July 24, 2013

CNSE Graduate Student Association supports SUNY Board of Trustees' decision to establish NanoCollege and UAlbany as separate partner institutions



CNSE student body sees new opportunities to enhance education, expand research, and launch high-tech careers in New York State

Albany, NY – Calling the new structure of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) an exciting opportunity for students and New York State, the CNSE Graduate Student Association (CNSE GSA) today announced its strong support for the establishment of the college as a separate degree-granting SUNY institution.
The support from CNSE GSA follows the adoption of a resolution by the SUNY Board of Trustees on July 16, which establishes CNSE and the University at Albany as separate partner institutions.
“The CNSE Graduate Student Association applauds Chairman Carl McCall, the SUNY Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher for blazing a new path that will open up exciting opportunities for CNSE students,” said Christopher Stiles, President of the CNSE GSA. “We chose to pursue our degrees at CNSE instead of more traditional universities because the one-of-a-kind university-industry partnerships at CNSE have created a unique educational experience. As a distinct institution, CNSE will go even further in providing us with unmatched nanotechnology education and training, and the chance to build exciting careers here in upstate New York. As students, we are thrilled to help usher in the next chapter of the CNSE story.”
The CNSE GSA noted that CNSE graduate students enjoy a unique academic experience, including access to state-of-the-art tools and infrastructure that are not found on traditional university campuses. The group also cited the presence of leading global high-tech companies on site, and the ability to pursue job opportunities with those firms, as a vital competitive advantage that will be enhanced by CNSE’s new structure.
In addition, the CNSE GSA believes the transition will allow CNSE to more readily attract new collaborations and partnerships, both with top-tier research universities and with corporate entities, which in turn will expand the opportunities available to students and increase the value of a CNSE degree. Further, students are confident that they will play an active and engaged role in the shaping of a separate and distinct institution at CNSE, building on the strong commitment to the student body by CNSE’s faculty, staff, and administration.

About the CNSE GSA. The mission of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Student Association (CNSE GSA) is to represent the interests of CNSE’s graduate student community by providing leadership, supporting scholarly activities, and advocating the position of the graduate student body to institutional and external constituencies. The CNSE GSA is designed to provide an open forum for interaction among graduate students, faculty, and administration to enhance the graduate experience.


Media Contact:

Christopher Stiles, President, CNSE Graduate Student Association
(518) 956-7365 | [email protected]