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Summer NanoTech Research for Undergraduates

The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network is offering 10-week summer research research opportunities for about 70 undergraduates across the network’s 14 sites.

Students will be assigned to work on a project in any of several exciting nanotechnology fields, including electrical, chemical, mechanical, and biomedical engineering.

Online application now is live. Apply by February 15, 2015.

Part-time Graduate Enrollment Is Growing Faster than Full-time, Study Says

The 2010-2011 school year saw a higher growth rate of part-time graduate science and engineering students than full-time ones, according to a recent National Science Foundation study.

That year was the first time since 2005 that part-time rates outpaced full-time ones. Over the past decade, full-time enrollment growth is still larger than part-time by 10 percent, the study said. But the rate at which part-time enrollment is growing was faster than full-time: 1.6 percent of the more than 147,000 part-time students compared to 0.5 percent of the over 400,000 full-time students.

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Drones Will Be Job Creators — Industry Study

An industry group study says unmanned aircraft will create more than 70,000 new American jobs in the first three years following the integration of unmanned aircraft systems  into U.S. national airspace, a change due to occur in 2015. Beyond the first three years, the study projects that more than 100,000 new jobs will be created by 2025.

“In recent years, unmanned aircraft technology has grown remarkably and is already proving useful in a range of domestic applications,” says Michael Toscano, president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, which sponsored the study. “Integrating UAS into the national airspace will lead to new and expanded uses, which means the creation of quality, high-paying American jobs.”

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Growth in University R&D Flattens Out

The amount of research and development performed by U.S. academia is expected to increase in 2013 by just by 0.4 percent to $66.6 billion, down from 3 percent increases of recent years, according to a forecast by Battelle, the nonprofit scientific research firm. And universities are expected to pay a greater share, with R&D funded by U.S. academia forecast to increase by 2.1 percent in 2013 to $12.7 billion.

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