Research Experience for Undergraduates | 2015 REU Fellows

Why CEINT? From our 2011 REU students & interns:

  • Juan Avila

    Rising Junior
    Chemical Engineering
    Clemson University
    CEINT Research Site: Dr. Mark Wiesner’s Lab, Duke University

    Before starting my internship at CEINT, I had no research experience or knowledge on nanotechnology. Through workshops, talks, and exposure to the topic I was able to gain a broad background on the research that CEINT carries out. After the first week of orientation, you truly begin to feel like you are contributing to research that is currently pushing the frontiers of environmental nanotechnology. I [...]

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  • Claire Huang

    Rising Junior
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    Columbia University
    CEINT Research Site: Lab of Dr. David Hinton and Melissa Chernick, Duke University

    I am extremely grateful that CEINT was my first REU program. Having worked in several labs but never on a project I could truly call my own, I found myself growing as a research-oriented thinker each step along the way of the research project. Honestly, what I value most about my summer with CEINT are the connections and friendships I made with my fellow interns, the [...]

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  • Elaine Hung

    Rising Senior
    Environmental Engineering
    Texas Tech University
    CEINT Research Site: Dr. Heileen Hsu-Kim’s lab, Duke University

    Being part of CEINT was a rewarding experience by providing me with an unforgettable experience. Through CEINT, I was able to delve deeper in my research area at my home university and was able to see a point of view from another perspective. I was exposed to a wide range of research areas and I felt I was treated as a graduate student with deadlines and responsibilities. Partaking in CEINT, [...]

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  • Stephanie Kong

    Rising Senior
    Chemical Engineering
    SUNY University at Buffalo
    CEINT Research Site: Dr. Robert Tilton’s lab, Carnegie Mellon University

    My summer at CEINT is one experience I'll never forget. CEINT gave me the chance to interact with top researchers and truly refine my skills in scientific research. Through this program and the funding provided by NSF, I was able to explore research topics outside of what was being offered at my home university. At Carnegie Mellon University I developed an experimental method for [...]

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  • Kiana Morse

    Rising Senior
    Environmental Resources Engineering
    SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    CEINT Research Site: Dr. Kelvin Gregory’s lab, Carnegie Mellon University

    Prior to my CEINT experience I did not have any significant lab background. Working in the lab at Carnegie Mellon showed me what the research world is all about and gave me valuable hands-on experience. Aside from lab work, I was also exposed to many other research projects and presentations. Working in the biology lab also deepened my [...]

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  • Athena Nghiem

    Rising Senior
    Geophysics and Statistics
    University of California, Berkeley
    CEINT Research Site: Dr. Mélanie Auffan’s Lab, the CEREGE, Aix-en-Province, France

    Through the CEINT REU, I had the opportunity to work with international research scientists and learn laboratory instrumentation protocol for nanoparticle characterizations while refining my French vocabulary. Actively participating in the global and multidisciplinary nature of nanotechnology research at CEREGE in Aix-en-Provence, France was an unforgettable [...]

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  • Catherine Ninah

    Rising Junior
    Industrial Engineering
    University of Central Florida
    CEINT Research Site: Lab of Dr. Mark Wiesner and Dr. Christine Hendren, Duke University

    Spending the summer in Durham, North Carolina, where I first started my day passing through the Duke Gardens on the way to work and then entered the Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, an innovative, cross-disciplinary, and world-renowned research site focused on the impact and characteristics of all types of nanoparticles on the [...]

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  • Aleksander Felipe Piasecki

    Rising Junior
    Chemical Engineering
    Pennsylvania State University
    CEINT Research Site: Dr. Mark Wiesner’s lab, Duke University

    Participating in the CEINT 2015 REU at Duke University was a great experience. Not only was I able to get really involved in interesting new research, which was related yet distinct from the research I do at my current university, but I was surrounded by a good diverse group of friends in the REU. We certainly helped each other academically and with our research, but we were able to bond and [...]

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  • Michael Reinisch

    Rising Senior
    Physics and Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas
    CEINT REU Site: Dr. Linsey Marr’s lab, Virginia Tech University

    My future career interests lie in inventing and applying technology in developing countries, and my previous research experience in the field only covers water and solar technologies. The project I worked on at Virginia Tech was very useful by covering air pollution, a serious topic in developing countries I have not previously been involved with.. It was a wonderful experience to get to [...]

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  • Nicholas Rogers

    Senior
    Chemical Engineering
    University of Maryland Baltimore County
    CEINT Research Site: Dr. Gregory Lowry’s lab, Carnegie Mellon University

    The CEINT REU was my first research experience away from my home university. Inherently, this program gave me the chance to see how some of the top universities in my field work in regard to research. Looking to apply to graduate schools for the next academic year, this internship also gave me the chance to network with professors from two prospective graduate schools and [...]

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  • Maggie Swerdloff

    Rising Junior
    Biochemistry / French
    New College of Florida
    CEINT Research Site: Labs of Dr. Mélanie Auffan, Dr. Samuel Legros and Dr. Lorette Scifo
    CEREGE, Aix-en-Province, France

    I absolutely loved living in France and working at the CEREGE this past summer. The CEREGE is truly an international research institution, with many grad students and research scientists from institutions outside of France. Lab research was primarily conducted in English, but I enjoyed learning the French terms for the instruments [...]

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  • Brianna Thornton

    Rising Junior
    Chemical Engineering, Tuskegee University
    CEINT Research Site: Dr. Emily Bernhardt and Dr. Benjamin Colman’s Lab, Duke University

    My summer with CEINT was the most influential summer I’ve experienced so far. Being far from home for that amount of time was intimidating, but the mentors as well as the other REU students were warming and helpful. The atmosphere of Duke University and the city of Durham was so warm and inviting that I honestly was not ready to return home once the time came. I have made life- [...]

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  • Jonathan Vardner

    Rising Senior
    Chemical Engineering
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    CEINT Research Site: Dr. Mark Wiesner’s lab, Duke University

    The CEINT REU program offered me the opportunity to engage in an original research project pertaining to the use of membranes for water treatment. I worked with a professor and graduate student, each of whom encouraged me to think critically, work independently, and make significant contributions in the lab. Alongside research, CEINT organized guest lectures, group meetings, and a tour of [...]

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  • Rachel Warnock

    Rising Senior
    Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
    CEINT Research Sites: Dr. Mark Wiesner and Dr. Ben Colman’s labs, Duke University

    The CEINT REU program allowed me to experience research at the intersection of life sciences and nanoscience. Investigating implications of nanotechnology in realistic environmental settings awoke a passion for research that extends beyond “knowledge for knowledge’s sake.” Although my project focused on the specific area of plant uptake of nanoparticles, the coordinators of this REU made it a [...]

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  • Amy Whetter

    Rising Junior
    Physics and Environmental Science
    University of Redlands
    CEINT Research Site: Dr. Peter Vikesland’s lab, Virginia Tech University

    Participating in the CEINT summer REU program was a great experience. A huge factor that made my experience positive was the network of support. I was fortunate to work with an incredible grad student who was a great mentor throughout the program. The entire lab at Virginia Tech made we feel welcome and there to answer any question I had, but was also there to push me and [...]

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