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.
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
* Diode fabrication
Developed with support from the National Science Foundation