June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
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The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) is an integratedpartnership of 14 universities across the US funded by NSF to support nanoscalereserachers. The NNIN also has an education and outreach program. One of our goals isto encourage and develop talented post-secondary students to become future leaders innanotechnology We established these programs because we believe that globally awarescientists and engineers should be a priority in the 21st century. We have developedthree programs to develop globally aware scientists. First is the NNIN internationalResearch Experience for Undergraduates program to further the nanotechnologyexperience of exceptional undergradautes who participate in the NNIN REU. Thisprogram is only open to our prior year REU students, using our REU program as a“filter” to select only the very best students for an enhanced research experience. Wehave five international parterns for this program. The second program is with ourJapanese partners where NNIN sites host a number of graduate students from Japan’sNanonet. The goal of this summer program is much the same as the iREU, that is, toincrease awareness of the global nature of research for both the visiting Japanese andthe host NNIN sites. The final “global” program is the international Winter Schools forGraduate Students (iWSG) which are organized jointly by NNIN and institutions inthird world countries with the goal of promoting international bridge building andunderstanding by bringing together students and faculty in an intense teaching andsocietal experience. Each year graduate students and faculty from both countriesparticipate in a rigorous course in an emerging area of nanotechnology. In addition tothe technical course, participants travel to a rural part of the country to observe,experience and discuss societal challenges and the part science and technology can play.The presentation will present the components of each of these programs as well asresults from our surveys of participants.
Healy, N., & Rathbun, L. C. (2013, June), Developing Globally Aware Engineers and Scientists in Nanotechnology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19414
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