June 07, 2013

SUNY's NanoCollege and Girls Inc. announce that student participation in pioneering Eureka!® program will more than double in second year

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RBC Capital Markets joins SEFCU and CNSE in providing combined funding of $300K to enable nearly
60 young women to explore nanotechnology in the nation’s first-of-its-kind educational program

Albany, NY – In support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s strategic vision to enable innovation-driven educational opportunities and further develop New York’s high-tech workforce, SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region (Girls Inc.) today announced that nearly 60 girls will participate in the second year of the CNSE-Girls Inc. Eureka!® program – more than doubling the number of participants – and that RBC Capital Markets will join SEFCU and CNSE in providing combined funding exceeding $300,000 for the nation’s first-of-its-kind initiative that gives young women a chance to explore nanotechnology.

“This program provides a fantastic opportunity for young women to explore nanotechnology in Albany, the global epicenter of the industry,” said Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership and with the hard work and dedication put forth by Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering continues to provide our youth with a world-class education, and it is our hope that programs like this will continue to motivate New York students across the state for years to come. I commend all those that worked so hard to put the CNSE-Girls Inc. Eureka! ® program together, and congratulate the program for its continued success.”

“We are grateful to RBC Capital Markets for providing critical funding for the Eureka!® program, which embodies Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership in creating educational, workforce development, and high-tech career opportunities for all New Yorkers,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and CEO of CNSE. “This unique partnership between CNSE and Girls Inc., enabled by the support of RBC and SEFCU, builds on the Governor’s blueprint for creating new opportunities for underrepresented social groups in science and engineering, as well as increasing participation among women- and minority-owned business enterprises in New York’s fast-growing nanotechnology economy.”

“Girls Inc. is delighted to work with our newest partner, RBC, as well as with SUNY’s CNSE and SEFCU, to help even more girls learn about the amazing opportunities that are available to them in nanotechnology through the Eureka!® program,” said Ashley L. Jeffrey, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region. “Engaging young women with this unique approach to learning allows each participant’s mind, body, and spirit to grow at the critical young adolescent stage when choices greatly influence their future. Expanding this program will pay dividends, not only for the girls who take part in the experience, but also for the communities they inhabit.”

“RBC is proud to support the CNSE-Girls Inc. nanotechnology-based Eureka!® program in order to help motivate these bright young women to become the scientists, engineers and technology leaders of tomorrow,” said Chris Hamel, Head of U.S. Municipal Finance at RBC Capital Markets. “Through responsible community investment and by working with organizations like SUNY’s CNSE and Girls Inc., we can play a role in building a bright future in the Capital Region, throughout New York State, and in the communities in which we live and work."

“SEFCU is proud to continue our work with CNSE and Girls Inc. with this innovative program that piques the interest of kids in the Capital Region,” said Michael J. Castellana, SEFCU President and CEO. “As our region continues to strengthen its position as the capital of scientific research and nanosciences, it is critical that we encourage children of all ages to explore the possibilities of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This program allows this exploration in a college setting in which they can see enriching educational and career paths with the hope that we spark the interest of future STEM professionals,” Castellana added.

RBC has committed to funding 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 24 girls, by providing funding for all five years of their nanotechnology-based experience. Additionally, both RBC and SEFCU 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.

Designed to engage underserved populations within the cities of Albany and Schenectady, the girls spend the first two years of the program taking part in an intensive four-week summer camp at 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.

In years three through five, each girl partners with a mentor to complete an independent research project, participates in paid internships with local businesses and organizations, and engages in college preparatory activities. The students also take part in a number of popular CNSE outreach events to share what they have learned, including Community Day, when they conduct experiments for thousands of people who visit the NanoCollege during NANOvember, part of a month-long series of nanotechnology-related events.

The Eureka!® 2013 summer program is scheduled to begin for both the first- and second-year cohorts on July 8.

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About CNSE. CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. With more than $14 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world's most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, and Lam Research. An expansion now underway, part of which will house the world's first Global 450mm Consortium, will add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure, an additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms, and more than 1,000 scientists, researchers, and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. In addition, CNSE¹s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, supporting its leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.

About Girls Incorporated® of the Greater Capital Region. Girls Incorporated® of the Greater Capital Region is a non- profit organization that delivers life-changing programs that inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM. We help girls in grades K-12 overcome economic, social, and gender barriers to growing up healthy, educated, and independent. Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region is one of the local Girls Inc. organizations in a network that serves 150,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually at over 1,400 sites in 350 cities across the United States and Canada. Free after-school programs are provided at our two main centers in Albany and Schenectady and full-day programming during the summer months and school vacation weeks. Select programs and workshops are delivered to schools and community organizations throughout the Capital Region. Find us on Facebook® at girlsinccapitalregion or visit our website at: www.girlsinccapitalregion.org.

About RBC's Commitment to Community and Sustainability. Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 44 other countries. RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012 - 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada's Greenest Employers, one of Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Learn more at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability. RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.

About SEFCU. Established in 1934, today SEFCU is among the 50 largest credit unions in the U.S. with more than $2.4 billion in assets, over 230,000 members, and 45 branches in the Capital Region, Binghamton, Syracuse, and Buffalo. In addition to full service retail and commercial banking products and services, SEFCU is committed to supporting the community through the donation of time and talent of its staff and members, as well as monetary contributions to help people and make an impact in the communities it serves. Find us on Facebook® and follow us on Twitter®.

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Media Contacts:

Steve Janack, CNSE Vice President for Marketing and Communications
(518) 956-7322 | sjanack@albany.edu

Elisa Barsotti, Associate Director, Corporate Communications, RBC Capital Markets
(212) 618-2057 | elisa.barsotti@rbccm.com
 
Ashley L. Jeffrey, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region
(518) 423-3258 | ajeffrey@gcr.girls-inc.org