In order to further propel UNT’s Tier 1 Research University designation through the Carnegie Foundation, recruitment of high-quality students at the graduate level and undergraduate-level is critical. The Ph.D. and M.S. students engaged in research under the guidance of PTI-affiliated faculty are provided the highest quality graduate instruction and training. The PTI will also support the educational needs of undergraduate students by engaging strongly with the Honors College at UNT to promote experiences for undergraduates in research. The PTI will serve as a regional hub that can help raise the level of awareness and appreciation of the impact of Nanomaterials and Microsystems on the local, regional, state, and the national economy through seminars and visits. We welcome the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM, such as female students and minorities, since tapping into such groups will be vital to meet our growing demand for STEM-trained graduates to join the workforce in US industry, government and academia.