AMRI Spotlights

Summer Outreach Research Program in High Gear!

Jun 23

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Jennetter Brown, an undergraduate from SUNO, prepares a sample in the lab using solid state reaction techniques in order to synthesize nanowires:

Jennetter Brown, an undergraduate from SUNO, prepares a sample in the lab using solid state reaction techniques in order to synthesize nanowires. 

The UNO-AMRI Summer Outreach Research Program is in full swing this summer! This year, 32 participants have entered our laboratories: 16 undergraduates, 8 high school teachers, and 8 high school students. The spirit of collaboration and research development is high. The participants learn how to conduct research, and are creating their own independent projects in chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, computer science, and/or materials science, as these fields relate to advanced materials, nanoscience, and nanotechnology. They work in state-of-the-art laboratories at AMRI and the Chemistry and Physics Departments at UNO, alongside experienced scientists (faculty, postdocs, and graduate students). Along with research, the participants attend weekly seminar programs which allow for discussion of current scientific issues, general research concepts, and scientific ethics.  Additionally, during the 8 week summer program, there are two Meet-the-Faculty Pizza lunches, which provide a chance to meet with professors and researchers in an informal setting that serves as an environment for building relationships between the participants and faculty members.  Such relationships provide key support to the students and teachers and dramatically strengthen their chances for success in scientific fields. The program will be underway until July 25, 2014 when a Poster Session research display and Cook-Out will be held. Special thanks to our funders, the National Science Foundation, the Louisiana Board of Regents, NASA, and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

Brandon Buchanon, an undergraduate from Allegney College, and Meagan McGehee and Rahmatollah Eskandari, two UNO Graduate Students, examine the properties of nanomaterials using the SEM instrument at AMRI of UNO:


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