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High School Research in Molecular Engineering

High School Research in Molecular Engineering (HiRe-ME)

NEW! This opportunity blends the best of YNS "Camp" and "High School Researcher" experience.

Great for:

  • Past YNS campers who want to try something new
  • High schoolers who want to earn money while gaining achievements for their college applications
  • Young people who love hands-on science

The goal of this camp is to give high school students the opportunity to learn about the role molecular engineering plays in our modern lives using authentic, hand-on activities. Students will learn about molecules and macromolecules first hand as they explore techniques for materials processing. Join us in the lab to dissolve polymers, cast thin films, and use a scanning electron microscope to get a closer look at porous films. 

LOCATION: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

NOTE: This is not your normal camp! Students will receive stipends and travel funds for participating. Participants will be competitively selected for this camp based on their answers to application questions and quality of their resumes. 


Camp is full! 

High School Camp

Open to students between 14 and 18 years old. 


Stay and dine in campus housing at UNL.

Lincoln, Nebraska

Experience the engineering facilities on UNL's City Campus.

June 24 - 28, 2024

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  • Learn about molecules and macromolecules.
  • Dissolve polymers and make thin films using spin coating and dip coating techniques.
  • Gain laboratory skills that scientists use for making new materials.


  • Examine porous films using scanning electron microscopes.
  • Tour the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) and learn about the equipment used in materials research.
  • Explore ways molecular engineering is used to solve some of society's biggest challenges. 
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  • Enjoy making new friends from around the state.
  • Explore the UNL campus and all it has to offer. 
  • Meet scientists, students, and technicians to learn about careers in molecular engineering

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL) founded over 150 years ago, is a major educational institution known world-wide for quality of research and teaching. More than 20,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students study at UNL each year. 

This summer camp is hosted by Dr. Siamak Nejati, associate professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UNL.  Nejati specializes in using polymers and thin films to create novel and economic solutions to address current challenges in water, energy supplies, and security. 

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Essential Information: Summer Camps

Residential camp

Camp Fee

We pay you for participating!

To receive a stipend, student must be a U.S. citizen or be able to legally work in the U.S.

Daily Camp Schedule

Students check-in by 10AM on June 24th and check-out after 4PM on June 28th. All meals and housing on campus will be provided.

Please contact if you are traveling from further away and need to extend your stay either before or after camp dates listed above. 

Who's Eligible?

Open to students between 14 and 18 years old.

To receive a stipend, student must be a U.S. citizen or be able to legally work in the U.S.


Space is limited to 30 campers.

Supervision and Safety

Minimum of 1:10 teacher/counselor to student ratio. Certified faculty/teachers and experienced, trained undergraduates students/counselors.

Use your summer to discover!

Join us in June!

Are you ready for your summer adventure?

Apply For HiRe-ME!


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