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PR-LSAMP logoThe IFN has a unique opportunity to make a major contribution to increasing the diversity of the future nanoscience and technology workforce, since more than 95 percent of the undergraduate and K-12 population in Puerto Rico is of hispanic origin. The outreach initiative has the goal of motivating and nurturing many more hispanics to pursue careers in nano science and technology. With the assistance of the Educational Coordinator of the PR-LSAMP, the IFN Nano Interdisciplinary Education Team (NIET) will will develop 3-day workshops to teach high school students nano concepts and principles, the chemistry and physics that underpin them, and their technological applications at the IFN research facilities. This program will reach at least 50 students per year. The NIET staff will make extensive use of existing material, models, and demonstrations available from the National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT). The IFN researchers will lecture the students and organize educational visits to the IFN research and characterization facilities. In addition, IFN will train a cadre of 10 teachers per year who will be carefully selected for motivation and mastery of basic science concepts and principles on how to use materials and modules selected from the clearinghouse to introduce Nanoscience to their high school students.

The IFN will partner with the PR-LSAMP to offer undergraduate research experiences to students at the IFN research laboratories, 25 during each summer and 30 during the academic year. The Educational Coordinator of the PR-LSAMP will coordinate and recruit students from all academic institutions in Puerto Rico, and select the students with the approval of the faculty research sponsor. PR-LSAMP will pay for the participating student support from its large undergraduate research experience program. The PR-LSAMP Educational Coordinator will coordinate a series of seminars on nanotechnology for the students and require them to present the results of their research at the Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting, an activity that is held annually, attracting more than 300 student presenters. This undergraduate research program will be open to all academic institutions in Puerto Rico, thus broadening participation beyond the IFN campuses. l develop 3-day workshops to teach high school students nano concepts and principles, the chemistry and physics that underpin them, and their technological applications at the IFN research facilities. This program will reach at least 50 students per year. The NIET staff will make extensive use of existing material, models, and demonstrations available from the National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT). The IFN researchers will lecture the students and organize educational visits to the IFN research and characterization facilities. In addition, IFN will train a cadre of 10 teachers per year who will be carefully selected for motivation and mastery of basic science concepts and principles on how to use materials and modules selected from the clearinghouse to introduce Nanoscience to their high school students.

EPSCoR logoThe Puerto Rico EPSCoR will continue to hold its annual meeting, but with a focus towards nanoscience. Each year, the annual meeting will be a forum for the presentation and the exchange of ongoing nanoscience research on the Island, and will be open to the public. Special presentations will be made to increase the general public's literacy with respect to nanoscience and nanotechnology.