Program Timeline (June
24-September 1, 2007) -- Click Here to See
The IM-SURE 2007 Program Schedule
Preparing for the IM-SURE Program
After being accepted as an IM-SURE Participant, we will contact you to coordinate your housing, transportation and other program details. Based on your interests, you will also be advised of the research project you will be working on. Your faculty mentor will contact you to further discuss the project, address any questions you may have, and recommend literature to prepare for your upcoming involvement.
What will a typical day be like in the IM-SURE Program?
Your normal day will start at 8:00 and end at 5:30, with an hour
break for lunch. Each day will be unique, and may include a variety
of activities such as seminars and workshops, tours and fieldtrips.
You will also spend time working under the guidance of your faculty
mentor and graduate students on your research project. Social activities
throughout the program will give you a chance to get to know other
students, faculty, and administrators.
After 5:30, your time is free to explore on and around campus. Planned
with your fellow IM-SURE students or by the Program, several weekend
activities will give you the chance to make the most of your experience
in Southern California.
Each week will provide you with a variety of unique academic and social experiences to further develop your knowledge and skills and enhance your experience within the program. Program components include:
Orientation Weekend You will arrive
on the UCI campus on Saturday and spend the day exploring the campus
and settling into your housing. On Sunday, a Kick-Off Barbecue will
be hosted for all the IM-SURE participants to get acquainted and
gear up for the first week of the program.
Seminars In the first week of the
program, students will build knowledge of micro/nano-systems engineering
and applications through a daily series of faculty-led lectures
and discussions. Post-lecture labs will provide the opportunity
to apply this knowledge. In the following weeks, participants will
meet as a group each Wednesday for faculty-led seminars to discuss
research and career development. Students will also hear presentations
from outside speakers, including representatives from industry,
national labs and defense research agencies. Additional seminars
will focus on relevant micro/nano-technology topics and the ethical
implications of research.
Workshops UCI faculty and outside
professionals will make a series of presentations geared towards
helping students prepare for graduate school opportunities, explore
career options in the fields of micro/nano-science, and develop
their writing and presentation skills.
Mentoring Students will meet at least
once a week with their faculty mentors to discuss progress. Faculty
and graduate students will also continue to guide students towards
further developing their communication skills and provide support
regarding student goals, including graduate school and career options.
Students will also have the opportunity to meet several times with
the programís Principal Investigator and Managing Director to discuss
Tours Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of field trips and tours. A trip to Jazz Semiconductor, will provide the chance to explore a local, independent high-performance wafer foundry for biomedical devices. Students will also tour state-of-the-art microfabrication instruments in the clean rooms of UCIís INRF and other faculty research labs. UCIís Science Library will also provide in-depth tours and workshops on how to conduct literature searches.
Research Projects Under the guidance of their faculty and graduate student mentors, students will be fully immersed in the facilities related to their assigned research projects. Students will gain hands-on experience and will be responsible for carrying out their assigned research roles and responsibilities.
Project Presentations & Research Symposium
Students will use their first week to develop their research project plan and formally present their abstracts to faculty and fellow students. Halfway through the program, students will present a formal project update. The program will conclude with a Research Symposium where students will have the opportunity to present the results of their work over the course of the program. Students will deliver a formal 15-minute oral PowerPoint presentation to program participants, faculty mentors, and on- and off-campus guests.
Each week, students will have several opportunities for social interactions
with faculty mentors, fellow student participants, and senior administrators.
Planned with fellow IM-SURE students or by the Program, several
weekend activities will give you the chance to make the most of
your experience in Southern California. These include weekly coffee
hours to discuss the program, as well as a series of weekend excursions,
Corona Del Mar Beach: Just minutes from campus, enjoy a sunny day at Corona Del Mar Beach with faculty and fellow students. Coronal Del Mar is a Ĺ mile stretch of sandy beach, framed by cliffs and a rock jetty, making it extremely popular with surfers and divers. Students will enjoy a team barbecue, followed by a bonfire into the evening.
Disneyland: Join fellow IM-SURE participants for a trip to ďThe Happiest Place on Earth,Ē Disneyland and California Adventure (www.disneyland.com). Both parks feature thrill rides, shopping, and unique entertainment experiences. Next door is a lively entertainment district, Downtown Disney, filled with shops, restaurants, live entertainment, and the famous concert hall, House of Blues.
Six Flags Magic Mountain: With over 46 rides to choose from, Magic Mountain (www.sixflags.com/parks/magicmountain) is famous for itís roller coasters and unique thrill rides.
Sea World San Diego: Join us for a trip south of campus to Sea World (www.seaworld.com/seaworld/ca). Located on beautiful Mission Bay in San Diego, Sea World is a 190 acre, premier marine life park, famous for itís amazing interactive shows and marine life exhibits, and theme rides.
Note: For Theme Park excursions, transportation will be provided, but participants will be responsible for paying a discounted entry fee.
happens after the program?
After the program, you will be encouraged to continue your research
efforts under a faculty mentor at your home university. Additionally,
you will continue to receive e-mail updates and will be encouraged
to present your research findings at undergraduate research conferences,
as well as other conferences highlighting micro/nano research and
Within the year following the program, you will be eligible to request travel funding to present at a local undergraduate research conference. You will work with a faculty mentor at your home university, and submit a final paper representing your research, including an itemized budget of projected expenses and needs, evidence of an abstract or paper accepted by the sponsoring conference, and a description of the conference and its benefits.