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Joule Fellowship

This Fellowship gives K-14 teachers from across Connecticut access to an intensive six-week summer engineering research program, and continued engagement throughout the school year including a generous stipend! Participants receive a $5,000 stipend, $1,500 in classroom materials, and up to $300 reimbursement for travel expenses.

UConn’s program focuses on performing research in engineering laboratories and participate in seminars and professional development activities, including networking with engineers from industry and academia. Teachers work closely with doctoral students and other teachers in a collaborative environment under the supervision of our excellent engineering faculty.

The Fellowship activities will allow the teachers to present the full range of engineering careers, disciplines, and core concepts to your students to improve their ability to make informed career choices. We will also help you integrate these projects into your curriculum in a practical manner.

The next upcoming Joule Fellows Program will kick off on July 5, 2017. During the second week of the program Joule fellows will participate in The daVinci Project (July 10- 14). The daVinci Project brings basic engineering activities into STEM classrooms. Please make sure to apply for daVinci Project  as well.

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UCONN mentor connection program:

UCONN mentor connection program

Formation of Nanoparticles – Controlling Size & Shape

Mentors: Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh, Associate Professor, Institute of Materials Science/Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; and Yan Xia & Ying Liu, Graduate Research Assistants

“Nanoparticles” are applicable in medical, sensing and optical researches due to their small sizes—in the range of nanometers (1 nanometer = a billionth of a meter). We have developed many lipid-based nanoparticles that have a variety of shapes (spheres, disks, long-ribbons, sheet-like) through self-assembly (that means the nanoparticles spontaneously forming by themselves). Our research group have established methods to control the size and shape of the nanoparticles. If you choose this site, you will have an opportunity to assist the scientists to obtain the knowledge of how molecular interactions and molecular architectures can be applied to control the shape and size of the nanoparticles, further advancing the nanobiotechnology.




Making “Nano-pockets” for Nanoparticles

Mentors: Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh, Associate Professor, Institute of Materials Science/Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; and Armin Tahmasbi Rad, Graduate Research Assistants

Nanometer (1 nanometer = a billionth of a meter) sized particles have many potential applications in biomedicines and biotechnologies. Because the small size of the particles greatly enhance the internalization of cancer cells (i.e., cancer cells love to “eat” them). Based on our well-established strategy to make self-assembled (i.e., spontaneously forming) lipid-based nanoparticles, we can wrap other nanoparticles (nano gold clusters, quantum dots and etc.) inside the lipid nanoparticles, which become nano-pockets. Then, the loaded nanopockets will have the potential to serve as biodiagnostic particles to detect cancer cells with a high sensitivity. If you choose this site, you will help the scientists in the research group to design such nano-pockets and understand how the loading nanoparticles affect the final shape and size of the nanopockets.UCONN mentor connection program.



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High School Teachers (through UCONN Joule Fellowship)

2016 summer: Donna Hertel, Sean Clayton

2015 summer: Philip Smith

High School Students (through UCONN Mentor Connection)

2015 summer: Zachary Steinberg, Niyaza Mammootty, Asma Mammootty, Song Hyeon, and Ashivini Melk

2013 summer: Suzzane Hyman

2012 summer: Oscar Barbour, Sahil Desai, Parth Shah, Bryan Weiner