Research Experience for Undergraduates | 2011 REU Fellows

Why CEINT? From our REU students & interns:

  • Bianca Bailey

    Rising Senior
    Chemical Engineering
    Howard University, Washington, DC
    CEINT Research Site: Lowry Lab- CMU

    As a rising graduating senior, I am in the process of researching institutions that appeal to my interest in an advanced degree in environmental nanotechnology as it relates to water quality issues. Institutions such as Carnegie Mellon, Duke University and Howard University provide me with options to study and conduct independent research. This program will allow me to visit, interact and become acquainted with [...]

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  • Caroline Sorensen

    Rising Senior
    Engineering and Environmental Science
    Sweet Briar College, VA
    CEINT Research Site: Wiesner Lab- Duke University

    My name is Caroline Sorensen and I am a rising senior at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. I am a double major in engineering and environmental science. As per the requirements for my engineering major, I took a course in materials science during which I was assigned a research paper on a topic of personal interest. I chose the environmental implications of nanotechnology and focused on the [...]

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  • Hannah Thames

    Rising Senior
    Civil and Environmental + French Major
    Loyola Marymount University, California
    CEINT Research Site: the CEREGE, Aix-en-Province, France

    As a French and civil environmental engineering double major, I was immediately drawn to the CEINT program’s partnership with CEREGE in Aix-en-Provence. After working with a professor at Loyola Marymount University who is publishing a book on nanotechnology, I wanted to be more exposed to the field because there is so much important research yet to be done. This summer [...]

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  • Juan Carlos Silva Martinez

    Rising Junior
    Chemical Engineering
    Univ. of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus
    CEINT Research Site: Ferguson Lab - Duke University

    My interests are related to nanoparticles and their functionalization for improvements of our lives. Also, I want to participate and collaborate with studies that can help with the production of novel data that can lead to new technologies for protecting our home, the Earth. This summer internship at CEINT will give me the experience in my area of interest, nanotechnology and nanomaterial [...]

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  • Raymond Pierson

    Rising Senior
    Bio-environmental Engineering
    Cornell University
    CEINT Research Site: Marr Lab- Virginia Tech University

    I am a rising senior from Cornell University studying Bio-environmental Engineering. I was attracted to the REU program with CEINT because of its research investigating the life cycle of potential contaminants and their possible toxicological effects. Nanoparticles are particularly interesting potential contaminants to study because their small size makes them behave in unique ways and their high [...]

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  • Karen Yu

    Rising Senior
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Carnegie Mellon University
    CEINT Research Site: Hsu-Kim Lab- Duke University

    A research experience with CEINT would be an excellent opportunity to prepare for graduate school by gaining more research experience. I am certain I want to work in some field related to environmental protection, but I am undecided about which area of environmental engineering I would like to focus on in graduate school. One way to find out would be to participate in different kinds of [...]

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  • Lily Shepard

    Rising Junior
    Mechanical Engineering
    Duke University
    CEINT Research Site: CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France

    My interest in the CEINT REU program was first peaked last summer while working as a research assistant at the CEINT mesocosms. I find it incredibly exciting to be able to contribute towards research on a topic at the cutting edge of science. I am a Mechanical Engineering major pursuing a certificate in Energy and the Environment at Duke University and as such I am interested in both the range of uses for [...]

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  • Sarah Weber

    Rising Junior
    Engineering
    Smith College
    CEINT Research Site: Hinton Lab- Duke University

    I am was interested in CEINT because I want to get an advanced degree in nanoscale engineering and want to know of the ecological ramifications of nano-pollutants. During my freshman year of college I was introduced to the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and became enamored with the nanoscale. I had read about interesting nanotechnology developments but seeing specimens nanometers in diameter made nanotechnology tangible. [...]

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  • Ryan Murphy

    Rising Junior
    Chemistry Major
    Clemson University
    CEINT Research Site: Vikesland Lab- Virginia Tech University

    The reason I choose CEINT for my summer internship is because my future plans focus around participating and/or leading chemical research. Because nano-scale science and nanotechnology are the next major steps in chemistry as well as industry it is crucial that I have experience in nanoscience in order to be on the cutting edge. Also, as environmentalism becomes more prevalent in mainstream society, science [...]

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  • Sarah Welsh

    Rising Junior
    Chemistry and English - Double Major
    Westminster College
    CEINT Research Site: Gregory Lab - Carnegie Mellon University

    I chose to participate in the CEINT summer program because it was a great way to get involved in cutting edge research. I love that science is always changing; there’s always a new field that has never been studied in the past, or simply a new way of looking at a known field. CEINT was able to provide me with an opportunity to actively participate in research in an exciting, up-and- [...]

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  • Stephanie Barton

    Rising Senior
    Biology Major
    West Virginia University
    CEINT Research Site: Wiesner Lab - Duke University

    I first became interested in applying for the REU summer internship program with CEINT during my junior year at WVU, in which I was assigned a capstone project. The purpose of the capstone is for students to act in the capacity of a principal investigator by completing funding proposals, designing an experimental project, and reporting observations and conclusions in the form of a scientific manuscript. My group [...]

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  • Stacey Saba

    Rising Senior
    Materials Science in Engineering Major
    Cornell University
    CEINT Research Site: Liu Lab - Duke University

    In previous research work I’ve had the opportunity to fabricate nanostructures. However aside from the practical applications of my work I had never given much thought to the implications of what I was doing. I chose the CEINT REU because it would give me not only the opportunity to learn the process of nanoparticle synthesis but also help me to think critically about the work that we’re doing as a [...]

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  • Tara Soni

    Rising Junior
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    CEINT Research Site: Bernhardt Lab- Duke University

    I have been interested in research since I was a high school student, when I got the opportunity to work in the Chemical Biology Platform at the Broad Institute. I have been always been interested in environmental issues and I am currently an environmental engineering major. Last summer, I got my first taste of environmental research in the Polz Lab at MIT.

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  • Lila Thornton

    Rising Junior
    Biology and Environmental Science
    Duke University
    CEINT Research Site: Meyer Lab- Duke University

    The CEINT REU immediately appealed to me and not just because I'm studying environmental science and biology. The program presented a way for me to get involved in the research of an emerging technology that's quickly becoming a part of our everyday lives. What I'm most excited about is doing research that combines my interests in nanotechnology and toxicology. Granted, I didn't know a lot about [...]

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