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Nano-scale Engineering Young Scholars Program

The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) is soliciting applications from high school students with an interest in science, mathematics, engineering or technology for the summer Young Scholars Program at Penn State University. 

Up to two students will be selected to participate in research labs at Penn State associated with the ASSIST Center. Participants will gain experience under the guidance of an established research group by investigating a topic from a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines. Students will learn about cutting -edge techniques and tools used in nanoscale science and engineering; conduct a research study; and participate in seminars. Join us for an interesting summer learning about advances in research; getting involved in your own study; and thinking about possible careers in science and engineering.

The mission of the ASSIST Center is to use nanotechnology to improve global health by enabling correlation between personal health and personal environment and by empowering patients and doctors to manage wellness and improve quality of life.

 Researchers at NC State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Virginia, and Florida International University are working together to create wearable nanotechnologies that monitor individual health parameters and environmental exposures. Long-term sensing will enable patients, doctors, and scientists to make direct correlations between health and environmental toxins leading to chronic disease prediction, management and treatment. ASSIST advances will accelerate environmental health research and clinical trials as well as inform environmental policy.

The program runs June 24 to August 2, 2019. Students will receive a $1,200 stipend for their work as a Young Scholar. The program is for U.S. citizens only and students must participate for the entire duration of the program. Participants are required to attend all daily and weekly meetings, seminars, field trips and workshops.