This Week in Small: Research Award Winner; Plus up to $20,000 in ACS Seed Grants


  • HUGE Congrats to Cal Poly student and Pasadena City College alum, Tan Nguyen, who recently garnered the Best Poster Presentation Award in the General Chemistry Category at the 2023 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Diversity in STEM Conference held in Portland, Oregon. Read the full Think Small post with details and Tan’s poster: MNT-EC Student Wins Award at SACNAS.
  • Discover Michelle’s inspiring journey on our latest Talking Technicians podcast, where she shares her evolution from an operator to a lead thin film vacuum technician at MKS Instruments’ Richardson Gratings Lab in Rochester, NY. Learn how Michelle elevated her career by pursuing a vacuum technician certificate at Normandale Community College and the impact of her role in the world of precision technology. Tune in to hear how Michelle’s dedication and skill advancement took her career to new heights.
  • Please do NOT miss the story about how Matt Feyerheisen completed the Certificate in  Microelectronics and Nanomanufacturing at Rio Salado College. It’s a story that faculty and students will love to read. We have a brief summary on Think Small linking you to the full feature story, which is part of a new project MNT-EC is working on with the super cool Wingspans organization. Their site says it all: “Over 700 Real-World Stories About Work — Stories provide a glimpse into the working world through the eyes of real people in a variety of jobs.”  
    • If you want to know more about Rio Salado College mentioned in that post, visit our Partner Page that profiles Rick Vaughn, Faculty Chair or drop by the Semiconductor Manufacturing page here

  • Finally… The details on the $20,000 Seed Grant… 🙂

Program manager, John-David R. Rocha, Ph.D. for the American Chemical Society (ACS) shared the following links and information with MNT Center Director, Dr. Jared Ashcroft with this encouraging note for us to share with our Nano community: 

“I want to talk with anyone that submits or is thinking about submitting, to help them prepare an application that comes in-line with our interests. And if they’re not sure, then I want to work with them to get that overlap of interest and help them make it work.” 

–John-David R. Rocha, Ph.D.

Visit this Funding/Awards page for the ACS PrepareCTP Seed Grant – American Chemical Society with details on how to apply. On that page, you will also find his information should you have further questions. 

Additional information on Chemical Technical Professionals is helpful, too.