The Knope group is actively committed to outreach and community involvement. We are working with K-12 schools in our local community to bring science experiments into the classroom and are also working with Georgetown undergraduates, as well as national organizations in an effort to increase public awareness and involvement in STEM related fields.


Getting Involved in Our Local Community

Hands-on Science Activities at Mount Vernon Community School (K-5)

The Knope group has been working with teachers at MVCS to developing hands-on activities for K-5 students that integrate the research interests of the Knope group with the curricula needs of Alexandria Public Schools 4th and 5th grades. We have delivered the following activities and reached over 1,000 students!

            “Fun with Materials”: Delivered to over 800 students

            “Interaction of Light with Matter”: Delivered to over 200 students

            “Natural Resources: Let’s Talk Uranium”: Delivered to over 200 students

For more information about these activities, please contact Prof. Knope. Or follow us on twitter @KnopeLab.

Nuclear Science Week at Hardy Middle School (6-8)

Members of the Knope Group were awarded a Public Information Assistance Grant from the American Nuclear Society to develop and deliver a weeks worth of content on Nuclear Science and Technology.

USA Science and Engineering Festival

Grad students Alyssa Adcock, Jen Wacker, and Nicole Vanagas volunteered at the 4th USA Science and Engineering Festival which is the largest and only national science festival. Over 365K people of all ages are estimated to have attended the event. We hope to see you at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. from April 7-8, 2018!


Nicole (pictured) and Jen participated in the XSTEM symposium as part of the American Nuclear Society’s outreach efforts. The students delivered hands-on activities related to nuclear science and engineering. Their participation has resulted in ongoing involvement with the American Nuclear Society in an effort to promote awareness and understanding of nuclear science and technology.

Working with Georgetown’s Rise and Teach students, Alyssa developed an “introduction to lanthanides” kit that included a euro and some of the materials prepared in  our laboratory. Participants were able to see the application of lanthanide luminescence in anti-counterfeiting inks and relate that to the materials we’re developing in our lab.

Regional Coordinator for U.S. Crystal Growing Competition

Started by Dr. Jason Benedict at the University at Buffalo, the United States crystal growing competition is an annual competition that is designed to provide K-12 students and teachers with a fun, hands-on STEM activity. Prizes are awarded for the biggest and highest quality single crystals. For more information, please visit www.uscrystalgrowingcompetition.org or contact Prof. Knope.

The next crystal growing competition begins in October 2017!