Session S67c (Thursday, 9:30am, CHEM 102)

P943: Partnership model for nanotechnology program integration

Stephen Fonash (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Michael Pugh (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA), Jacqueline Whitling (Lock Haven University, USA)

The Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership, established in 1998, is a resource sharing approach to nanotechnology education. The key element of this approach is the hands-on NMT Capstone Semester which utilizes the expertise and facilities at Penn State University to teach the core skills necessary to effectively work at the nanoscale to students from various science and technology disciplines. The NMT Partners consist of 29 associate and baccalaureate institutions across Pennsylvania. This presentation will focus on the role of the Capstone Semester as it is utilized in two different 4-year degree PA chemistry programs. Included will be capstone semester utilization approaches for integrating nanotechnology into chemistry curricula. An overview of the educator resources and services that are available through the NSF National Center for Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK), which grew out of the highly successful, cost effective, PA NMT education model, will also be covered.

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