Workforce Development

Young Scholars showing off their wearable device at the annual summer research symposium. This initiative is part of our early STEM education program.

To help create the next pipeline of future engineers, ASSIST provides educational programs and resources for middle schoolers to graduate students. There are four primary areas of activity:

  1. Funding undergraduate research opportunities
  2. Offering academic programs and courses (Graduate Certificate in NanoSystems Engineering + Undergraduate Minor in Nanoscience and Technology)
  3. Providing opportunities for professional and translational skill development
  4. K-12 community outreach

Making an Impact

  • The Wearable Device Challenge has grown in participation from 8 students in 2015 to a total of 73 students in 2019. Since 2016, the event has included Middle and High School divisions.
  • 115+ Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Participants
  • 100+ Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • 68% of REU and fellowship program participants are still enrolled in their current degree programs
    • 64% have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in STEM fields
    • 36% are employed in a STEM industry