Research Education for Undergraduates Program
The University of Massachusetts Lowell, Northeastern University, and the University of New Hampshire are equal partners in the NSF-funded Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN). You will have an opportunity to perform cutting edge research at one of our three institutions. Our students work in high-tech laboratories for a 10-week duration from May 29th through August 3rd. The CHN projects focus on robust, high-rate, environmentally-benign nanomanufacturing techniques, allowing transfer of nanotechnology discoveries to industry. Students work in collaboration with other undergraduates, conduct research under the guidance of their graduate student mentors and are supervised by faculty advisors and post-doctoral researchers. At the end of the research program, all students present their accomplishments and results to the CHN research community. Results from many of these projects have been published as conference papers and journal articles. Students presentations from previous summer programs are linked here.
The summer research experience includes a weekly professional development component that allows skill-building in the following areas: laboratory safety practices relevant to nanomaterials, library search skills, oral communication, written communication, and ethical reflection. The communication skills program is delivered by the science educators at the Museum of Science Boston. A new addition to our program is inclusion of a module on the Ethical Dimensions of Emerging Nanotechnology and Value Sensitive Design – providing an overview of the social and ethical dimensions of emerging nanotechnologies, with an emphasis on how these issues intersect with engineering design decisions.
Benefits to Undergraduates
Overall, the benefits to the students include exposure to the developing field of nanomanufacturing and the enhancement of their research and presentation skills. This also provides increased education to the future workforce in nanoscience and technology.
The 2012 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate Program at CHN is funded by National Science Foundation award numbers HRD-0851989 and EEC-0832785 as well as funding from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Northeastern University and the University of New Hampshire.