CEM Faculty Member Awarded OSU’s Distinguished Scholar Award

Nandini Trivedi, professor of physics and co-leader of CEM’s IRG-1, has been awarded Picture of Professor Nandini TrivediThe Ohio State University’s prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award. The Award annually honors six faculty members who demonstrate exceptional scholarly activity, research or creative work in their respective fields.

Professor Trivedi is an expert in quantum matter, specifically condensed matter physics and ultracold atoms. Her research in IRG-1 is based on investigating the novel phases and phenomena of spin-orbit coupling in correlated materials.

Professor Trivedi is also actively involved in CEM’s outreach activities. She is the founder and program director of our Scientific Thinkers program, a partnership between CEM and Columbus City Schools to develop and teach inquiry-based science lessons to first through fifth-grade students.

Recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award receive a $20,000 research grant and $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity, supported by the Office of Research.

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Call for IRG Proposals for MRSEC Renewal

The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), an NSF MRSEC, is requesting proposals (see RFP) for Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) to participate in its proposal to renew its funding as a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).  Interested teams are encouraged to read the 2019 NSF request for proposals and visit MRSEC.org to familiarize themselves with the range and characteristics of successful IRGs. 

CEM Poster Session to Present Interdisciplinary Research Group Proposals

On November 9, 2018 the CEM will sponsor a poster session from 3:00-5:00 PM in Room 4138 in the Physics Research Building . The session will offer prospective IRGs the opportunity to present their proposed science concepts and trans-disciplinary teams in advance of the proposal submission. Prospective IRG teams will also obtain feedback on their proposals and researchers will become familiar with putative teams and identify possible synergies.  Full event information can be found in the RFP, and the required templates are below. 


  • Poster Session to present IRG proposal concepts: Friday, November 9, 2018 (3:00-5:00 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Letters of Intent Due Date: December 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM
  • Proposal Due Date: January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Technical Contact: P. Chris Hammel, hammel@mps.ohio-state.edu
Administrative Contact: Alison Scott, scott.1452@osu.edu