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Nanoscience Collective Students

The NanoBusiness Alliance's "Nanoscience High School Talent Fellowship" sponsored 25 students from Illinois, North Carolina and Colorado at Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials for one week in June 2010.

The NanoBusiness Alliance has partnered with Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) and Division of Educational Programs (DEP) to better prepare high school juniors and seniors pursuing science and engineering careers.

Named the Nanoscience High School Talent Fellowship, the program hosted 25 students from Illinois, North Carolina, and Colorado, who participated in a "boot camp" of hands-on laboratory experiments, demonstrations, and lectures by CNM scientists.

Kathleen Carrado Gregar, manager of CNM outreach and user programs, kicked off the camp with an introduction to nanoscience. Nathan Guisinger taught students about scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy, while Elena Shevchenko demonstrated self-assembly, and Elena Rozhkova and Chris Fry presented peptide synthesis. Students synthesized gold nanoparticles with Galyna Krylova, and Daniel Lopez discussed MEMS/NEMS, while Dave Czaplewski gave the students a tour of the cleanroom nanofabrication facility.

"The experience I had at the Argonne camp is unparalleled," said Amishi Bajaj, 16, of Oak Brook, Ill. "I was able to achieve a greater understanding of the implementation of nanotechnology in the lab…as well as in the real world with lectures presented by pioneers of their respective fields.

Nanotechnology is at the forefront of energy, medical, security and environmental research. The nanotechnology industry is a growing source of jobs and economic growth for the Chicagoland area and for the nation.

Illinois is poised to benefit disproportionately from that growth due to its location near several top-ranking research universities as well as state-of-the-art facilities like Argonne. To fill the increasing number of job opportunities and to increase the rate of nanotechnology innovation, more students need to be recruited to major in science and engineering.

View photos of CNM's Nanostudents in action.

July 2010

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