California NanoSystems Institute
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California NanoSystems Institute
in collaboration with UCLA Design|Media Arts
Sci | Art NanoLab
June 20 - July 1, 2011

Imagine the "Impossible"

The Sci | Art NanoLab is a highly competitive summer program for high school students interested in collaborating with diverse and notable minds to challenge traditional, polarized perspectives of the arts and sciences. This program is open to high school students who are graduating seniors or will be juniors and seniors in the fall. Throughout the 2-week intensive program, students will make connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts. Lab visits, workshops, hands-on experiments, and meetings with world renowned scientists will be balanced with visits to museums, daily movie screenings and meetings with famous contemporary artists who collaborate with scientists.

Throughout the two weeks, students will be developing presentations of group research projects in which they imagine the "impossible".

Sponsored by UCLA's Art | Sci Center, Department of Design | Media Arts and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), the Sci | Art Nanolab focuses on multi-disciplinary collaborations exploring the possibilities and implications of scientific and technological innovation. Students will be introduced to a wide spectrum of possibilities of nanotechnology such as going beyond the powers of 10, nanomaterials, and applications of nanotech for the environment. Nanotechnology applications currently being studied involve optics, materials, and new devices. Occurring in tandem with the Design | Media Arts Summer Institute at the Broad Arts Center, young scientists have an opportunity to be visionary while building active relationships with artists. They will visit labs researching nanoscale biosensors and electronic materials, inorganic hybrid materials, energy storage, functional solids and gyroscopes, enzyme design and molecular containers and molecular nanostructures to name a few.

Admission to the program is by instructor consent. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to submit a 500-word essay. Click here to view essay topics. This program is almost full, please apply early to secure a spot, registration will remain open until filled. Although not required, we strongly encourage students to submit a Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor. Recommenders may submit their comments via email to:

2011 Program

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