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Gifts to Cornell NanoScale Facility help us to maintain the culture and capabilities of the CNF as an open user facility, dedicated to advancing all fields of nanoscience and engineering and providing hands-on education for the next generation of leaders in these fields. Whether made by an individual or a corporation, gifts both large and small can make a difference.



For online gifting please go the following Cornell secure gifting site. https://www.giving.cornell.edu/give/

In the top menu line of the designation, select Cornell University.  In the second line, choose Other, then type in the box, Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (U733137). Finally, proceed with the remaining web site instructions.

To Donate by Check or for Major Gifts: Please contact CNF Financial Manager, Denise Budinger at [email]


Here are some ways that your unrestricted gift will be used:

Summer Research Internships for Undergraduates.
Every year CNF aims to host 10-12 undergraduates who work with Cornell faculty and graduate students on 10-week research projects. This is a very formative experience for these students, helping them to make important career choices in science and engineering. Many of them go on to apply to graduate school as a result of their experience.


The CNF Fellows Program.
CNF Fellows are outstanding graduate students who contribute part-time (in addition to their Ph.D. research) to help introduce new tools and processes to CNF and monitor baseline processes that improve reproducibility and yield throughout the facility.


New Tools and Processes.
CNF strives to be the best lab of its kind in the nation, despite a funding environment in which the National Science Foundation grant supporting the nationís network of open nanoscale facilities no longer provides funding for equipment. Keeping our toolset at the state of the art and even just replacing aging equipment therefore requires other funding sources, industrial partnerships, and contributions from throughout our user community. Gifts of cash and equipment can help us meet our goals.


Industrial Partnerships.
Companies with strategic interests in partnering with CNF are encouraged to contact us to explore the ways in which your contributions to CNF might benefit both CNF and your business, through access to our world class facilities and staff expertise. For example, we can provide facilities and expert advice for advanced prototyping and process development, we are eager to work with vendors on joint development/testing of new tools, we routinely host workshops to educate our user community about new technologies, and we can serve as a demonstration site to show potential customers your tools in action.


Support for CNF Staff Members.
Technology is changing at a fast pace, and the CNF professional staff are among the best at staying current in their fields. By attending workshops, short courses, and topical conferences, our staff can continually refresh their knowledge base so as to remain an invaluable resource to our user community. Gifts also support staff recognition efforts to reward outstanding user service.


CNF Annual Meeting.
CNF has a tradition of bringing together our entire community annually: our users, industrial partners, staff, and sponsors. This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn about the research being performed at CNF and for networking among students, faculty, employers, our industrial users, industrial partners, and the public. This event is funded entirely by sponsorships from the friends of CNF.


Whetten Memorial Award.
Each year at our CNF Annual Meeting, we recognize -- with the Nellie Yeh-Poh Lin Whetten Memorial Award -- an outstanding female graduate student, whose work is currently or has been recently carried out at CNF. The award consists of a certificate plaque, a monetary prize, and the recipient's name added to the Nellie Yeh-Poh Lin Whetten Memorial Award plaque in the CNF office. As stated on the award plaque,

"This award is given in fond memory of Nellie Whetten, a CNF staff member from 1984 to 1987, who died March 24, 1989. This award recognizes outstanding young women in science and engineering, whose research was conducted in the CNF, and whose work and professional lives exemplify Nellie's commitment to scientific excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration, professional and personal courtesy, and exuberance for life."

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