Participant Reflection Report

The objective of the Summer Institute participant reflection is to encourage each participant to communicate with organizers about how much learning took place and how participants would envision leveraging the knowledge and skills gained in their research and professional endeavors.


Each participant is required to submit a one- to two-page report.

The following questions should be answered:

  • What have you accomplished these past two weeks at the Institute, and how do you think this will affect your research?
  • What aspects of the Summer Institute were most beneficial? What aspects were least beneficial?
  • How could your Summer Institute experience be improved?

Participants also will be asked to fill out a preliminary evaluation form and a final evaluation form, and may be assigned a specific time to participate in a focus group during the second week of the Summer Institute.


The Summer Institute is sponsored by NSF IGERT, NIH M-CNTC, NSF EBICS, CNST, and NSF nanoBIO node.


Cancer Nanotechnology and Cell Mechanics


The overall objective is to enhance the ability to address challenges in Cancer Nanotechnology and Mechanobiology. The 2015 Summer Institute offers expertise from interdisciplinary faculty in biology, engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology through a combination of lectures and hands-on lab experiences.

Specific objectives include:

  • Train next-generation researchers in nanotechnology, applied to both engineering and biology through lectures and hands-on experiences
  • Foster multi-lateral and multi-disciplinary collaboration and interaction