NanoHU Pioneers: High School Summer Research Program

NanoHU Pioneers!

Summer Research Opportunities for High School Students 2017

NanoHU Pioneers 2013


***APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 28, 2017@ 4:00 pm***


The School of Science at Hampton University is pleased to provide summer research opportunities for high school students in the Hampton Roads area. The Nanoscience Transforming STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education at Hampton University (NanoHU) Program (funded by the National Science Foundation, or NSF), support a six-week (Mon-Fri) non-residential, research-intensive program where students are actively engaged projects in Interdisciplinary Nanoscience (NanoHU). The program aims to introduce participants to the practice of STEM-related, academic research in higher education. In so doing, active participants will learn about (1) emerging topics in science and technology that have global implications, and (2) the steps necessary to successfully contribute as professionals in the same. Students will conduct research under the supervision of a faculty research mentors, and go on field trips to local government laboratories (e.g. Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, NASA Langley, etc.). The summer program will culminate with a mandatory poster session where students will present the results of their summer research projects. Student participants may opt to continue their research throughout the subsequent academic year and are strongly encouraged to present their research results during the annual School of Science Research Day Symposium at Hampton University, which occurs during the spring semester.

Sponsored by:National Science Foundation (NSF)

Program Date: June 20, 201 – July 27, 2017

Application Forms

Application forms can be downloaded here:

(1)NanoHU Pioneers Summer 2017: Flyer

(2)NanoHU Pioneers Summer 2017: Application Form

Components of Program include:

  • Scientific research project with a faculty mentor
  • Field trips to local government laboratories
  • Guest speakers at seminars
  • On-campus experiences
  • Academic enrichment activity

NanoHU Pioneers Program Benefits

  • The program is fully funded by National Science Foundation with NO COST to the students
  • Participants will receive a stipend of $1,000 total ($333.33 every two-weeks) over the six-week period and upon successful completion of the program
  • Research programs, workshops, field trips, lunch, and all activities are provided at NO COST to all program participants
  • Knowledge of nanoscience, nanotechnology, interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) related careers
  • Exposure to campus life and the history of Hampton University
  • Opportunity to present research results
  • Certificate of Completion awarded upon successful completion of the program

Applicants must meet the following requirements

  • Be a rising 10th or 11th grader at the end of the current academic school year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 
  • Have successfully completed at least one course of high school algebra
  • Have a strong interests in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Be committed to complete a six-week non-residential program on the campus of Hampton University
  • Admission to the program is competitive and based on academic record, personal statement essay, and recommendations
  • Applicants must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a High School in the Hampton Roads area

How to Apply:

  1. Completed application form (please use this form) 
  2. One page personal statement that discusses your career aspirations, and your reasons for wanting to pursue a career in science, engineering or technology
  3. Three letters of recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your character, abilities and accomplishments:
    1. One from School Counselor
    2. One from a science teacher,
    3. One from a science or math teacher
  4. Current academic transcript (3.0 GPA Minimum)

E-mail application to:

Or Mail / hand deliver completed application packet to:

Mr. Brandon C. Parker
NanoHU Program Office
Turner Hall, Room 110,
Hampton University Hampton, VA 23668


Mr. Brandon C. Parker

Program Manager

Phone: (757) 728-6705


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