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The SCENE - The Southeastern Coalition for Engagement and Exchange in Nanotechnology Education

SCENE_LOGO_2.jpgThe Southeastern Coalition for Engagement and Exchange in Nanotechnology Education (The SCENE) is one of six Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence (LSRCEs) that is funded by NSF Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program (LSAMP). The 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).

Nanotechnology involves research and technological development at a nanometer scale. Its broad applications highlight the impact of these basic sciences and engineering in the betterment of our quality of life. Nanotechnology education is an effective pathway to prepare underrepresented minority (URM) students for modern challenges in research and development, and to meet the demands of high-tech industries. The SCENE serves as a regional platform and network for broadening participation and career development of URM students in STEM fields, particularly focused on nanotechnology. The SCENE is a center and information hub to implement and disseminate products and services in support of a highly trained workforce.

The SCENE serves as a pilot disciplinary institute designed to strengthen skills and knowledge in nanoscience through outreach, informal science, curriculum improvement, and dissemination activities at the K-12 to undergraduate STEM pathways.

  • Education/Training
  • Research Experiences
  • Outreach Activities
  • Professional Development
  • Organizational Networking and Collaboration


Our goals

  • Support student engagement, retention and progress towards STEM baccalaureate degree completion
  • Increase access to high quality STEM undergraduate and graduate research experiences
  • Provide high quality materials for education and training in nanofabrication and nanotechnology applications
  • Facilitate broad dissemination of resources to support nanotechnology research and education