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 with graduate students also expedited adaptation to lab life. The CEINT REU gave me motivation and direction heading into my senior year at Mizzou. I made friends from colleges across the US, and will stay connected with them for years.
Career Impacts and Plans
This summer (2013) I will be doing an internship for Yadkin Riverkeeper in Winston Salem, NC. My CEINT background definitely helped me secure the spot for an environmental project.
Graduate School Plans
I learned about the MEM program at Duke during the REU program, applied and was accepted and will attend fall (2013). I think this may be one of the more impactful decisions I have made.