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 in background promotes and enhances the scholarly research process. CEINT taught me that no department has boundaries. I was able to network with friends and colleagues around the country and around the world and forge many lasting relationships.

Career Impacts and Plans

Confirmed that research was the correct path for me! I plan to transition to a PhD program in Chemical Engineering with a nanomaterials focus.