Principal's Scholars

A Principal's Scholar participant makes a robot during a control systems module.
A Principal's Scholar participant
makes a robot during a control systems module.

Nano-CEMMS, in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Materials for the Purification of Water with Systems (the WaterCAMPWS), presents an engineering strand for the Principal's Scholar Program (PSP) at the University of Illinois. Nano-CEMMS educators presented nanotechnology modules to students in this program.

The Principal's Scholars Program began in 1975 as a cooperative effort between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, private industry, school personnel, students and parents. The program now encompasses 41 high schools and 29 elementary/middle schools throughout the state of Illinois.

The Principal's Scholars Program seeks to:

  • Develop critical/analytical thinking skills
  • Enhance self-esteem and academic confidence
  • Prepare students to compete in the global world
  • Promote avid consistent parental involvement

Academic excellence is the underlying theme of this program; therefore, all participants must take a college preparatory curriculum, maintain a "B" average or better during their tenure in elementary/middle/high school and, along with their parents, be consistent program participants.

The Principal's Scholar Program offers qualified students exposure to a variety of special educational, cultural, and social opportunities, including academic research modules, academic competitions, summer enrichment experiences, field trips, campus visits, and recreational activities.