Soft Matter Research Internship (SMRI) Network

Soft Matter Research Internship (SMRI) Network

Welcome to the DSOFT Soft Matter Research Internship (SMRI) Network application!


The SMRI Network facilitates connecting undergraduate and master’s students seeking research experiences with PIs interested in supporting research internships in soft matter. The overarching goal of the SMRI Network is to build bridges between students and PIs across the globe to broaden participation and provide more equal access to soft matter research opportunities. PIs and students who submit the forms below by Friday, May 24, 2024 will become part of the 2024–25 DSOFT SMRI Network.


Are you a PI interested in hosting a bachelor’s or master’s student during Summer 2024, Fall 2024, or Spring 2025? Continue to the form below by logging in with your APS credentials to advertize your research opportunity and gain access to student applications. Upon review of your submission, you will receive a link to student applications.


Are you an undergraduate or master’s student looking for a research experience during summer 2024, fall 2024 or spring 2025? Continue to the form below by logging in with your APS credentials to share your profile with PIs. Please note that you will need to provide the name of one reference who would be willing to write a recommendation letter (a letter is not required at this time; a PI may subsequently contact your reference to request one). Upon review of your application, you will receive a link to the list of PIs and their research projects.


Not yet an APS member? Please note that this program is restricted to members of the American Physical Society (APS) and its Division of Soft Matter (DSOFT). If you are not currently a member of APS and DSOFT, you can join here. It’s easy! Student membership in APS is free for the first year, and all students may join up to two divisions or topical groups for free.


DSOFT is not offering funds to support SMRIs nor will we evaluate student applications or PI research descriptions. Research stipends and/or housing support will need to be negotiated between the PI and student and adhere to all institutional guidelines. Evaluation of student applications is also the responsibility of the PI offering an SMRI. Submitting this form does not guarantee an SMRI opportunity nor does it commit you to offering and/or accepting an SMRI position. It simply shares your information and grants you access to the SMRI Network.

Application Form

See the Application Submission Guide for help with submitting your application.


Questions? Encounter issues with becoming an APS/DSOFT member or with logging in? Please don’t hesitate to contact Rae Robertson-Anderson (DSOFT Secretary/Treasurer, or Lebo Molefe (Student Affairs Committee Chair,