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Southeastern Coalition for Engagement and Exchange in Nanotechnology Education (SCENE)

Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College and Pennsylvania State University (lead collaborators) and other partner organizations that include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Langley Research Center (NASA-LaRC), Jefferson National Research Laboratory Applied Research Center (JLab-ARC), and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), all active members of the broader nanoscience and engineering research community, will collaborate as part of the Southeastern Coalition for Engagement and Exchange in Nanotechnology Education (SCENE), a regional Louis Stokes Center for Excellence in Broadening Participation. SCENE utilizes nanotechnology and its many applications as a conduit for engaging and inspiring talented students from traditionally underrepresented minority populations. The program design augments an extensive summer training and internship component, with an aggressive strategy to prepare and mentor talented students as they generate portfolios and generate competitive profiles for research opportunities at national labs and federal research agencies (e.g. NSF GRFP and NASA Graduate Student Fellowship Program (GSFP) applications).

Summer Internship Program

The SCENE will feature summer research and mentoring programs to increase students’ knowledge and skills, and to motivate their interest in pursuing nanoscience and engineering. A proposed seven-week experience will feature extensive training in cleanroom operation, as well as a short-term applied activity or project with a paired faculty or partner institute researcher.  Student interns will complete a full training regimen in the NSU Micro and Nano-technology Center (MiNaC), a 6,000 square foot clean-room facility which enables the fabrication of nano-scale optical and electronic devices. The training will be followed by a research activity or project at NSU or a partnering research institute, including NASA-LaRC, JLab-ARC, PSU, EVMS, and others. The intern experience will also feature a limited number of professional development activities such as invited talks by active researchers, presentations on graduate school preparation, or lab tours at regional facilities. The SCENE will support student participation by offering travel support and housing, as well as a stipend for student participation.  Special efforts to secure detailed and pre-determined project descriptions from participating institutes will be made in an effort to ensure a quality experience for the students.


  • June 3 – 21, 2019 - SCENE Lecture and Lab Components for 4-year college students
  • August 7 – 28, 2019 - SCENE Program for community college students

Invited Talk

  • Jun 19, 2019 - TEM and SEM Principles, Dr. Sadegh Yazdi, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • July 22, 2019 - Microfluidics, Dr. Jung-Uk Shim, University of Leeds (UK)