The Nanoscience and Nanotechnology track in Interdisciplinary Studies program is an interdisciplinary program designed for students seeking a collaborative education that meets the broad and expanding needs for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology education. The program offers students educational experiences across disciplines in any of four different subject areas and one of sixteen minors, together with the subject area in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Students receive specialization in science and engineering subjects, including six specialized courses in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology. There is an emphasis on encouraging talented undergraduate students to learn science and technology at the nano scale. The program is particularly attentive to being inclusive and to guiding students towards pursuing graduate studies and finding opportunities in industry. Students interested in nanoresearch can compete for grants through the Nano Initiative Coordinator’s office. A faculty committee from the Nanoscience field will judge the applicants’ for awards.
NSF Sponsorship & Faculty Participation
The National Science Foundation sponsored planning and development for this program through a $100,000 grant. The grant title is, “NUE: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.” Participating faculty included Sudipta Seal, Aniket Bhattacharya, Aldrin Sweeney, and Elliot Vittes.
Nanoscience Subject Area
The Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Track in Interdisciplinary Studies includes six courses in the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology subject area.
- Nanomaterials Process Engineering
- Nanomaterials Characterization and Application
- Ethical and Societal Implications in Nanotechnology
Education and Career Choices
Students pursuing the Nanoscience and Nanotechology Track will gain the background for careers in nanomaterials, nanoelectronics, and pharmaceuticals. The undergraduate education preparation is also a strong foundation for graduate education. We thank the National Science Foundation for its interest in, and support of, this unique initiative in nanoscience and nanotechnology education.