EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES. In today’s technological landscape, where benefits of nanoscale research are being touted by every level of government and industry, graduates with interdisciplinary education and research experience are in demand. For example, Mihail Roco of NSF states in a Nature article that “a key challenge for nanotechnology development is the education and training of a new generation of skilled workers in the multidisciplinary perspectives necessary for rapid progress of the new technology”. VINSE and Vanderbilt have demonstrated their commitment and leadership to this ideal by building and promoting a program that emphasizes interdisciplinary education. Vanderbilt students will be some of the first to fill this scientific/engineering deficit.
VINSE and Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Materials Science (IGPMS). VINSE is aligned with IGPMS, the basic materials science graduate program at Vanderbilt. The curriculum of IGPMS is built around a large variety of departmental courses to offer graduate level education in the fundamental underpinning of nanoscale science and engineering. See www.ims.vanderbilt.edu .
Traditional Departments: Students wishing to work within VINSE scientific areas can apply for admissions either through the IGMPS program or through the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, and all Engineering departments.
Minor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Faculty in the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Science offer an interdisciplinary minor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The minor is administered by the School of Engineering.
To review the requirements for the minor in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology go to the Vanderbilt undergraduate catalog. If you like to talk with someone from our office about the minor please contact Professor Paul Laibinis or the VINSE administrative office.