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EASIS Summer Camp 2015

Once again, CIAN at the University of Arizona, hosted 16 Navajo and Hopi Native American High School students from Winslow Unified School District in Winslow, AZ. This year’s Expect Academic Success in STEM (EASIS) summer camp took place between June 22-26 and was five days of fast-paced optics and engineering activities! The summer camp would not have been possible without the huge amount of support from CIAN and UA College of Optical Science faculty, students, and staff. Additionally, we received exciting giveaways for the students from CIAN IAB partners VPIphotonics and Northrop Grumman.

See the slideshow below for a sample of the many activities students participated in to learn about optical engineering.

Interested in participating in EASIS 2016? We’re accepting applications for all students!

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Scott Tan Attends MRS Spring Conference 2015

After a long flight from London, it was nice to return to the US for the annual Materials Research Society Spring Conference held in sunny San Francisco. Thousands of professionals, enthusiasts, and students gathered from around the world for presentations, events, and exhibits, spanning across two conference hotels and the enormous Moscone West Convention Center. It was an incredible experience, and I am very thankful for such an amazing opportunity.

At the end of Summer 2014 with Dr. Gangopadhyay, Dr. Balakrishnan, and Alex Alvara (another IOU-NA participant)

At the end of Summer 2014 with Dr. Gangopadhyay, Dr. Balakrishnan, and Alex Alvara (another IOU-NA participant)

On Monday, the conference started off with tutorial sessions on a wide variety of interesting topics. I attended a workshop on biomolecular motors for nanodevices, and then a session about characterizing nanowires. That night, I got to attend the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, which is one of the most coveted awards in materials science, right below the Nobel Prize. This year’s winner, Dr. Hongyou Fan, presented his research developing a new technique to synthesize nanomaterials. Continue reading

Light and Opportunity in the Southwest: My Experience with the Hooked on Photonics REU at UA

I believe that our interactions with light are amongst some of the most powerful and memorable experiences that one can have. Even our subtle interactions with light outside of the lab can have an extremely profound effect on the way we think and perceive the world. One of the most profound ways that light permeates our everyday language is in our use of light as a metaphor to clarify a concept. Words such as illuminate, illustrate, and enlighten make sense to us because of our everyday experience with light from childhood. When a new explanation of some phenomena comes to our attention, we may say that some light has been shed on the subject. In the lab, the interaction between light and matter can provide us with a great amount of information about the characteristics of our universe and applications for new types of technology. In the laboratory, we are put into a unique situation. Not only is light used to reveal the properties of materials and objects around us, but also the concept and properties of light itself are revealed or even can be said to be illuminated.

College of Opt Sci Sculpture

Mirror Glass Sculpture Outside College of Optical Sciences

I started optical science research in my junior year of college. When I found out that I had been accepted as a participant in the Hooked on Photonics REU program at UA, I was very excited. The furthest west I had ever traveled in the United States was Illinois, so the REU seemed like a perfect opportunity for the summer. UA has a historically strong program for optics, so I was looking forward to being part of such an immersive optics experience. After the program, I remember reading through the October issue of the OSA publication Optics and Photonics News and coming across the feature article on the 50th Anniversary of the College of Optical Sciences at UA written by Dean Thomas Koch. His description of the Arizona sky and the “blue-sky thinking” that characterizes the institution and its hosted programs completely reflects my memory of my summer experience. Continue reading

Research in Optics for K-14 Educators and Teachers (ROKET) RET Program

APPLY FOR THE ROKET RET PROGRAM

Application Deadline: February 13, 2015

WHAT IS CIAN?

CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, a ten-university Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF. CIAN is working towards creating transformative optical technologies to enable an affordable faster internet for the future.

DSC_5184WHAT IS ROKET?

IMG_1380Tammie Bowman and Janet SchafferThe Research in Optics for K-14 Educators and Teachers (ROKET) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is designed for educators of Native American students. This includes teachers on reservation schools as well as teachers with a majority classroom population of Native American students. The program takes place at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, AZ.

