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 appropriately- an experience which will surely help me in the future. The laboratory research and presentation experience provided through CEINT will certainly help me as I adjust to graduate research in my future. I was glad to meet fellow undergraduates as well as graduates and professors, get a feel for a university I was interested in attending for graduate school, and gain more experience working in a field I love.
Career Impacts and Plans
This REU encouraged me further to pursue nanotechnology as a particular interest for future research in grad school. Having this internship probably contributed to my being awarded the Ryan Fellowship for exploration in nanoscience at Northwestern, the university which I am attending for graduate school. This summer I will begin work at Northwestern early and hope to evaluate my options for future research as I begin my graduate research- possibly in nanotechnology.