A hallmark of the Nanotechnology program is its nurturing of students through engagement in undergraduate research opportunities. Students with GPA greater than 2.7 can engage in a yearlong research project as a junior. Close mentoring between faculty and students leads to opportunities for presentation of their work at national or regional conferences. Typically about 15 national presentations are made annually by our students. Our faculty coordinates student applications for paid summer research internship positions at national labs and research universities across the country. We have placed 18 students at the venues given below in the summers of 2010-2014.
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Department of Energy National Labs at Iowa University, Lawrence Livermore, Oakridge, and Pacific Northwest
- Georgia Tech University
- Harvey Mudd College
- National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network at Arizona State and Penn State Universities
- South Dakota School of Mines
- University of Wisconsin
Finally our faculty coordinates graduate school and industry placement applications including developing job interview skills for our seniors. The program takes pride in placing nearly 50% of its graduates in graduate schools across the country. We have an articulation agreement with SUNY Upstate Medical School for placement of one of our students in their summer research program and in their PhD program annually. Presently faculty are engaged in developing several such agreements with other engineering schools.