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http://blog.timesunion.com/business/ualban...-science/13556/

 

Nano College to offer BS in nanoscale science, and it gets even better:

 

 

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher (pictured) announced today that the state has approved a new bachelor’s degree offering in nanoscale science at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany.

 

Up until now, the college, which was founded in 2004, only offered master’s and doctoral degrees.

 

The NanoCollege also announced that it has raised a $10 million endowment for fellowships and scholarships that will pay tuition and other expenses for students.

 

One of the donors was G. Thomas Selfridge, president of Albany Valve & Fitting Co. In an interview after the one-hour ceremony, he declined to say how much his contribution was. Another donor was a former student of NanoCollege CEO Alain Kaloyeros who is now a successful businessman in Taiwan.

 

Kaloyeros said the school will begin offering some undergrad courses in the fall, although the program will begin in earnest in the spring of 2010. He expects an initial class of 25, with a “couple hundred” within three to four years.

 

Kaloyeros said the state Education Department approved the program two weeks ago.

 

The NanoCollege has 52 professors and 130 enrolled graduate students.

 

Zimpher, who became chancellor June 1, made the announcement as part of her pledge to tour all SUNY campuses this summer.

 

She was also given the first B.S. in nanoscale science from the college. Officials said it was the first of its kind in the world.

 

 

And so it begins. THE ONLY BS in NANOSCIENCE IN THE WORLD!

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Can someone put this into some kind of context...what is the big picture here?

 

Up until now UA was lacking a major undergraduate degree that would attract top students. Many of the programs that have been very succesful at UA are based in graduate programs (Criminal Justice, Rockefellor, etc..)

 

The $10 million endowment will also allow the Nano school to search throughout the world for the best students and offer them a free ride.

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Can someone put this into some kind of context...what is the big picture here?

 

Up until now UA was lacking a major undergraduate degree that would attract top students. Many of the programs that have been very succesful at UA are based in graduate programs (Criminal Justice, Rockefellor, etc..)

 

The $10 million endowment will also allow the Nano school to search throughout the world for the best students and offer them a free ride.

 

Huge day! We knew it was coming but its still huge. The endowment money is a nice feather in the cap.

 

Danefan is right. This finally gives us an undergraduate major that should lead to highly paid graduates. Many of my Georgia Tech friends are very well off. I expect the same or better from these new UA grads.

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This could help in getting into AAU, which Stony Brook and Buffalo are currently members.

 

Have we patitioned the AAU or have they considered us....I know they can invite or you can apply. Spent some time yesterday looking at their website.

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