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  : Research Experience
for Undergraduates
  : RockCAMP
  : NSF Summer Research Program in Solid State and Materials Chemistry
  : NSF UCORE - Undergraduate Catalytic Outreach & Research Experience

Application Procedure

Send the following:

1. Application (check back,
January, 2007.)
2. Contact information for two references (name, affiliation, address, phone #, email)
3. Academic transcript
4. Your contact information (including email, phone, mailing address)

To: ChipCAMP
Materials Science Institute
1252 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1252
(541) 346-4784
fax (541) 346-3422



Hands-on laboratory work is at the heart of the curriculum. Participants fabricate their own light-emitting diodes while exploring the chemistry of semiconductor materials, the physics behind semiconductor devices, and the chemistry of photolithography. Classroom lectures and career discussions supplement the labs, and tours of local companies illustrate the large-scale
implementation of the chemical processes discussed.

Applicants should have completed one year of college physics and one year of college chemistry to be eligible.

Funded in part by the National Science Foundation , this all expenses paid, one-week experience provides undergraduate chemistry and physics majors with the necessary background to understand the language and technology of the microelectronics industry and the important role chemists and physicists play in its future.

Preparing for the future
Feedback from students and industrial affiliates suggest that there is a need for additional training that more specifically prepares students to excel in industrial environments. Key components of this additional training include: an introduction to the basics of semiconductor fabrication, a familiarization with the conceptual foundations and terminology of the fabrication process, and an understanding of the present challenges faced in the industry. Those who have a deep appreciation of the physical concepts important to these processes and who understand the fabrication process will be an exceptionally valuable to asset to his/her employer. Our industrial affiliates are very enthusiastic about the prospect of working with the students who have taken this course.

Hands on training
ChipCAMP gives undergraduate physics and chemistry majors an introduction to the microelectronics industry. Participants spend time with M.S. and Ph.D. students, university professors and industry experts, who provide insight into careers and graduate school opportunities in both physics and chemistry.

Participants receive hands-on training at the University of Oregon's semiconductor laboratory, conduct field trips to the Oregon Coast to explore the structural properties of silica and sand, and enjoy tours of local companies to see the concepts learned in class in industrial applications. The laboratory component of ChipCAMP is designed for students with a general knowledge of both chemistry and physics, and consists of experiments not usually taught during undergraduate programs.

Processes and concepts taught in the classroom are reinforced in the laboratory modules, where students work on the following projects:

* LEGO™ Transistors

* Light Emitting Diode (LED) Fabrication

* Oxide Growth/Chemical Etching

* Photolithography

* Diode fabrication and characterization

Developed with support from the National Science Foundation