Trainee Resources


Professional Development & Career Resources for MRSEC Trainees

San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI)

SDNI C.E.N.T.E.R (Center of Excellence for Nano Technology Educational Resources)
C.E.N.T.E.R. is the Education arm of the SDNI and aims to provide guidance and assistance to educators (K-12, Community Colleges, and 4-years Universities) desirous of developing nanotechnology curriculum and providing education in the field. In the process, they have been and will continue to be very thorough about ensuring the alignment of nanotechnology content with the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 education. The SDNI outreach program’s goal is to facilitate the development of Nanotechnology curriculum and its integration to the entire K-12 and Community College education systems across California by 2025 (The California NanoTech 2025 Project). In order to achieve this ambitious goal, SDNI intends to create strategic alliances with teachers and administrators operating in schools, community colleges, school district offices, and county offices of education.

SDNI Job Bulletin Board

  IDEA Engineering Student Center

Current Graduate Students Resources

Engineering Graduate & Scholarly Talks: Series of academic, professional, and technical training workshops open to all graduate and postdoctoral engineering students at the Jacobs School of Engineering. 

Fridays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Fall 2021 Schedule is being finalized)
POC: Sinai Kota,

UC San Diego Career Center


Graduate Student Lunch & Learn

Alumni 101 Speaker Series: discussions on networking, job and internship searching, mentorship, and other topics
POC: Giulia Hoffmann, Senior Associate Director, UC San Diego Career Center | 858.534.0141 |

Opportunities for Involvement in UC San Diego MRSEC Activities

Current MRSEC-Affiliated Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

UC San Diego MRSEC deeply values its participant engagement in and contribution to non-research, Center-sponsored E&O activities that advance access and equity in materials science and engineering. The benefits are not only external; beyond enjoyment and satisfaction derived from impacting the lives of others, trainees can expect to gain new perspectives and practice in science communication. To convey our commitment to these efforts, all MRSEC trainees are expected to contribute at least 32 hours per year to MRSEC-specific E&O activities. These efforts are endorsed by MRSEC faculty advisors, who also take part.

The Center offers a wide range of engagement opportunities throughout the academic year and summer period, which members can select from based on their preferences, interest, and unique strengths. Examples of engagement activities include co-facilitating an interactive table/booth exhibit on or off campus, assisting with community outreach events, preparing supplies and materials for demos and hands-on activities, and presenting about MRSEC-supported research at UC San Diego or at local K-12/high schools, among others.


For a list of specific current activities and initiatives you can get involved in, click here. For additional information, contact Janka Bond at UC San Diego MRSEC trainees can self-report their hours of participation in UC San Diego MRSEC education and outreach effort using this online log.


Students and Postdoctoral Researchers from UC San Diego and External Institutions


Students and postdoctoral researchers interested in getting involved in UC San Diego MRSEC projects are welcome to:

  • Submit an application to participate in the Research Immersion in Materials Science & Engineering (RIMSE) Spring Break Experience, or in one of the Research Immersion in Materials Science & Engineering (RIMSE) Summer Schools. Details on how to apply can be found on our website.
  • Contact any of the of MRSEC-affiliated faculty regarding opportunities for research collaboration in their laboratories. More information can be found on the Research - IRG1 and Research - IRG2 webpages.