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Girls Inc. Eureka!®


The Girls Inc. Eureka!® program at SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE), the first in the nation with a focus on nanotechnology, is part of the critical effort to encourage young women to pursue a growing number of educational and career opportunities in the field of nanotechnology. Nearly 80 girls participated in the third year of the SUNY Poly CNSE-Girls Inc. Eureka!® program. The program provides the young women – at no cost – a path to exciting careers and post-secondary education in nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanobioscience.

Watch video from the 2014 summer camp program at SUNY Poly CNSE and view photos from the concluding program.

Designed to engage underserved populations within the cities of Albany and Schenectady, the program participants spend the first two years of the program taking part in an intensive four-week summer camp at SUNY Poly CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex. The curriculum includes a variety of hands-on activities that explore advanced nanoscience concepts and applications, including forensic DNA fingerprinting, wafer patterning, microfluidics and microcontact printing, cell encapsulation and therapy, and clean energy through investigations of fuel cells and photovoltaics. 

M+T Bank funded the cost of this summer's class for 30 girls who took part in program's first year courses and activities. RBC Capital Markets funded this summer’s cost of the five-year Eureka!® program for the second class of 30 girls. SEFCU is continuing to support the first Eureka!® class, which consists of more than 20 girls, by providing funding for all five years of their nanotechnology-based experience. Additionally, RBC, SEFCU, and M+T Bank are spearheading educational modules related to financial literacy, leadership development, workforce preparation, and community service in order to promote participants’ self-esteem and personal development. 

For additional information or questions, please call (518) 374-9800 or email with the subject “Eureka! Question.”