Research Experience for Undergraduates | 2012 REU Fellows

Why CEINT? From our REU students & interns:

  • Andrew Drum

    Rising Senior
    Biological Engineering
    University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou)
    CEINT Research Site: DiGuilio Lab, Duke University

    Participating in the CEINT REU at Duke University this summer taught me a great deal not only about nanotechnologies, but also about the general academic research process. Working as individuals on a collaborative team was an effective way of learning about different nano-technology uses and properties. Our weekly CEINT interactions motivated me to further my research. Working in the lab [...]

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  • Dawn Smith

    Rising Senior
    Purdue University
    CEINT Research Site: Gregory Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

    During my internship experience, I had the opportunity to work with and learn from talented researchers, mentors and refine my laboratory skills. I met and interacted with talented REU students from many different backgrounds and programs. Each of us benefited from sharing our research progress at the end of the summer. Not only did we learn about the different areas of nanotechnology development and risk [...]

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  • Annastassia Gallo

    Rising Senior
    Arcadia University
    CEINT Research Site: Tilton Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

    CEINT brought together many disciplines of nanotechnology, from fields I had been exposed to and others I had not. It was an incredible learning opportunity-not only to see how these fields of science work together on environmental issues, but also be a part of the ongoing research. One of the greatest experiences that I had was that I worked independently on a project, yet was part of a group at CMU because it gave [...]

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  • Tejas Raje

    Rising Senior
    Engineering & Physics
    CEINT Research Site: Vikesland Lab, Virginia Tech

    My time at CEINT gave me the opportunity to perform scientific research and to obtain new experiences. I enjoyed my time at Duke and Virginia Tech, when I was able to perform interesting research in nanotechnology and got the opportunity to learn about the many different types of research being performed in this field and to work with graduate students and professors who were very helpful in teaching me about the [...]

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  • Carmen Kuan

    Rising Senior
    Environmental Science
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    CEINT Research Site: Hinton Lab, Duke University

    The CEINT REU program was a valuable experience because I was able to gain research skills in nanoscience as well as add the experience to my resume for my pursuits in grad school and career opportunities. I met a lot of great people with the same passion for science and research as I do, which made getting along much easier since we were able to discuss and help each other in our research [...]

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  • David R. Cutting

    Rising Junior
    Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
    Tulane University
    CEINT Research Site: Bernhardt Lab, Duke University

    One of the most exciting aspects of the CEINT REU program was the interdisciplinary collaboration inherent in nearly all of CEINT’s projects. As a Chemical Engineering student, a Biology lab felt unusual to say the least. By the end of the program I had learned a new skillset and felt comfortable in my setting. Getting to collaborate with all of CEINT’s departments really proved how diversity [...]

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  • Raisa Tikhtman

    Rising Senior
    Biochemistry and French
    Transylvania University
    CEINT Research Site: CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France

    The benefits from my summer as an intern at the CEREGE in Aix-en-Provence stem from the simultaneous scientific and cultural immersion reaped from performing research in a foreign country. Not only did I gain an improved understanding of the potential implications of the nanoparticle invasion of commercial products and their specific identities, but I also was provided the opportunity to expand my [...]

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  • Sydney Stewart

    Rising Senior
    Chemical Engineering
    Montana State University   
    CEINT Research Site: Weisner Lab, Duke University

    Over the summer I enjoyed working with the graduate students and faculty from Duke University. I feel more connected to the field of nanoscience, particularly the applications of nanotechnology and environmental impacts of nanoparticles. I learned a lot about the science of transport of contaminants in the environment just through presentations, trips, and conversations with other REU students. I enjoyed [...]

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  • Ming Zhang

    Rising Senior
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Research Site: CEREGE, Aix-en-Province, France

    Highlights of program I had an amazing time studying the fate of nanoparticles in wastewater treatment plants at the CEREGE site in Aix-En-Provence. I learned that the research process is rarely a straight line to the finish, but rather a path filled with mistakes and detours. I came to appreciate this aspect of doing science through others’ enthusiasm despite setbacks, as well as through my [...]

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  • Orion Pearce

    Rising Senior
    Beloit College
    CEINT Research Site: Liu Lab, Duke University

    CEINT was my first chance to become involved in a serious research endeavor, and served as a great springboard into chemical research. While working in Dr. Liu's lab I gained valuable training, getting to synthesize nanocrystals, use aqua regia, and work in Duke's excellent SMIF facility with the TEM. It was highly gratifying to obtain results after having studied and worked for weeks to get a specific crystalline morphology.


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  • Alex Simon

    Rising Senior
    Virginia Tech
    CEINT Research Site: Meyer Lab, Duke University
    Projects Title: Investigating  Nanoparticle Toxicity using Caenorhabditis elegans

    Participating in the CEINT REU provided me with an opportunity to not only further my experience conducting nanoparticle research but to also get a new perspective on the potential implications of nanotechnology.  I enjoyed meeting new people and listening to them discuss how they progressed with their own research helped me to formulate my own research goals more [...]

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