A NanoChallenge high school researcher working in the laboratory.
A NanoChallenge researcher working in the laboratory.

NanoChallenge targets high-achieving students with an aptitude for science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Selected students are invited to our Center to attend orientation sessions, receive laboratory and technology training and participate in a hands-on research project. Students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and work under the guidance of our team of scientists, professors, engineering students and Nano-CEMMS education staff.

To be eligible for NanoChallenge, students must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently a junior in high school
  • Interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics
  • Nominated for this program by a high school teacher, counselor, principal or program director

NanoChallenge participants will conduct research once a week after school at the Nano-CEMMS center at the University of Illinois, typically on Mondays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Students will work as engineers and engage in research on a current topic in nanoscience. NanoChallenge will not meet during school breaks and vacations.

Participation in NanoChallenge at UIUC is extended to, but not limited to, students who are African American, Native American Indian, Mexican American, Puerto Rican and female.

We are not currently accepting NanoChallenge applications.