The Center for Materials for Information Technology provides a ten-week summer research experience in nanoscience and engineering for high school students. The students were between their junior and senior year or their sophomore and junior year and were interested in a career in scientific research. Each student had their own research project within the general theme of metal alloy nanoparticles. They were trained in safe laboratory practice and could prepare their own particles independently. Each used x-ray diffraction and SEM EDX to characterize the structure of their nanoparticles. They also identified potential applications for their particles such as magnetic recording, fuel cell catalysis and cancer therapy. Many of the students accomplished enough research to submit competitive entries to regional and national high school science fairs. Two were semi-finalists in the Siemens-Westinghouse Competition. Another won the West Alabama Science Fair and competed in the Intel International Science Fair. This program provided the high school students with a vision for the breadth and excitement of doing basic research in materials science.
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