Inaugural Nanoscience Community Image Contest

Hosted by the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), NCI-Southwest invites all visitors to enter the 1st annual 2024 Nanoscience Community Image Contest. This contest mirrors the NNCI’s annual Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom image contest produced by NNCI Sites, but expands the participating audience to anyone in the community- industry partners, community college students, K-12 audience, and more. The Nanoscience Community Image Contest aims to bring awareness to the importance of fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

About NNCI

The NNIC Education & Outreach initiative aims to lower the community’s barriers to participating in authentic and relevant Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities. NNCI believes that participation in STEM can inspire individuals to consider joining the nanotechnology workforce, including but not limited to technicians, technologists, engineers, educators, and scientists. NNCI hopes that by connecting community members to experts and research tools where cutting-edge and specialized nanotechnology research is being performed, they can inspire underrepresented and minority learners and workers to continue their study and understanding of nanoscale science.

Contest Rules

  • Images must be produced by the artist submitting the image to the contest.
  • Images must have a scale bar on the image so we can reference the size of the material we are seeing.
  • Images may be used by the NNCI and National Science Foundation (NSF) for promotional purposes.
  • Your submission implies you have full author rights to submitted images and agree to give consent to NNCI and NSF for the use of images.



Contact your regional NNCI site for inquiries on the tool availability to support the creation of your image.

RAIN Network

Remotely Accessible Instruments for Nanotechnology (RAIN) allows students to access and control microscopes, like FESEM-field emission scanning electron microscopes, and analytical tools, like EDS-energy (X-ray) dispersive spectroscopy, to look at nano-sized materials from the ease of classrooms, or even home computers, all across the country. Students control the tools over the Internet in real-time and with the assistance of an experienced engineer at the microscope advising over video conferencing software. To learn more and schedule a session visit:


The Hitachi High-Tech America’s Inspire STEM Education Outreach Programs’ (EOP) mission is to inspire the next generation of innovative science and engineering pioneers. Their goal is to provide educators with an effective and powerful tool to inspire and motivate their students in any learning environment. EOP Remote Extension leverages technology to make a scanning electron microscope a remote access tool that educators can use to inspire students around the world. To learn more about what Hitachi does, please visit:

To connect with Hitachi and schedule a remote session, please contact

Submit Image

To submit an image, please click here.