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Research & Training Program


Summer Research for Undergraduates

The SCENE features summer research and mentoring programs to increase students’ knowledge and skills, and to motivate their interest in pursuing nanoscience and engineering. The seven-week experience will feature extensive training in cleanroom operation, followed by a short-term applied activity or project with a paired faculty or partner institute researcher.  Student interns complete the full training regimen in the NSU Micro and Nano-technology Center (MiNaC), a 6,000 square foot clean-room facility that enables the fabrication of nano-scale optical and electronic devices. The partner research institutes include NASA Langley Research Center (NASA-LaRC), Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory (JLab), Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), etc.

2020 Summer Program
July 6 – July 24, 2020

100% Virtual Accelerated Nanotechnology Training for Undergraduate Students

Students in the Primary Cohort and Participation Cohort will receive email to register/join to the webinar. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation including the webinar link, please click the link to join.

The orientation will begin at 10 am on Monday, July 6, 2020.

Students in the Primary Cohort will receive the lab kit in the next week (Jul 6-10).

2020 Summer Program Agenda 

Week 1


Morning (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Afternoon (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Mon, Jul 6


Environmental Concern/ Nanotechnology/Cleanroom Safety training

Tue, Jul 7

Nanotechnology Cleanroom Technologies

Vacuum Pump Training

Wed, Jul 8

Junction Diode, Solar Cells/ Virus Sensing Devices

Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (ZSim software)

Instruction for hands on Experience

Thu, Jul 9

Lithography: Overall, Conventional Lithography: Positive and Negative

How to design masks and fabrication devices/ Using

AutoCAD to design for Interdigitated Electrodes for virus sensing

Fri, Jul 10

Vacuum equipment virtual lab

Demo for vacuum control using actual process tools


Week 2


Morning (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Afternoon (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Mon, Jul 13

Photolithography Data Analysis

Lithography Hands-on Lab

Tue, Jul 14

Evaporation and Sputtering

Demo for thin film deposition for electrodes for virus sensing using Evaporator

Wed, Jul 15

Plasma Etching, RIE & ICP

Demo for etching process using actual process tools (RIE)

Thu, Jul 16

Demo for device fabrication (Deposition and Lithography)

Demo for device fabrication

and characterization (Etching and Characterization)

Friday, July 17

Electrochemical Learning Module Hand-on Experience

CAD design for mask sets


Week 3


Morning (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Afternoon (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Mon, Jul 20

Nanoparticles for Medical Applications

Demo of nanoparticle synthesis

Tue, Jul 21

SEM and TEM Principles

Demo of SEM observation

Wed, Jul 22

Demo for device characterization

Professional Development Seminar

Thu, Jul 23


Preparation of Conference Presentation Materials


Preparation of Conference Presentation Materials

Fri, Jul 24

Conference (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)



Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Application deadline: June 1, 2020

Program Highlights

  • 3-week live-streamed accelerated nanotechnology cleanroom training course
  • $2,000 stipend
  • Mailed lab kits facilitate hands on activities
  • Culminating online Technical Conference
  • Professional development seminars included

Nanotechnology Course Topics​

  • Nanotechnology and Semiconductor Materials and Device Structures
  • Vacuum Technologies
  • Sputtering and Deposition Techniques
  • Optical Lithography
  • Plasma Etching
  • Micro- and Nanoscale Characterization Techniques
  • Cleanroom Safety

Supplemental activities include take-home laboratory


Program Requirements

  • Undergraduate enrollment in engineering or related discipline
  • Participation in live-streamed sessions
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident