Materials Science Graduate Certificate Program

This program was funded by NSF EES 2106181.
PI: Zhiping Luo (FSU).
Co-PIs: Bhoj Gautam (FSU), Shubo Han (FSU), Shaik Zainuddin (Tuskegee University).


The Materials Science Graduate Certificate offers an in-depth understanding of the structure, properties, processing, and applications of materials and helps develop research skills for undergraduates preparing for graduate school to pursue a degree in materials science or equivalent or career development in science and technology. Materials science is an interdisciplinary subject covering materials physics, materials chemistry, manufacturing, biomaterials, and computational materials. It is the foundation of modern science and technology globally and predominately influences the manufacturing industry, one of the world’s largest economies. Students completing this certificate program develop analytical and critical thinking, experimental design and execution, problem-solving, effective communication and presentation, collaboration and teamwork, and project management skills in materials science and technology. 

1. Materials Science Graduate Certificate Curriculum

Applicants for the Materials Science Graduate Certificate should hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (or equivalent) with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or have completed the requirements for the Materials Science Minor Program at Fayetteville State University. The certificate requires 12 credit hours.

Certificate Requirements

  • MATS 510 (3-2-2) Materials Science
  • MATS 520 (3-2-2) Biomaterials Science
  • MATS 530 (3-2-2) Polymer Science
  • MATS 590 (3-0-6) Materials Science Capstone

Total Credit Hours: 12.

2. Scholarship

  1. Students will receive a scholarship of $1,000/mon for summer research.
  2. Students will travel to Tuskegee University for on-site collaborative research.


3. Activities

August 14 to 18, 2023: FSU undergraduates Antonio Garcia, Angelina Locke, Thomas Murray, and postdoc Dr. Navadeep Shrivastava visited TU for on-site collaborative research.

July 4 to 9, 2022: FSU undergraduates Starfari McClain and Thomas Murray and postdoc Dr. Navadeep Shrivastava visited TU for on-site collaborative research.

July 6, 2022: FSU postdoc Dr. Navadeep Shrivastava delivered a seminar at TU, entitled “Development of Luminescence Nanomaterials & Application Radiation Detection”.

June 1 to July 24, 2022: FSU undergraduate Tamela Moore attended REU research summer internship at Tuskegee University.