Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP)


A Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) is offered by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) Graduate Group at the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute (BNNI). During the program high school students have the opportunity to do hands-on scientific investigations in a dynamic research environment. The students work with graduate student researchers in NSE faculty laboratories, gaining first-hand experience n how science and engineering research is conducted. The program lasts four weeks, from June 18 to July 13. SHARP students spend eight hours a day (8:30-5:30) in the laboratory and/or in related meetings.

Program Overview: Each SHARP student spends Monday-Thursday working with her/his own graduate student mentor on a research project. Research project topics will all be related to the engineering and study of microscopically small (nanometer scale) structures and materials.  These projects will be located in physics, chemistry, bio-engineering, and materials labs, as well as chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineering labs. On Fridays, there are lab classes in semiconductor processing, experimental design, data analysis, presentation skills, as well as computer workshops and various sports activities. Guest speakers are also scheduled. Students have group meetings to discuss their research progress every week under the direction of an experienced high-school science teacher.

Selection Criteria: The program is open to students in the 11th grade living in the Berkeley area during the summer.The selection process includes two steps: application review and personal interview. Application packages are reviewed by a committee consisting of NSE faculty members and staff. The selection criteria include: (1) Interest in science/engineering activities that matches work going on in NSE, (2) Ability to participate as a responsible and effective team member and the ability to communicate, and (3) Experience in previous science courses and in previous jobs (including volunteer work).