A serious workforce crisis exists in the high technology sector: A quarter of the current science and engineering workforce will retire by the end of this decade. Filling these vacancies will require us, as a nation, to draw on populations which are currently under-represented in the engineering workforce. This critical issue is made all the more serious by the paradigm shift in science and technology to the nano scale. SINAM will address this national crisis through an educational program integrated with SINAM’s research. Infusion of new knowledge obtained from research discoveries into education will allow us to equip our young engineers and scientists with strong fundamentals, cutting edge technological skills, and most importantly, innovative ideas. We propose three initial foci for our educational and outreach component all of which will reach out to under-represented minority and female students. These three foci intertwine and seamlessly integrate with SINAM research.
Grades 7-12, Discover Nanotechnology
Traditionally, the grade 7-12 science component does not provide exposure to engineering. This is an opportune point at which to expose students to opportunities in science and engineering and we believe that planting “innovative engineering seeds” in young minds will attract many of our best students to the engineering profession. However, students have a difficult time visualizing the microscopic world. SINAM will engage a team of researchers and graduate students, local high school teachers, and teachers-in-training in creating an inquiry based instructional module which will build on core science concepts by connecting modern examples of nanoscience and nanotechnology research.
Grades 11-Undergraduate, Nanomanufacturing Summer Academy
The Nanomanufacturing Summer Academy (NMSA) will provide an intensive research experience for high school and college students for an 8-week period in the summer. More information.....
Nanomanufacturing Summer Academy is currently recruiting for Undergraduate Students.
Graduate Young Investigator Program
All graduate students in the five participating SINAM schools are invited to compete in the Graduate Young Investigator (GYI) Program. Individuals or groups of students will propose an innovative research topic that involves at least two faculty members in SINAM from different fields, to study a nanomanufacturing topic using a multidisciplinary approach. More information....
The GYI program will be calling for proposals soon, please stay tuned!