A specific "NanoScience degree" is not offered at UCF and undergraduate students are encouraged to enroll in a traditional discipline such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology etc. If you wish to pursue a masters or doctorate in their chosen field, they may work with a faculty member within the NanoScience Technology Center or with one of our joint of affiliate faculty members in a partnering college on a nano-related project. The degree awarded is that of a traditional discipline, with a focus in NanoScience technology. The University of Central Florida has several academic departments that offer degrees with nano-related courses.
These departments and courses can be found by following the links below.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The NanoScience Technology Center suppports a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) with a program in which offers student research experiences that cover a range of topics in nanoscale science and engineering across a range of disciplines. For more information click here!
“REU gave me chance to see how a lab works. . .
“My name is Sheba. I came to UCF for summer of 2008 for REU and worked in Treen's (Dr. Qun Huo) lab on gold nanoparticles. I met you a couple of times that summer. I met Ajay Karakoti at the ACS meeting last week. It was great to see Ajay and see that he is doing well. He gave me some good advice/suggestions about grad school. When I met him, I realized that I never updated you on how REU was pivotal to my life.
I am now a chemistry graduate student in Dr. Roger Leblanc's lab in University of Miami. Dr. Leblanc was also Treen's professor when she was in grad school. My area is surface chemistry and I mainly work with Langmuir monolayers. I look at protein/amyloid conformations at air-water interface. I also work with quantum dots/nanoparticles (CdSe/Zns, CdS, Au, Ag...) and how their conjugation to protein increases/decreases protein fiber formation. I am now working on a project where I am synthesizing quantum dots and nanoparticles by using proteins as a reducing agent.
Prior to REU, I never experienced a working environment in a lab. REU gave me chance to see how a lab works< and being at UCF for that summer played a huge role in the decision to go to graduate school. So, thank you Dr. Seal for giving me the chance to be a part of REU.”