Rensselaer Initiatives cont.
Rensselaer Nanotechnology Institute
Rensselaer’s one week Nanotechnology Curriculum Development Institute offers school districts an effective way to introduce nanotechnology into biology, chemistry, physics, or technology courses. Lectures, discussion, and lab exercises are led by Rensselaer’s leading experts from the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary, and Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. Topics focus on “What is nano?” “How does it impact our world?” “How do I teach it to my students?” The program also includes industry tours to local nanotechnology manufacturing facilities.
Rensselaer Science and Technology Entry Program
Through the STEP program, 150 underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students in five area middle and high schools develop problem-solving skills and a broad knowledge base prior to entry into post-secondary schools. Funded by Rensselaer and the New York State Education Department, STEP aims to increase access to and retention in scientific, technical, engineering, and health professions by offering a range of after-school enrichment activities, summer programs, research opportunities on college campuses and industry, and career development experiences.
In an effort to provide younger students with access to resources, mentorship, and an interactive experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as creative writing and theater, several summer enrichment programs are available for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Some of the flagship offerings involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines include: the aerospace engineering summer career exploration, the architecture career discovery program, the computer game development academy, and the chemistry summer exploration program.
Begun by Rensselaer students in the fall of 2001, this reading and math tutoring program coordinated by the Dean of Students Office is offered in association with America Reads and America Counts. Free tutoring services are offered for local students grades K-9 each Saturday in two locations including the Lansingburgh Library and the School 14 cafeteria.
Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP)
In 2008, the National Science Foundation awarded $3 million over five years to an alliance of upstate colleges and universities, including Rensselaer, to enroll and graduate more minority students from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree programs. In response to pressing local needs and national goals, the Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) was formed to attract and maximize the potential of students from African-American, Latino American, and Native American (AALANA) populations. The funding supports a comprehensive array of academic, research, and support programs for undergraduate students. Specific initiatives include: funding to attend and participate in various national and regional conferences, stipends for undergraduate research and related supplies, and GRE, GMAT, and MCAT test preparation. In addition, the grant will provide support for up to 12 high school students to attend a six-week residential pre-college summer enrichment program at Rensselaer.
At Rensselaer cont.:
3/5/2008: Rensselaer To Participate in ExxonMobil Bernard Harris 2008 Summer Science Camps
2/9/2008: Rensselaer Hosts Tenth Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day
1/3/2008: NSF Grant To Help Upstate Colleges Recruit Minority Students Into STEM Fields
3/27/2007: CIPCE Showcase at the Capitol
2/12/2007: Rensselaer Hosts Ninth Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day
2/7/2007: Web-Based Programs Designed To Bolster Student Interest in Computing