Boston, MA, is now open.

Introduction to Microfluidics Technology is a hands-on laboratory course sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Bioinspired Soft Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Brandeis. It will be offered during the week of June 25 - 29, 2018. The course is intended for graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and industrial scientists/engineers interested in utilizing microfluidic technology in their work, both in the physical and life sciences.

This course will introduce participants to microfabrication technologies available for building microfluidic devices. Over five sessions, we will emphasize hands-on and independent experimentation on microfluidic systems. We will motivate the design of devices by covering basics of laminar flow, surface tension, wetting phenomena, and molecular diffusion.

By the end of the course, students will be able to apply their knowledge to design and build microfluidic devices for their own research projects. All attendees will have individual consultations with experts in the field and leave with a prototype device of their own design. Participants are expected to possess a background in quantitative science. Experience working in a chemistry wet lab is preferable but not essential. Workshop details can be found in the course syllabus.

Application Instructions

A $900 fee covers course tuition, housing in double-occupancy rooms, and breakfast/lunch/coffee from Monday through Friday. Single rooms are not available. Local students who do not need housing will pay a reduced fee of $700.

Registration closes March 31, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and suitable students will be admitted as selected throughout the months of March and April. Further information for those admitted will be provided. If you have questions before applying, please email Mike Norton (mmnorton@brandeis.edu).

To apply, please email Mike Norton (mmnorton@brandeis.edu) by March 31, 2018, with all of following materials attached in one email. Please write “MRSEC Summer Course Application” in the subject line.

  • Name and gender (for housing)
  • Housing needs (option 1: shared occupancy room, option 2: no-housing needed)
  • Current CV
  • Field of research
  • Research advisor name (if applicable)
  • A short paragraph explaining how your research work will benefit from this course including how you wish to use microfluidics in the future.
  • A short paragraph describing your expectations of the course including what knowledge and devices you hope to take home with you
  • In addition, if you are a student or postdoctoral fellows, please have your research advisor write an email in support of your application from his/her university account. This email need only state that she/he approves of your attendance.

Payment Information

To pay by check, please make it payable to and mail to: Brandeis University, Attn: Physics Department MS 057, 415 South St Waltham, MA 02453.

To pay by credit card, use https://bran-internet.choicecrm.net/templates/BRAN/?cts_legacy_app and select either MRSEC Summer: Microfluidics - with housing ($900) or MRSEC Summer: Microfluidics - no housing ($700).