As progress for nanotechnology research and development picks up speed, more and more universities in the U. S. are beginning to offer degree programs in nanotechnology. These programs now range from minor and majors in nanotechnology to Masters' programs to PhD's in any number of nanotechnology-related fields.
For those students seeking a higher education at a college or university that doesn’t offer a degree in nanoscience, a student could choose to go into chemistry, physics, engineering, biology, IT, or another technology fields. With the help of a college advisor or a trusted professor or mentor, students can navigate college-level science courses to learn a great deal about nanotechnology. And keep in mind that the further you get in your education, the greater the options and choices that become available to you.
Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships, and Postdoctoral Positions
NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) — The goal of NSTRF is to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration and economic future. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative, space-technology research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers and/or at nonprofit U.S. Research and Development (R&D) laboratories. Awards are made in the form of training grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees, with the faculty advisor serving as the principal investigator.
NASA Postdoctoral Program — NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.
National Nanofabrication Infrastructure Network's Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NNIN REU) — This NSF sponsored program takes places each Summer. Engineering and science students with a genuine interest in nanotechnology are eligible if they are not graduating before the end of the program in August. Also, applicants must be Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States. Minority and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program — All six of the NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD, participate in SURF programs. For example, the Materials Measurement Laboratory (MML) and the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) SURF program is designed to provide hands-on research experience in Ceramics, Metallurgy, Polymers, Condensed Matter Science, and Materials Reliability; available research opportunities in the MML/NCNR SURF program include structural and magnetic properties of nanomaterials. NIST also offers SURF research opportunities in Boulder, CO.
NSF's NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates— Recognized as a model for international education programs for science and engineering students, NanoJapan provides U.S. undergraduates with structured research opportunities in Japanese university laboratories with Japanese mentors. The strong educational portfolio of this project focuses on cultivating interest in nanotechnology among young U.S. undergraduate students, especially those from underrepresented groups, and encouraging such students to pursue graduate study and academic research in the physical sciences.
Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program — Established in 2000 to fund basic research in areas of interest to the Intelligence Community, today, the program annually funds first- and second-year postdoctoral fellows researching topics as varied as molecular biology and robotics.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Training — NIH/NIBIB training opportunities are geared for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral candidates. See also the NIBIB Funding page and the NIH Training and Education page.
CeNIDE Nano Summer Program takes place at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. This seven-week international academic program focuses on nanotechnology. It is designed for outstanding students from all over the world in their third to fifth academic year with a major in science or engineering.
Below is a list of degree programs, including Bachelors degrees with majors, minors and concentrations; Masters degrees; and PhD programs.
Bachelor Degree Programs
Boston University - Concentration in nanotechnology
Clarion University – Minor in nanotechnology
Drexel University – BSc Materials Engineering with Specialization Nanotechnology
Excelsior College - B.S. in Electrical Engineering Tech with Nanotechnology concentration
Georgia Tech - B.S. in Electrical Engineering with Nanosystems Specialization
Hampton University - Minor in Nanoscience
Johns Hopkins University - B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, concentration in nanotechnology
Lock Haven University - B.S. in Applied Physics (Nanotechnology Track)
Louisiana Tech University – B.S. in Nanosystems Engineering
Michigan Technological University – B.S. in Physics with minor in nanotechnology
New Jersey Institute of Technology - Minor in nanotechnology
North Carolina State University, “NANO@NCState” program - B.S. with nanotechnology concentration
Northwestern University – B.S. in Physics with Nanoscale Physics Concentration
Oregon State University - B.S. in Chemical Engineering with nanotechnology processes option
Pennsylvania State University - Minor in nanotechnology; Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology capstone semester
Rice University – B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with Concentration in Photonics and Nanodevices, or B.S. in Materials Science and Nanoengineering
Rutgers University — B.S. program in Materials Science and Engineering with a focus on nanomaterials
Stanford University - B.S. Materials Science and Engineering with nanotechnology concentration
University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) – B.S. in Nanoscale Science or Engineering
University of California, Riverside – B.S. in Materials Science with a concentration in nanomaterials and sensors; B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a concentration in nanotechnology; B.S. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering with a nanotechnology concentration
