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University of California, Berkeley

Summer High-School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP)

June 18 - July 13, 2007

Program Description

The Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) Graduate Group at the University of California at Berkeley enthusiastically launches a new summer high-school apprenticeship research program (SHARP).  In SHARP, high school students will have the opportunity to do hands-on scientific investigations in a dynamic research environment at UC Berkeley.  The students will work with graduate student researchers in NSE faculty laboratories, gaining first-hand experience in how science research is conducted.

The NSE faculty is a multidisciplinary group with research expertise over a very broad scope of disciplines, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, biology, chemistry, materials science, computation, and geology.  Our research focuses on information, biomedical, and manufacturing technologies that will transform science and economy in the next decades.  The research encompasses studies of nanostructure building blocks and new ways to seamlessly integrate those building blocks into new materials, devices and systems. By ‘mixing and matching’ components having different electronic, magnetic, optical, and structural properties, our ultimate goal is to create ‘designer materials’ and designer systems that will have capabilities far exceeding those found in nature.

Program Activities

Laboratory Research

Each SHARP student spends Monday through Thursday working with her/his own graduate student mentor on a research project. Research project topics will all be related to the engineering and study of microscopically small (nanometer scale) structures and materials.  These projects will be located in: physics, chemistry, biology, and materials labs, as well as chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineering labs.

Discussion Meetings, Training and Workshops

The SHARP students will have group meetings to discuss their research progress every Wednesday morning. On Fridays, there will be lab classes in semiconductor processing, experimental design, data analysis, presentation skills, and computer workshops and various sports activities. Guest speakers will also be scheduled.

Program Time Requirements

The program lasts for 4 weeks, from June 18 to July 13. For the course of the program, SHARP students will spend 8 hours a day in the laboratory and/or in related meetings.  The work day starts at 8:30 am and runs until 5:30 pm.

SHARP students are expected to attend every day of the program, and should consider their commitment to this program as they would to any job.

Lunches are provided for all participants during the week.  No transportation will be arranged for the students.

Educational Stipend

A Completion Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 13.  The SHARP students will be presented with a certificate and $1,000 educational stipend at the Ceremony.

Application Requirements

Students must satisfy the following requirements:

·         Currently enrolled in high school as a junior (11th grade) student.

·         Completion of Trignometry or higher level Math by the end of this school year.

·         Completion of two years of high school science by the end of this school year.  At least one of these courses must be chemistry or physics.

·         Living in Berkeley or nearby townships during the summer with family or guardians.

·         Students must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents to apply for the program.

The application package must include:

·         A completed application form

·         Official high school transcript

·         Two teacher recommendations in sealed and signed envelopes, mailed along with the application package.  One of the recommendation letters should be from a math or science teacher in your high school.

·         A type-written essay, no longer than 500 words, on the following topic:

Explain why you are interested in the SHARP program, and what you feel you can contribute to it.  In particular, we would like to know about your interest in science, your ability to work with groups of people, and any previous work experience you’ve had.


SHARP Student Selection Criteria

The selection process includes two steps: application review and personal interview.  The application packages will be reviewed by a committee consisting of NSE faculty members and staff.

A subset of students will be invited for on-site interviews in mid-April. Personal interviews will be the final screening process. Students who are not available for a personal interview cannot be accepted to the program.

The selection criteria include:

·         Interest in science, science activities and applications

·         Ability to participate as a responsible and effective team member

·         Ability to communicate

·         Experience in previous science courses

·         Experience in previous jobs (including volunteer work)

Submission Deadline

Deadline: Complete application must be postmarked by March 16, 2007. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Click here to download the Application Form PDF file (size: 11K)

Complete applications should be mailed to:

Avi Rosenzweig, BNNI


210 McLaughlin Hall

University of California

Berkeley, CA 94720-1726

Inquiries can be sent to:

Avi Rosenzweig

voice: 510.643.6681

fax: 510.643.6974

email: nanoinstitute@lists.Berkeley.EDU


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