The Mid-Atlantic Nanoscience Education Hub internship program includes rotations in labs at the
According to Nano.gov, nanoscience and nanotechnology are "the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science and engineering."
"To me, nanoscience is about the manipulation of really small things and using the characteristics that are apparent in those small things to your advantage," said
The nanoscale is smaller than the wavelength of light, Tyson explained.
"The whole program is pretty challenging -- the concepts are rough to understand, because ... you're never going to see the nanoscale," said Tyson, a biomedical engineering major at
Last week, Oella resident
"They're trying to use biological approaches to making new types of batteries," said
Electricity is one of the many areas of science where nanotechnology applies, Smith explained.
"It's definitely an area of science that is expanding," he said.
Smith said the program hopes to attract students from a variety of majors.
"When they collaborate on a project, you're going to come out with something better than if everyone had the same background," Smith said, adding, "It's another example of why diversity is good."
The group has nine majors from a variety of fields in engineering and one math major, who were selected from a group of 30 students to participate in the program.
"The strength of the candidates was impressive," said
In addition to Tyson and Johnson, the students chosen were Arbutus area resident
LeMire, 54, who lives in
Students work 40 hours a week and are paid a stipend for their participation. The program began
"My [department] chair [man] joked and said, 'It's science summer camp and we're paying you,' " Smith said, with a smile as he sat in his office.
LeMire said the program offers students a number of advantages including exposure to a four-year institution, working with experts in the field of nanotechnology, conducting research, getting field work experience as well as improving their resumes for future employment opportunities.
"Part of our mission as a state institution is to promote education and to provide opportunities for students for better employment -- both us and
Nanotechnology is attracting attention from a number of government agencies, ranging from the
And it can be applied to a number of scientific fields from energy to medicine to electricity, Smith said.
"I hope they see an expanded range of possibilities for themselves in the future as a result of the program," he said.
Johnson said he hopes the internship will better prepare him for a future military career.
"I joined it because I wanted to get more practical and hands-on experience in the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] fields," said Johnson, a
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