Group members are involved in a wide range of outreach activities that connect our research with K-12 students, teachers, and the general public.

Wisconsin State Legislature Special Committee on Nanotechnology: This special committee of the Wisconsin State Legislature was charged with examining the human health and environmental concerns related nanomaterials and to develop strategies to facilitate the safe use of nanotechnology in Wisconsin. A part of our efforts was devoted to identifying ways in which the government of Wisconsin can help nanotechnology researchers, small firms, and start-ups address potential risks and meet regulatory requirements The final recommendations of the committee can be viewed here.

High School Summer Science Internships: Since 2002 we have routinely had high school students conducting full-time research in our group during the summer.  Most of these students come through the Madison Metropolitan School District Summer Science Intern Progam, run by Rachel Egan. The  MMSD Science Research Internship Program places outstanding high school students into university research laboratories for full-time summer research. 

Pictures of some of the former high school students who conducted summer research projects.

Here are some the student abstracts from prior years:

2002: Kate Skog
2003: Paresh Agarwal
2004: Jesse Benck:
2005: Eric Mayer  (MMSD Science Intern) 
2006: Eric Meyer (back for a secnd year!)
2007: Brian Ji (MMSD Science Intern) 
2008: Bennett Mortenson (MMSD Science Intern) 
2009: Alex Huhn (MMSD Science Intern) 
2010: Pratyusha (Priya) Kalluri (MMSD Science Intern) 
2011: Sohil Shah (MMSD Science Intern) and Nichols Pasternack (individual internship)
2012: Sohil Shah (MMSD Science intern)
2013: Newton Wolve and Max Jetzer (MMSD Science Interns)