This 6-week summer program runs from June to July and is a hands-on research experience for teachers to experience a lab setting and pursue their own project in a top tier research lab. Teachers will also have the opportunity to:

  • participate in a workshop with Dr. Gregory Cajete on “Science Curriculum in Native American Education,”
  • create an original STEM lesson plan that is relevant to Native American students,
  • participate in the Optics Research Workshop,
  • gain three hours of graduate credit (continuing education) by participating in the American Indian Language Development Institute (aildi.arizona.edu)

STIPEND

A stipend of $5,400 and housing and travel is provided. Additionally, a classroom supply budget of $1,500 is awarded at the successful completion of the program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Full-time teachers employed by a school that primarily serves Native American students (must confirm upcoming school year employment). K-12 teachers and community college faculty in a scientific discipline with an interest in increasing their knowledge of scientific research and bringing advanced information about optics, electronics, physics, materials science, and engineering into their classrooms are encouraged to apply.

APPLY FOR THE ROKET RET PROGRAM

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 13, 2015

SEE THE FLYER!

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION

Letter of Recommendation from School Principal (or comparable authority) & Professional of your choice

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writers, or emailed directly by the letter writers. The Principal or equivalent authority of your institute must include in his or her letter confirmation of your position for the coming school year.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

APPLY TO THE IOU-NA PROGRAM!

Application Deadline: February 13, 2015

WHAT IS CIAN?

CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, an Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF that consists of research labs at 10 different universities. CIAN offers a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduate Native American students interested in exploring optics and photonics, as well as hydrology, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, or environmental sciences. (See a slideshow of the Summer 2014 IOU-NA at the bottom of this page).

WHAT IS IOU-NA?

IOU_NA_002The Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed for Native American students interested in participating in hands-on research opportunities in top laboratories in optics and photonics, as well as in hydrology, astronomy, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, and environmental sciences. Selected students are paired with a research project complementing their interests and goals.

CSC_5743IOU-NA students will also participate in Native American focused workshops facilitated by University of Arizona’s Native American-serving entities, gain hands-on experience in CIAN’s culturally relevant two-week Native American focused Optics Research Workshop (ORW), attend presentations given by Native American STEM graduate students and faculty, as well as participate in other activities designed to support Native American Undergraduate students.

STIPEND

A stipend of $5,000 is available for successful participation in the full 10-week program. Additionally, travel to and from the university at the start and close of the program will be covered as well as housing on campus during the 10-weeks of the program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Native American undergraduates, attending a two or four-year college or tribal college, of all levels majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). Minimum 3.0 GPA required, on a 4.0 scale. US Citizenship or permanent residency is also required.

APPLY TO THE IOU-NA PROGRAM!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 13, 2015

 

SEE THE FLYER!

READ ABOUT PAST STUDENTS EXPERIENCES

Solianna Herrera – Atmospheric Sciences, “My Experience with CIAN’s IOU-NA program”
Robert Castellanos – Optics, “A Packed Schedule – “Plunging into academics with CIAN”

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION

Letter of Recommendation

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writer, or emailed directly by the letter writer. Please give your letter writer this form to complete.

Official Transcript

Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

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2014 SACNAS National Conference Update

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Every year the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (aka SACNAS) hosts a national conference in the hopes of gathering various universities, scientific organizations, scientists, researchers, and future researchers together to share ideas and help students that belong in minority ethnic groups get the edge they need to make it in today’s academic world.

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This years SACNAS Conference was held in Los Angeles and I was there to experience the conference amenities and share with potential candidates my experience in the REU program I participated in over the summer. If you would like to read about my experience in the Integrated Optics for Undergraduate-Native Americans program click here.

The conference ran from October 16th-18th, and was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which to my surprise was right next door to the famous Staples Center.

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The view when you first walk into the convention.

The first day, I focused on going to professional development meetings and some lectures I found interesting. Continue reading

My experience with CIAN’S IOU-NA program

Learn more about the IOU-NA REU program and apply!

From Florida to Arizona

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The morning of March 24th, I got a phone call from Amee Hennig, the education and outreach manager from CIAN. She had called to say that I got accepted to CIAN’s IOU-NA program. A program designed to help Native American Undergraduate students from across the US, become an integral part of the research experience, specifically in the Optical Science department at the University of Arizona.

Arizona? When I applied to the program, I was not looking forward to the idea of spending the summer in Arizona, but I had always wanted to visit the land of my people. I was reminded that I had prayed for this a while ago, so I kept an open mind and decided to focus on the opportunity at hand instead. Even before I stepped foot into Tucson, CIAN was there to help me every step of the way.

So I got on a plane and headed to Tucson. Continue reading