A ten-week hybrid summer program was held this year (May 24 - July 30) with in-person laboratory research and virtual program meetings and activities. There were 10 participants in the program coming from Michigan and around the country. Students learned about the research process, the collection and analysis of data, and proper ways of reporting data and findings through weekly progress reports, a virtual poster presentation at a campus-wide research symposium (Mid-SURE), and a virtual oral presentation in a department symposium.
In addition to this research training, student participants engaged in discussions about responsible conduct of research, mentor-mentee relationships, authorship and plagiarism, data and data management, the value of diversity and importance of inclusion, and transferable skills and leadership.
The terrific group of student participants included Steve Beuther (Michigan Technological University - Chemistry), Sarah Fisher (University of Texas at Dallas - Chemistry), Jada Harvey (Ball State University - Exercise Physiology/Chemistry), Laura Hiotaky (Michigan State University - Biochemistry), Jessie Lee (Harvard University - Chemistry), Alenis Santiago-Morera (UPR-Mayaguez - Chemical Engineering), Catherine Saunders (Indiana University - Chemistry/Psychology), Isaac Spackman (Calvin College - Mechanical Engineering), Gynesis Vance (College of Holy Cross - Chemistry) and Cliff Yang (Hillsdale College - Chemistry).
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the department held a virtual program this summer. The six-week program included 9 participants from Michigan and around the country. Students worked under the mentorship of chemistry or engineering faculty, and their graduate students, to conduct a literature research or a data analysis project. Student participants met weekly with their mentors for a project meeting to discuss the science and to assess progress. Student participants also engaged in the faculty mentor's weekly research group meeting. Project deliverables included weekly progress reports, a virtual poster presentation at a campus-wide research symposium (Mid-SURE), and a final written project report.
In addition to these research activities, student participants engaged in discussions about responsible conduct of research, mentor-mentee relationships, authorship and plagiarism, data and data management, the value of diversity and importance of inclusion, and transferable skills and leadership.
The following students participated in the summer 2020 program:
Shantavia Bettis (Prairie View A&M University, Chemistry)
Mentor: Professor Marcos Dantus, Chemistry
Max Birmingham (Adrian College, Chemistry)
Mentor: Professor Robert Maleczka (Chemistry)
Shannon Cartwright (Michigan State University, Chemistry)
Mentor: Professor Gary Blanchard (Chemistry)
Keaton Connelly (Western Michigan University, Chemical Engineering)
Mentor: Professor Vlad Tarabara (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Lauryn Gibbs (Cornell University, Environmental Science)
Mentor: Professor Tom Hamann (Chemistry)
Aaron Jacobs (Andrews University, Chemistry)
Mentor: Professor Karen Draths (Chemistry)
Megan Shaw (Grand Valley State University, Chemistry)
Mentor: Professor Greg Swain (Chemistry)
Nathan Slater (Oakland University)
Mentor: Professor Selly Demir (Chemistry)
Kelli Weigold (Michigan State University, Chemical Engineering)
Mentor: Professor Robert Ferrier (Chemical Engineering)
2019 Summer REU Participants:
From left to right (front row): Betoul Ali (MSU), Jennifer Elder (Chatham University, PA), Kameryn Hinton (Mercer University, GA), and Nelson Caldelaria (UPR-Mayaguez).
From left to right (back row): Emma Calabrese (The College of New Jersey), Andrew LaDuca (Grand Valley State University, MI), Ben Farris (MSU), and Daniel Chi (Andrews University, MI).
Not shown: Shaquwana Simpson (North Carolina Central University)
Photo taken during a field trip to Dow Chemical Co.