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Nanomedicine Outreach


A very successful outreach program has been put together by students in the Intergrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program at Northeastern University. The Nanomedicine IGERT trainees have developed an educational program to introduce local area high school students and teachers to nanotechnology. ?Introduction to Nanoworld? is a lecture and laboratory demonstration of how nanotechnology can be used in medicine. To date, participants include middle school students from Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, high school students in the Young Scholars Program and K-12 teachers from the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program. Participants synthesized magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and explored the use of these in diagnostics, biological imaging, drug delivery and therapeutics. The students were challenged to probe the journey of nanomedicine to the clinic, considering future implications and current obstacles.

Address Goals

Participation in outreach activities is a key component of the Intergrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) students in this National Science Foundation (NSF) supported program. IGERT trainees, as a group, have put together a remarkable, interesting and informative set of activities that include a laboratory experience for high students to kindle their interest in nanotechnology.