Education and Outreach
Summer Internship Program
The center for nanotechnology provides opportunity for undergraduates and high school students to have hands on experience in laboratory research during the summer. Students from Coppin State University and high schools in the nearby communities are allowed to apply for internship positions. The goal of the internship program is to introduce students to the principles of nanotechnology and solar energy and to motivate students to consider advanced degrees in the sciences as well as careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Bachelors Degree Program
The center for nanotechnology in conjunction with the Department of Natural Sciences at Coppin State University will in the not too distant future roll out a new Bachelor of Science Program, ‘Nanoscience and Material Physics’. The four-year degree program is specially designed for students who are interested in fundamental and industrial research, employment in the nanotechnology industries as well those who will be pursuing advanced degrees in the life sciences and engineering. The proposal to introduce this new concentration “Nanoscience and Material Physics" has been submitted to the Board of Education Curriculum Committee and currently awaiting approval.
The four year Materials Physics and Nanoscience degree program, will be ran jointly by the Department of Natural Sciences and Center for Nanotechnology at Coppin State University. The degree program will place great emphasis on three key areas: (i) Applications of Materials Physics in real world; (ii) Nanomaterials characterization methods; (iii) The differences between nanoparticles and bulk materials of the same composition. Nanometer-sized technological structures as applied to electronics, photonics, catalysis, and biotechnology will also be given much attention..
The program will feature general education courses and courses on nanoscience over a period of four years. Courses that will be taught once the program is approved by the curriculum committee include General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Material Physics, Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanomaterials, Principles and Applications and Nanomaterials, Characterization of Nanomaterials, Nanochemistry, Nanobiology, Nanomedicine, Advanced SEM and TEM, and Nanotechnology Seminar.
Increase Student Knowledge and Application of STEM
The nanotechnology center work with environmental science and chemistry teachers at Blueford Jamison STEM Academy (BDJ), Carver Vocational Technical High School, Al-Rahmah School (ARH) and Coppin Academy High School to incorporate energy storage and renewable energy transportation in the science, nanotechnology and materials physics curriculum with hands on experiments and field trips. The project introduce high school students to the concept of new technology such as dye sensitized solar cells, gold nanoparticle studies, energy storage, rapid charge devices and renewable energy transportation.
The Center for Nanotechnology has worked with the following schools:
- Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy (BDJ)
- Al-Rahmah School (ARH)
- Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Science Charter School (MATHS)
- Strictly Academic Homeschool Co-op (SAHC)
Al-Rahmah School (ARH)
Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy (BDJ)