Michelle Laura Zeliph
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 through the other interns in the program. Living at Duke for the summer with the other interns allowed me to not only meet individuals from colleges across the country, but form lasting friendships and professional networks. I know that this experience has certainly opened doors for me and I am looking forward to the future opportunities this program may allow me to pursue.
Career Impacts and Plans
Participating in the CEINT REU program this summer strengthened my passion for research and influenced my decision to apply to graduate school. I am currently applying to environmental microbiology programs and hope to begin my doctoral studies in Fall 2014.