Applications of Nanoscience Summer Institute


Participants of the Applications of Nanoscience Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • Chemistry 7 – Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Laboratory (2 Units)

The Applications of Nanoscience course is designed for high school students to learn the basics of pursing a scientific research project. Students will explore important applications of nanoscience, learn the basics of reviewing existing scientific literature, and go through the process of proposing a research project in pursue of new scientific data.

During this two-week program, students have the unique opportunity to explore questions similar to those currently investigated by the scientific community. The program involves hands-on experiments that combine vigorous scientific methodologies and techniques with projects that are both fun and exciting. Moreover, students will work on a team project to experience the process of proposing a scientific research. At the end of this program, students will better understand what makes nanoscience and nanotechnology one of the most exciting fields of research today, how to read a technical journal article, and the basic skills for proposing a new scientific research project.


SARAH TOLBERT is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA. Research in her group focuses on self-organized nanoscale materials and includes both organic templated inorganic phases and colloidal materials. Current work in her group is aimed at understanding and controlling structure and periodicity in complex nanostructured composite materials, and in exploiting that periodicity for a range of structural, optical, and electronic materials applications. Projects in Prof. Tolbert's group range from examination of nanoscale phase transitions in surfactant templated inorganic solids to the designed assembly of electro-active composite materials. Professor Tolbert's honors include a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Development Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

The course is built around five nanoscience experiments. The sciences underlying each experiment will be explored through the guidance of a team of PhD candidates and/or Postdoctoral Scholars, under the direction of Professor Tolbert.


Applications of Nanoscience schedule.

Applications of Nanoscience sample syllabus.


Participants of the Applications of Nanoscience Summer Institute will be awarded 2 units of Pass/No Pass credit after the successful completion of the program.

As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. This program is offered on a P/NP grading basis. The following grades are used to report the quality of student work for this program:

P Passed (achievement at grade C level or better; used only for undergraduate study
NP Not Passed (used only for undergraduate study)
I Incomplete
DR Deferred Report
NR No grade was received from the instructor


Courses in which students receive a P grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements, but these grades, as well as DR, I, and NR, are disregarded in determining a grade-point average.

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.

For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.


Grades earned during the summer are recorded on an official University of California transcript. Students can view grades on MyUCLA no later than August 13.

The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. The transcript lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order. Note: Official transcripts are NOT automatically sent to you or your home institution.

Students are assessed a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma, and much more. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form in person at the Registrar's Office. Additional charges may be assessed. Transcript Request Forms can be also picked up at 1113 Murphy Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Current or incoming UC students will have all UCLA summer activity appear automatically on the home UC campus transcript, and the grades earned at UCLA are included in the home UC campus grade-point average.

Program Dates

JULY 8 - JULY 20, 2018

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Summer Institutes Registration Opens

MARCH 1 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students application available

MAY 1: Full Payment via MyUCLA due for Precollege Summer Institutes

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline for Precollege Summer Institutes

JULY 8-20: Applications of Nanoscience Summer Institute