University of California, San Diego – B.S. Nanoengineering
University of Central Florida – B.S. in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology track in Liberal Studies
University of Maryland, Materials Science and Engineering – Interdisciplinary minor in nanotechnology
University of Tulsa, Institute of Nanotechnology – B.S. with a Specialization in nanotechnology
Pennsylvania State University, Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Capstone Semester – Minor in nanotechology
Masters Degree Programs
Arizona State University – Professional Science Master (PSM) in Nanoscience and M.A. in Applied Ethics (Ethics and Emerging Technologies)
Johns Hopkins University – M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with Nanotechnology Option
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (collaborative project of North Carolina A&T State Univ. and Univ. of North Carolina Greensboro) – M.S. in Nanoscience and M.S. in Nanoengineering
Louisiana Tech University – M.S. in Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology
North Dakota State University – M.S. in Materials and Nanotechnology
Princeton University — see Rutgers listing for joint program
Radiological Technologies University VT (Indiana) – M.S. in Nanomedicine
Rice University, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology – Professional Science Master (PSM) in Nanoscale Physics
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Princeton University- Intergrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT) in Nanotechnology for Clean Energy
Singapore-MIT Alliance – M.Eng. Advanced Materials for Micro- and Nano-Systems
Stevens Institute of Technology – M.Eng. with Nanotechnology Concentration and M.S. with Nanotechnology Concentration
University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) – Nanoscience/Nanoengineering + MBA program; M.S. degrees with Nanoscale Science and Nanoscale Engineering tracks
University of California, Riverside – M.S. Nanoengineering
University of California, San Diego – M.S. Nanoengineering
Univeristy of New Mexico – M.S. in Nanoscience and Microsystems
University of Pennsylvania – M.S. in Nanotechnology
University of Texas at Austin – MSc Engineering Nanomaterials Thrust
University of Tulsa, Institute of Nanotechnology – M.S. with a Specialization in nanotechnology
Ph.D. Degree Programs
Brown University – Nano/Micromechanics Laboratory
City University of New York, Chemistry Department
California Institute of Technology (CalTech) – Materials and Process Simulation Center
Clemson University – The Laboratory for Nanomedicine
Cornell University – The Nanobiotechnology Center and Cornell Nanofabrication Facility Home Page
Florida Institute of Technology -- Division of Engineering Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology -- Nanocrystal Research Laboratory and Nanostructure Optoelectronics
Iowa State University -- Ames Laboratory Condensed Matter Physics Group (Department of Energy)
Johns Hopkins University – Institute for NanoBioTechnology
Kansas State University -- Visual Quantum Mechanics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- NanoStructures Laboratory
Michigan State University -- The Nanotube Site
New Jersey Institute of Technology -- Niche Programs: Nanotechnology
New York University -- Nadrian C. Seeman's Laboratory
North Carolina State University – “NANO@NCState” program
Northeastern University, NSF’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) - Ph.D. in Nanomedicine
Princeton University -- Nanostructure Laboratory
Purdue University -- Graduate Level Courses in Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -- Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
Rice University -- Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology – Nanoscience and Engineering program
Stanford University -- Stanford Nanofabrication Facility and NanoCenter
Stevens Institute of Technology -- Nanotechnology Graduate Program
University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)
University of Arizona -- Prof. Srin Manne's AFM Lab
University of Chicago -- University of Chicago Materials Center
University of Cincinnati -- Nanoelectronics Laboratory
University of Connecticut -- Institute of Materials Science
University of Delaware -- Department of Chemical Engineering, Center for Molecular Engineering Thermodynamics & The NanoFabrication Facility
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- Beckman Institute Home Page and the Micro- and Nanotechnology Laboratory
University of Michigan -- Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences
University of Nebraska -- Department of Electrical Engineering, Quantum Device Laboratory
University of New Mexico - Nanoscience and Microsystems
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- North Carolina Center for Nanoscale Materials and The Nanomanipulator Project
University of North Carolina Greensboro/ North Carolina A&T University Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
University of North Carolina at Charlotte -- Ph.D. Program in Nanoscale Science
University of Notre Dame -- Center for Nano Science and Technology and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for Sustainability Laboratory
University of Southern California -- Laboratory for Molecular Robotics
University of South Florida -- Nanomedicine Research Center and Center for Molecular Diversity in Drug Design, Discovery and Delivery, (CMD5)
University of Texas at Austin -- Texas Materials Institute
University of Utah – Certificate in Nanotechnology while earning science field Ph.D.
University of Washington -- Molecular Sciences and Engineering Institute - NanoTech User Facility
University of Wisconsin Madison -- Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington State University -- School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Yale University -- School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
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