Research Experience for Undergraduates | 2013 REU Fellows

Why CEINT? From our REU students & interns:

  • Alice Wang

    Rising Junior
    Chemical/Environmental Engineering
    University of Southern California
    CEINT Research Site: Marr Lab, Virginia Tech University

    The atmosphere of the CEINT REU program was an excellent learning environment for me to grow as a researcher. I was fortunate to work with brilliant mentors at Virginia Tech, each of whom were supportive and knowledgeable. I enjoyed exploring interdisciplinary projects amongst my research team where I became acquainted with a variety of nanotechnology issues in our air. This [...]

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  • Eleanor Spielman-Sun

    Oberlin College
    CEINT Research Site: Lowry Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

    Being a student from a small liberal arts college, the CEINT REU program at Carnegie Mellon gave me an opportunity to work at a large, research-based university. It was great to be able to interact with a diverse lab group where everyone had a variety of backgrounds and strengths. The experience definitely reinforced my plans to attend graduate school.

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  • Michelle Laura Zeliph

    Rising Senior
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    CEINT Research Site: Bernhardt Lab, Duke University

    Participating in the CEINT REU program this summer taught me not only about the environmental implications of nanotechnology, but also about the challenges and rewards of collaborative research. This summer I got to work alongside several researchers with a variety of expertise and learned a great deal from each of them. I also had the opportunity to learn about several other research projects going on at CEINT [...]

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  • Matt Sweeney

    Rising Sophomore
    Chemical Engineering
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    CEINT Research Site: Wiesner Lab, Duke University

    CEINT gave me my first opportunity to perform research. The experience allowed me to discover what researching as an engineer entails. Discovering the range of applications nanotechnology can be used in was incredible and seeing how all of the individual projects the REU students worked on fit together and could be applicable to the others allowed me to further my interest in [...]

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  • Elizabeth Mohr

    Rising Junior
    Chemical Engineering and Environmental Earth Science
    Washington University in St. Louis
    CEINT Research Site: CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France

    The CEINT REU Program was an extraodinary way to get exposure to the lifestyle of a laboratory researcher. It was so rewarding to be able to delve into such a specific and interesting area of study, and to work on a project with important environmental implications. I also very much enjoyed witnessing the immensely interdiscplinary nature of the research being [...]

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  • Jasper Sia

    Rising Junior
    Chemical Engineering & Mathematics
    University of Arizona
    CEINT Research Site: Gunsch Lab, Duke University

    In addition to the opportunity to work with frontier research on nanotechnology, developing relationships with the affiliates of CEINT was an integral part in my CEINT REU experience. In their busy schedules, my professor and graduate student invested on me their breadth of knowledge and time; they taught me the essentials and encouraged me to contemplate the reasons behind the nanoparticle [...]

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  • Denise Lee

    Rising Sophomore
    Biochemistry & Cell Biology
    Rice University
    CEINT Research Site: CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France

    Having the privilege of working at the CEREGE this summer through the CEINT REU allowed me to mature both as a scientist and as a person. Being able to work in an international setting was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that opened my eyes to how different cultures live, work, and play. My project taught me how to communicate well with other scientists, honed my critical thinking skills, and [...]

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  • Amulya Pervaje

    Chemical Engineering Major
    Vanderbilt University
    CEINT Research Site: Vikesland Lab, Virginia Tech

    I really enjoyed my lab experience in the summer. I learned to use the AFM really well. Also, previously I had never had actual lab work experience, so I was nice to get that over the summer. The graduate student I worked, Ron Kent was super nice and helpful and showed me the ropes in the experiments I was conducting. I enjoyed seeing two experiments to completion, from collecting data to analyzing the results. Outside the [...]

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  • Margaret Fleming

    Rising Senior
    Environmental Engineering
    Cornell University
    CEINT Research Site: Wiesner Lab, Duke University

    The CEINT REU program offers a unique opportunity to learn and work amongst supportive and knowledgeable individuals, each with a passion for research. The highlight of my experience was collaborating with students, mentors, and professors from a variety of disciplines in order to reach a better understanding of how manufactured nanomaterials interact with natural systems. Working on my own project and [...]

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  • Marika Nell

    Rising Senior
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    CEINT Research Site: Hsu-Kim Lab, Duke University

    Before I participated in the CEINT REU, I knew very little about nanotechnology. So, for me, the main highlight of the REU program was the chance to learn about nanotechnology and get hands-on experience with ongoing research. Between seminars, lab tours, and the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of students, scholars, faculty and staff, the program exposed me to the [...]

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  • Eric Ryberg

    Rising Junior
    Chemistry/Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Johns Hopkins University
    CEINT Research Site: DiGuilio Lab – Duke University

    Participating in the CEINT REU program was a wonderful experience. The most eye-opening part of this experience was seeing how each piece of research fit into the larger breadth of knowledge that CEINT was pioneering. We each had the opportunity to see how our specific role fit into our lab’s research projects, and how those together fit into the big picture, all of which we learned about [...]

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