Education and Human Resources
The NSEC actively promotes interdisciplinary education and research in nanoscale science
and engineering. Our goals are to increase public awareness of advances in nanoscale
science and engineering, and to promote career advancement for a diverse group of
young scientists. Initiatives at the pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral
levels include strategic collaborations to encourage individuals from underrepresented
groups to pursue careers in science and engineering. Our activities include: Holiday
Science Lecture; Project TEACH for Cambridge middle school students; RET
Program for public school teachers; Nano- and Mesoscale Science Seminar Series for
Cambridge science teachers; REU Program with supplemental Harvard funding; Applied
Physics 298r Interdisciplinary Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics-an interdisciplinary
survey of research in the Center; and the NSEC Postdoctoral Fellowships for Members
of Underrepresented Groups.
Museum of Science, Boston The Museum does an outstanding job of bringing
advances in nanoscience and technology to the public in an entertaining and informative
way. Their NSEC program led by Carol Lynn Alpert, includes public talks by Center
faculty on the Center for Science & Technology stage located in the lobby, as
well as entertaining presentations by Daniel Davis, also cablecasted over New England
Cable News. A National Informal Science Education Network of museums has been proposed
by the Museum; this promises to be a very effective way to inform the public.
|Figure 2. NSEC Postdoctoral fellow Mark Bray works with REU student Ben Diop-Frimpong in the laboratory, co-advised by Parker and Westervelt. Ben will begin graduate school at Harvard in summer 2005, working with Parker.
Diversity The Center has a strategic plan to increase diversity with
five goals: (1) Intensify the recruiting, support, and professional development of
a more diverse group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers; (2) Increase
the diversity of faculty participating in the NSEC, in part through a partnership
with the Radcliffe Institute;
(3) Strengthen recruiting and mentoring of members of underrepresented groups by extending
the approaches used for our REU program; (4) Introduce pre-college students to science
& engineering through RET and GK12 programs with public schools, and collaboration
with Cambridge public schools; and (5) Develop long-term research and educational
partnerships with predominantly female and minority-serving institutions.