Undergraduate Education Program

Trinity University

Jennifer Steele
San Antonio, TX
June 2012

The ability to see the structure of materials on a nanometer scale is visually stunning and plays an increasingly important role in many areas of scientific research. With this grant, a team at Trinity will acquire state of the art equipment that will allow their students to both image and analyze materials at the nanoscale, illuminating how the structure of these materials informs their function, and telling the story of how these materials were formed. They will purchase a scanning electron microscope with elemental analysis and cathodoluminescence, and two dynamic mode atomic force microscopes. These tools will provide powerful imaging and analytical capabilities for both the curriculum and faculty-led student research projects in physics and astronomy, chemistry, biology, geosciences and engineering science. One new course on nanotechnology fabrication methods will be developed, along with nanoscience lab modules for at least 14 existing courses across the STEM curriculum. The target audience for these curricular enhancements is not only science majors, but also non-science majors enrolled in general education classes. This project will also provide a structure, through faculty workshops and a select number of student research fellowships, for interactions that will spark further interdepartmental collaborations.

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