Students Mentorship Program The Students Mentorship Program (SMP) is sponsored by the Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology (CENT) of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. The program aims to train undergraduate students from science and engineering disciplines on several nanotechnology-related techniques and to familiarize them with essential laboratory instrumentation, including electron microscopy, X-Ray analysis, optical characterization of nanoparticle suspensions, laser synthesized nanoparticles, chemical vapor deposition, CNT synthesis, magnetron sputtering, and chemical synthesis.
At the beginning of the academic semester, a specific number of undergraduate students from different majors will be selected according to some criteria including their GPAs, relevance of their majors to nanotechnology applications, their enthusiasm toward the field of nanoscience, etc. Each group of students is assigned to work with a professor’s research group for approximately six hours weekly.
The student is anticipated to have the ability to eventually run the equipment and to participate with the professor and with group members in ongoing research work. In order to ensure the level of management attained by the student as well as his discipline, the student is asked to fill a tri-weekly report about his progress. Each student should also present a short talk of what he learned at the end of the academic semester.