Graduate Student Group

Professor Kenis's Nano-CEMMS graduate student helps the 2007-08 NanoChallenge.
Professor Kenis's Nano-CEMMS graduate student helps the 2007-08 NanoChallenge.

A Nano-CEMMS Graduate Student Group was established to address the needs and interests of graduate students. This is a student-managed group with a Leadership Council to serve as organizers.

The Graduate Student Group meets monthly over lunch for research presentations, group discussions, lab tours, and social events. When asked what they liked about the group, over half sited a desire to interact with other graduate students and to gain new research ideas. And, a free meal is always popular with grad students!

The Nano-CEMMS Center goals for the Graduate Student Group are:

  • To provide opportunities for participant to see connections across disciplinary fields and research areas in nanoscience
  • To provide a forum for communication and collaboration among Nano-CEMMS graduate students
  • To create a student-driven organization that would help identify their needs in order to serve them better

Nano-CEMMS Graduate Student demonstrates micro-robotic deposition for the 2008-09 NanoChallenge high school researchers in Professor Alleyne's lab.
Nano-CEMMS Graduate Student demon-
strates micro-robotic deposition for the 2008-09 NanoChallenge high school researchers in
Professor Alleyne's lab.

All graduate students who are funded by the Center are members of the Graduate Student Group and are required to attend meetings.  Other graduate students who are affiliated with the Center also attend. Several students make up the Graduate Student Leadership Council which surveys students' interest in various topics and plans meetings and events for the group. Nano-CEMMS staff members handle meeting logistics. Research presentations by students and faculty offer a broad perspective of the Center's mission and activities. Guest speakers from industry and academia help students to focus on career preparation. Professional development topics range from effective communication to current nanomanufacturing trends in industry. The meetings also provide a forum for small group discussions and informal collaboration among the various disciplines and projects.

The Group plays an active role in planning and executing poster sessions and presentations for NSF site visits, Industrial Advisory meetings, and the College of Engineering Innovation Leadership Advisory Board Meetings. Graduate students also play vital roles in the education programs for undergraduates, middle and high school students, and teachers.