ASSIST is an NSF-funded Nanosystems Engineering Research Center that partners with scientists, engineers, and science educators from North Carolina State University, Florida International University, University of Virginia. The grant engages teachers in a 6-week research experience in multidisciplinary projects surrounding nano-scale engineering battery-less devices for sensing and transmitting environmental factors and physiological responses to the environment.  To learn more about the ASSIST project please visit:

To be considered for this experience, you must also submit your application to the ASSIST program.

Important Dates:

  • Nano-Scale Engineering Research Experience with weekly professional development workshops at Penn State University Park: 
    June 18-July 27, 2018
  • REU/RET Symposium at Penn State University Park:  August 2, 2018


  • Must be a secondary education teacher who teaches science, technology, engineering, and math content with at least 3 years full time teaching experience
  • Must be a teacher serving students from Pennsylvania  


  • $5,000 at the conclusion of the research experience and approved Classroom Research Project (CLRP) submission


Matthew Johnson, PhD

Research Associate
Assistant Professor of Science Education

Email: | Phone: 814-863-6607

Applications are now closed for Summer 2018