Two weeks ago, Keystone Edge contributor Rebecca VanderMeulen wrote about Pennsylvania's growing presence and leadership in the fast-growing nanotechnology sector. Now, two more institutions of higher education are providing a significant boost to nano statewide.
In its latest grant to Lock Haven University
, the National Science Foundation has granted more than $526,000 to provide four-year scholarships for up to 15 new students. Since 2008, the LHU nanoscience program has received $1.3 million from the NSF. The latest round of scholarships, available from 2013 to 2017, will be available to students majoring in any of the "STEM" disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) with a focus on nanoscience, the school said.
"The fact that NSF has continuously funded the Nano Program shows strong support for LHU's interdisciplinary approach to recruit students to STEM programs," said Professor Anura U. Goonewardene, director of the school's Nanotechnology Program. "Our use of nanotechnology to recruit, retain and excite students to do science … is establishing a model for recruitment for science programs nationally."
Meanwhile, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is preparing to host the all-day PA Nanotechnology Conference
on June 5.
Participants can expect to hear about promising new technologies, get caught up on the latest in R&D and commercialization and learn where new or established companies can look for financial and business support.
Source: Lock Haven University, Harrisburg University
Writer: Elise Vider