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Posted: June 22, 2009
NanoBusiness Talent Fellowship Program enters its second year
(Nanowerk News) The NanoBusiness Alliance today announced its 2009 Talent Fellowship winners have completed their weeklong training at Argonne National Laboratories and will begin their research internships at leading Chicago area nanotechnology companies this week.
The NanoBusiness Talent Fellowship, in its second year, aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs by engaging them in translational nanotechnology research at leading nanotechnology companies. Talent fellows were chosen from among the top junior and senior students in the Chicago area for their passion for science and their potential to contribute significantly to research and innovation in emerging technology as they move forward in their careers.
Eight teens have been named 2009 Talent Fellows and have been matched with nanotechnology companies as interns for the summer:
Abigail Chao, Illinois Math and Science Academy - Advanced Diamond Technologies
Kevin Chen, Illinois Math and Science Academy - Ohmx
Zachary Epstein, Adlai E. Stevenson High School - NanoIntegris
Yifei Huang, Illinois Math and Science Academy - NanoInk
Kai-Le Moy, Glenbrook North High School - Questek
Michael Pearlman, New Trier High School - Nanosphere
Paul Schied, Lyons Township High School - Nanotope
Fangzhou Yu, Adlai E. Stevenson High School - NanoInk
Finalists and Fellowship winners participated in a training camp held in conjunction with the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory. This nanotechnology “boot-camp” was designed to provide hands-on training with many of the instruments and techniques used in nanoscience research and to provide an opportunity for the aspiring scientists to interact with the center’s premier scientists. Students learned to manipulate and examine matter at the nanoscale level and observed how researchers leverage the unique properties at this size-scale to create novel inventions.
The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, and Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract Number DE-AC02-06CH11357, support the use of the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory.
The Fellowship winners will begin their eight-week internships today, which will culminate in a public presentation to be held from 5-8 pm on August 13, 2009 at the Illinois Science and Technology Park.
This is the 2nd year of a 3 year pilot for the NanoBusiness Talent program, after which the NanoBusiness Alliance expects to implement a national roll-out of the program.