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Young Students get Nanotechnology Experience


Engineering Program Brings Young Students to UCR
for Hands on Nanotechnology Experience

Frontiers in Nanotechnology and Engineering program is designed to encourage middle and high school students to consider a career in engineering.


(June 27, 2005)

High-achieving middle and high school students will come to UC Riverside this summer to take part in real-life research in nanotechnology, the science of developing big solutions in tiny technological packages.

Participants in the Frontiers in Nanotechnology and Engineering program will learn about nanoelectronics, nanomedicine, nanofabrication and superconductors, among other things. They will work side-by-side in UCR laboratories; meet professors and tour state-of-the-art research facilities. The program is sponsored by the Bourns College of Engineering.

Nanotechnology, an emerging field representing the future frontier in miniaturization, is likely to have a profound effect on numerous areas such as manufacturing processes, medical devices and delivery of medications, homeland security, computers, communication, and space exploration. The prefix “nano” means one billionth, for instance, a nanometer is 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

With an average grade point average of 4.4, the students who were selected from among the large application pool to take part in the program represent the best of the best, said Linda O’Neill, director of the College of Engineering’s Office of Special Programs.

“There are a group of very talented, highly motivated students” she said “Most want to be doctors and lawyers. Some make that career choice because they do not know what engineering is all about. We hope to show them why a career in engineering will be exciting.”

Students will tour the laboratory of Robert Haddon, a Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering who studies radical conductors and carbon nanotubes. After completion of the one-week program, eight of the 25 high school students will be chosen to stay on this summer to work in a laboratory with one of the 10 professors participating in the program.

This is third year the program has been offered.

The high school program will run from June 27 through July 1. The middle school program will run from July 11 through 15.

Students who were chosen to participate in the program come the following areas: Alta Loma, Corona, Cypress, Fontana, Fullerton, Highland, Idyllwild, La Mirada, La Quinta, Mecca, Moreno Valley, Norco, Perris, Redlands, Riverside, San Clemente, Temecula, Upland, Valley Center, Winchester.

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