The 2008 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program in Nanotechnology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst facilitated research experience for twelve undergraduate students for ten weeks on campus. These students represented diversity from across the country and Puerto Rico.
Students engaged in new and innovative Nanotech-related research topics, such as Optical Characterization of Nanomaterials; DNA-mediated Assembly of Nanoparticles; Nanoscale Instabilities; Nanoparticle Hierarchy; Active and Dynamic Polymer Interfaces; Self-Assembly of Polymers and Particles; Biohybrid Materials for Hydrogen Generation and Utilization; Molecular Modeling of Polymer Translocation; Nanostructured Photovoltaics; Nanotubes Based on Polymers for Biotechnology, Self-Fabricating Semiconductors; Electrochemical Deposition of Oriented Semiconductor Nanorods; and Assembly of Nanoparticle Protein Assemblies by Surface Plasmon Resonance.
They also had the opportunity to enrich their experience by visiting the Intel Company in Hudson Massachusetts and the Boston Museum of Science. One student remarked on his trip to Intel: "The Intel trip gave me a great chance to look at just how the research into nanotechnology can be applied to industry in order to mass produce small scale devices. Not only that, but it gave me an in-depth look at the kind of environment a job in the nanotech industry has to offer. In my opinion, it was a great trip to go on and I feel like I have a better understanding of where nanotechnology can take me and potentially my career."
Besides the rich social interactions with faculty, staff, and colleagues, the students were involved in many social activities, such as biking, working out at the gym, shopping down town, and seminars and luncheons with other REU students.
The SURE program seeks to expose undergraduate students to cutting edge nanotechnology research and an interdisciplinary approach to research and the sciences. Our faculty and staff works in collaboration with other REU programs on campus and students regularly share social and academic events with other REU groups on campus.
The 2009 SURE program promises to be another success with a new group of ambitious students from across the country. Don't miss the February 28, 2009 deadline to apply!
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