Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology
Program Dates: 20 July - 26 August, 2016 (2017 dates TBD)
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017 (Jan 1, 2017 for foreign applicants who will need a visa)
Run by Prof. Michael Sailor since 2003, the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) is an intensive, six week workshop on the synthesis, properties, and applications of porous silicon-based nanomaterials. Based on the book "Porous Silicon in Practice" this hands-on course begins with an intensive training in theory, techniques and laboratory methods of silicon nanotechnology, and concludes with a capstone “Discovery Project”--an independent research project implemented by the student under the mentorship of a current research group member.
UCSD undergraduate mentor Rhiannon Kennard (center) with her team Lianfei Yan (left) and Tushar Kumeria (right).
|The capstone “Discovery Project,” is an independent research project implemented by the student under the mentorship of a current Sailor research group member. Many SSSiN students arrange to stay longer (up to 6 months) to complete a more extensive project, with the goal of producing a scientific publication. Many high school participants have translated their projects into California Science Fair, Lego Robotics Challenge, or Intel Science Talent Search competitions.|
High School mentor Gha Lee (center) with fellow high school students Hithaishi Paraselli and Tessa Martin (right)
The Lectures are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-11 AM. Lecture topics include:
A current resume, personal statement including description of past research or related experiences and a brief Discovery Project proposal, and up to 3 letters of reference should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "application for 2017 UCSD Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology" in the subject field.
The course runs weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm although there may be a few later days depending on individual projects. It is held in Pacific Hall on the UCSD campus (directions are here). Tutorial lectures are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am-11 am, involving lecture, in-lab demonstrations, and student presentations. The remainder of the time is spent in the laboratory working on the course modules and the Discovery Projects. The Discovery Projects are performed in 2-4 person teams.
Each participant must supply:
- Daily lunch (or lunch money if you want to eat at one of the UCSD eateries).
- Lab notebook (bound, numbered, lined sheets).
- Book "Porous Silicon in Practice" available from amazon.com
- Laptop computer (Mac or PC). Must contain current virus protection software.
- UCSD ID and email account
If you don't have a UCSD ID or email account, please arrange to come in before the beginning of the SSSiN to set up your account.
Applications for domestic participants are due on May 1, 2017.
Applications for foreign participants are due on Jan 1, 2017 (if you are an incoming UCSD graduate student, application is same as for domestic, May 1, 2017).
Decisions are made on a rolling basis.
There is no financial assistance available for this program. All participants must have full support for travel, living expenses, health insurance, and any applicable visa fees (the university charges a $425 visa processing fee) for the duration of the program.