Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute

The Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute has been cancelled for summer 2021.




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

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

At the Nanoscience Lab, students will learn some of the key concepts of nanoscience and nanotechnology, through seminars, hands-on experiments, analyzing collected data, and seeing the instruments that enable this science.

Students will be introduced to both pervading approaches in nanofabrication: Bottom-up and Top-Down, and will fabricate nanostructures and devices using these approaches. Students will evaluate the properties of materials and devices having nanoscale components by performing hands-on experiments. Students will learn to analyze their experimental results with scientific vigor. They will learn how research from nanoscience is already being used and what other applications are possible in the near future. They will also practice to present what they have learned to others, including non-experts.


For more information, view the 2020 Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute schedule and syllabus. If you have any questions about the schedule or syllabus, please contact Elaine Morita at

Faculty and Instructors

Sarah Tolbert

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.

Additional Instructors

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.



Participants of the Nanoscience Lab 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)
NP Not Passed (achievement at grade C- or lower)

Courses in which students receive a P grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements but will be disregarded in determining a grade-point average.

Credits / Units

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.


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Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.

NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.









Program Dates

JULY 19 - JULY 24, 2020

JULY 26 - JULY 31, 2020

Important Dates

JULY 19-24: Nanoscience Lab (A)

JULY 26-31: Nanoscience Lab (B)

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.