Training / Education

Training / Education

NNF Training
Training / Education


Training Programs

NNF will offer comprehensive training and support to our users. More information will be coming soon.

Professor/Pair REU

The Nebraska Nanoscale Facility, part of the Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, is inviting faculty/student pairs from regional four-year colleges and universities to participate in NNF’s Professor/Pair Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this summer in Lincoln, Nebraska. The goal is to provide research experiences which will benefit both the participants and NNF projects. A summer stipend for the professional member will be provided for up to two months of full-time commitment to a NNF project. The student will receive a weekly salary plus free room/board for up to 10 weeks of commitment to the project. Please refer to the student application and professor application or contact Terese Janovec at tjanovec3@unl.edu, our Education and Outreach Coordinator, for more information.

Nanotech Facilities Workshops

These workshops will include tours and activities taught by NNF faculty, postdocs, and specialists to increase the understanding, knowledge and actual experience with resources available at NNF for future users from industry, universities, and government entities.

Nanotech Facilities Minicourses

NNF will host annual three-day Minicourses for new users, both local and external, taught by NNF’s Facility Specialists and faculty. Visiting students, postdocs, and industry representatives will learn more in depth information about the NNF structure, research thrusts, and operational procedures. These courses will offer information about the equipment, processes and opportunities at NNF along with actual hands-on experiences. Dates: June 20-22.


Education Programs

K-8 Students: After-School Program

After School Program with Dr. Christian Binek
After School Program
Culler After School 2012
Culler After School 2012

Faculty members, students and staff will provide regular programming during the school year for a Nanoscience After School Program at Culler Middle School. One hour presentations will be given to students who have limited knowledge of nanoscience. Information will include videos, hands-on activities, giveaways and discussions of nano applications which provides a broad overview of nanoscience/nanotechnology as a field with many career opportunities. Students gain a more comprehensive understanding through activities that introduce them to the unique properties at the nanoscale. Professors presenting will be from the Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics departments with help from NCMN Undergraduate Outreach Fellows and staff.

K-8 Students: Summer STEM Camp

Summer STEM Camp 2015
Summer STEM Camp 2015
Summer STEM Class 2015
Summer STEM Camp 2015

This summer NNF will provide a summer 3 day Nano/STEM class at Culler Middle School involving over 100 students! Information will include videos, hands-on activities, giveaways and discussions of science applications which will provide a broad overview of Nano/STEM fields with many career opportunities. Students will gain a more comprehensive understanding through activities that introduced them to STEM concepts.

High School: NNF Nanoscience Camp Partnership

NCMN Nanoscience Camp Partnership 2013
NCMN Nanoscience Camp Partnership 2013
NCMN Nanoscience Camp Partnership 2013
NCMN Nanoscience Camp Partnership 2013

Tenth grade students from Grand Island and Omaha high schools will participate in a summer Nanoscience Camp sponsored by Epscor held on the UNL campus. Part of the camp included tours of nano related research in faculty labs and facility tours of NNF equipment. Students are part of the Nebraska College Prep Academy, a science/math focus program that encourages high school graduation and pursuit of a post-secondary degree.

High School: Upward Bound High School Camp

Upward Bound Camp 2015
Upward Bound Camp 2015
Upward Bound Camp 2015
Upward Bound Camp 2015

NNF will partner with the Upward Bound program to bring a summer NanoPhysics camp to 10th & 11th grade students from Lincoln high schools. The camp will include tours of nano related research in NNF facilities and hands-on activities about the ever growing area of Nanoscience during the 3-day event.

Undergraduates: Research Experiences for Undergraduates

REU Team - Dr. Cheung and Gernhart
REU Team - Dr. Lai and Xunbai
REU Team - Dr. Binek and Barbosa
REU Team - Dr. Shield and Mark

A 10-week summer research fellowship will provide undergraduate students with an opportunity for interdisciplinary research in a nanoscale science or engineering laboratory on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Faculty mentors from the following university departments are: Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering. The fellowships will carry a $4,500 stipend for ten weeks of research. For more information please visit http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/nanotech.

Nebraska Teacher Conferences

Teacher Conference
Teacher Science Fair
Conference photo
Terese Janovec at NATS conference
•  Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Conference

NCMN and NNF partnered with the College of Engineering at the PLTW Engineering Conference to provide nanoscience information and hands-on activities to over 150 teachers, school administrators, industry reps, government officials, and university faculty, staff & students. The PLTW curriculum, cited by the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a "model for 21st century career and technical education," is founded in fundamental problem-solving and critical-thinking skills taught in traditional career and technical education (CTE), while integrating national academic and technical learning standards and STEM principles. Nanoscience is a very relevant part of these project-based engineering courses for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Community: NanoDays

NanoDays at the mall
NanoDays at the mall
NanoDays at the mall
NanoDays at the mall

The Nebraska Nanoscale Facility will foster public awareness of nanoscience and nanoengineering through Lincoln’s annual NanoDays event at Gateway Shopping Center. This event is also sponsored by the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN), Nebraska EPSCoR, and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

Community: Traveling Nano Exhibit

Traveling Nano Exhibit 2015
Traveling Nano Exhibit 2015
Traveling Nano Exhibit 2015
Traveling Nano Exhibit 2015

“Nano” is an exciting new exhibition to communicate about the extremely small scale of nanoscience and how interactions of materials at this tiny level shape our world in powerful ways. This 400 sq. ft exhibit is scheduled for travel to six museums across Nebraska. The exhibit was created by NISE Net—the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) and Nebraska EPSCoR.