NanoEarth's Multicultural and Underserved Nanoscience Initiative (MUNI) supports populations that are traditionally underserved in the sciences and specifically by nanotechnology facilities. Examples of underserved groups include, but are not limited to, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first generation college students, veterans, persons with disabilities, persons with low socio-economic status, women, and, given our geographic location, inter-generationally Appalachian. Additionally, MUNI supports facility users that may not be performing research that fits in with a typical National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) node, but aligns well with the earth and environmental focus of NanoEarth.

MUNI provides access to and educational opportunities on state-of-the-art nanoscience-relevant instrumentation, as well as nano-synthesis and processing laboratories, for underserved professionals and students. For students, MUNI serves all academic levels, from K-12, to community college students, to students in four-year programs and even graduate school. MUNI grants can cover all travel costs and usage fees, and requires no previous experience in nanoscience or nanotechnology. MUNI participants also get a chance to interface with a variety of professors and gain valuable insight into the nano-fields, especially as it relates to Earth and environmental science, but in many other nano-related areas as well, if needed.

For additional information about this initiative, please contact us.


To apply for MUNI support, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the standard access request form.
  2. In your submission email, please indicate that you are applying for MUNI support and include a statement defining your multicultural or underserved identity.
  3. Include answers to the following questions:
    1. What is your main goal for visiting NanoEarth? How will this visit impact your research/students/etc.?
    2. What specific financial support do you need? (e.g. travel, instrument usage, etc.)
    3. Will you be able to cover part of the costs? Are their other programs that could provide financial support?

All applications will be reviewed for both project feasibility and grant status. We may request additional information.


MUNI User Testimonials

NanoEarth MUNI has become a valuable tool in my research at Howard University. The seamless efforts of directors, lab managers and staff at NanoEarth to assist in research work is second to none. I traveled to VT for some research work earlier this year and was thrilled by the willingness of everyone to help. During my visit, I had the opportunity to get a tour of the NCFL facility hosted by Dr. Hochella despite his tight schedule.  Following my research visit, the center has still offered remote efficient research support to our research group at Howard University. Thank you for making this initiative possible.

Temitope “Temi” Adegboye
December 2016 master’s candidate
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Howard University
Washington, D.C.

Working at NanoEarth has been just awesome for our research and students. We are able to access instrumentations that we don’t currently have on campus. Students, many for the first time, got a hands-on experience working with these state-of-the-art instruments and learned from some of the most skilled and nicest scientists out there. It does not get any better than this opportunity!

Nadine Kabengi
Assistant Professor
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia