Nano Experience for Students (NES)

The NES program ended in 2014 when funding for COINS came to an end. 

Nano Experience for Students (NES) is a new program aimed at introducing UC Berkeley students to nanoscience and nanotechnology research early in their academic career. The program is designed for students in their second year as well as community college transfer students. Once selected for the program, students will work in a COINS lab and learn to work on a project as part of an interdisciplinary research team. Upon successful  completion of the research program and continued strong academic performance, students may be asked to return for the following academic semester.

Academic Year Research Students will learn basic research and safety skills of working in a world class nanoscience lab. Placement will be made by  COINS with faculty affiliated with our center. Disciplines include physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and materials science engineering. Nanoscience research is extremely interdisciplinary and it is not uncommon for students to be
placed in labs outside of their major.

Monthly Meetings
In addition to exposure through research, participants will attend monthly talks given by invited speakers in academia, industry and national  laboratories who will discuss nanoscience discoveries and breakthroughs.

Professional Conferences
In the event that the participant’s research has lead to a talk, publication or presentation at a national conference or scientific meeting, travel funds may be available to allow the student to attend the conference.

Application Process
The Nano Experience program will run from Monday, February 13- Friday April 27, 2012. Students will receive a $1200 honorarium and expected to work an average of 10 hours per week.

Requirements for the program are as follows:

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled, full-time UC Berkeley student
  • Must be a second year student (admitted as freshmen) or a community college transfer student (in first or second year)
  • Minimum 3.25 grade point average in technical courses
  • Must express an interest in learning about nanoscience