Education and outreach activities are central to the MONT mission to increase use of the facility by students, faculty, and visiting scholars, and to increase awareness about nanotechnology by the general public. Specific objectives of the E&O effort are to: (1) reach out to companies invested in nanoscience research to facilitate technology transfer as a regional and national economic driver, and (2) increase awareness about the impacts and potential of nanoscience to the interested public, (3) create mentoring and internship opportunities for students working in the MSU NNCI program, and (4) Provide professional development opportunities and opportunities for interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Specific E&O activities will include the following:

  • Short courses and training for new users; one week in-residence courses will be offered to give participants first-hand experience in nanomanufacturing and nano-scale chemical and physical characterization of materials;
  • Short courses for K-12 science teachers; continuing education of teachers will be offered through MSU’s Master of Science in Science Education program;
  • Annual 1-day workshop for representatives of regional industries who are invested in nanotechnology (biotechnology, materials research, environmental science) to introduce their representatives to the opportunities provided by the MONT Facility and NNCI network, and to begin to build collaborative working relations with these companies.
  • Webinars:  quarterly webinars will be offered on topics of interest related to a) modern methods used in nanotechnology and b) applications to topics of interest (e.g., corrosion, bio-adhesion). These webinars will be offered using the teleconferencing servies of the MSU Burns Telecommunications Center to support distance learning across the NNCI network.
  • Web Portal to support Instruction on Nanotechnology Across the Curriculum:  Digital library technologies will be used to support a broad array of learning resources on nanotechnology such as “primers” on modern analytical methods, introduction to topics in applied nanotechnology (e.g.,  nanofabrication, biofilms), profiles of researchers and their research programs to introduce students and the public to the questions, approaches and outcomes of nanotechnology research, and recommended instructional activities that integrate the basic science, pedagogic methods, assessments and related resources.