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REU Participants

2017 Participants

I’m incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in the REU program at the University of Kentucky. This program allowed me to work in research with some outstanding professors, graduate and undergraduate students as well as helped prepar

Rachel Boone – University of Kentucky

I’m incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in the REU program at the University of Kentucky. This program allowed me to work in research with some outstanding professors, graduate and undergraduate students as well as helped prepar

This program was a unique and enriching experience. It provided a glimpse into graduate school and granted me the opportunity to collaborate and interact with many qualified and supportive advisors. Apart from lab work, I enjoyed passing time with other R

Benjamin Cherian – Virginia Commonwealth University

This program was a unique and enriching experience. It provided a glimpse into graduate school and granted me the opportunity to collaborate and interact with many qualified and supportive advisors. Apart from lab work, I enjoyed passing time with other R

I am incredibly glad I decided to stay in Lexington for the summer for the UK REU program. Every day had new problems to solve and every day I experienced new things both on campus and off with a group of undergraduate and graduate students I am glad to c

Hannah Dvorak – University of Kentucky

I am incredibly glad I decided to stay in Lexington for the summer for the UK REU program. Every day had new problems to solve and every day I experienced new things both on campus and off with a group of undergraduate and graduate students I am glad to c

The 2017 NSF REU at UK was a fantastic experience for all who have even slight interested in graduate school. It is a wonderful opportunity to get real, hands-on experience in a science and engineering lab environment as well as become familiar with the d

Jessica Anderson – Western Kentucky University

The 2017 NSF REU at UK was a fantastic experience for all who have even slight interested in graduate school. It is a wonderful opportunity to get real, hands-on experience in a science and engineering lab environment as well as become familiar with the d

I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the REU program. It was a wonderful experience: I met new friends, learned new skills, and participated in innovative research. The professors and administrative faculty at UK are esp

Benjamin Evers – Vanderbilt University

I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the REU program. It was a wonderful experience: I met new friends, learned new skills, and participated in innovative research. The professors and administrative faculty at UK are esp

This REU was an amazing experience that taught me a lot about what grad school is like as well as giving me great research experience. I learned so much about how to conduct research, and the program also gave us important practice with both oral and post

Audrey Fetsko – University of Notre Dame

This REU was an amazing experience that taught me a lot about what grad school is like as well as giving me great research experience. I learned so much about how to conduct research, and the program also gave us important practice with both oral and post

This program is a wonderful way to immerse oneself in the life of a researcher. After getting to know people from around the country, and even outside of it, we were given the chance to connect with top professors at the university. From the long days in

Stephen Goodlett – University of Kentucky

This program is a wonderful way to immerse oneself in the life of a researcher. After getting to know people from around the country, and even outside of it, we were given the chance to connect with top professors at the university. From the long days in

This summer participating in UK’s REU program was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I get an insight on a research-based path and graduate school, but I also got to spend a lot of time with the other participants, who ultimately I becam

Maria Victoria Klaus – University of Arkansas in Fayetteville

This summer participating in UK’s REU program was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I get an insight on a research-based path and graduate school, but I also got to spend a lot of time with the other participants, who ultimately I becam

Participating in the REU program at the University of Kentucky gave me the unique opportunity to experience what it would be like to be a graduate student of chemical engineering. The completion of this program has also drastically improved my research sk

Phillip I Johnson – University of Kentucky

Participating in the REU program at the University of Kentucky gave me the unique opportunity to experience what it would be like to be a graduate student of chemical engineering. The completion of this program has also drastically improved my research sk

My time at the University of Kentucky as a part of the NSF REU was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career. I was able to take a leading role in a research project with a potential impact on current clinical therap

Karli Lipinski – University of Arkansas

My time at the University of Kentucky as a part of the NSF REU was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career. I was able to take a leading role in a research project with a potential impact on current clinical therap

I am truly honored to not only be selected to participate in this program, but to leave with results. I have learned and gained so much experience that will be useful in my upcoming semester. I have met some people that will definitely keep in contact wit

Lydia Millard – Kentucky State University

I am truly honored to not only be selected to participate in this program, but to leave with results. I have learned and gained so much experience that will be useful in my upcoming semester. I have met some people that will definitely keep in contact wit

Participating in a REU Program this summer at University of Kentucky was a gratifying experience. I had the chance to meet some really cool people while working around an amazing campus. UK summer program gives you a nice balance between lab work and extr

Dickson D Ortiz Zayas – University of Puerto Rico

Participating in a REU Program this summer at University of Kentucky was a gratifying experience. I had the chance to meet some really cool people while working around an amazing campus. UK summer program gives you a nice balance between lab work and extr

The decision to participate in the University of Kentucky REU program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am so thankful for the opportunity to conduct new and interesting research and to be the leader of my own project. Not only did I get t

Rebecca Palmer – University of Kentucky

The decision to participate in the University of Kentucky REU program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am so thankful for the opportunity to conduct new and interesting research and to be the leader of my own project. Not only did I get t

I am so grateful that I decided to come to Kentucky for the REU program this summer. Prior to this experience, I had never conducted research before, so I was scared coming in to this position with no experience. The REU program, however, made me feel rig

Jamie Silk –Villanova University

I am so grateful that I decided to come to Kentucky for the REU program this summer. Prior to this experience, I had never conducted research before, so I was scared coming in to this position with no experience. The REU program, however, made me feel rig

The REU program at the University of Kentucky was a wonderful experience. The research project I worked on was very interesting and I learned a lot about different areas of research in engineering. This program was also useful in deciding on pursuing grad

Madison Stiefbold – Carnegie Mellon University

The REU program at the University of Kentucky was a wonderful experience. The research project I worked on was very interesting and I learned a lot about different areas of research in engineering. This program was also useful in deciding on pursuing grad

The REU at the University of Kentucky introduced me to amazing people and experiences. While providing a fresh perspective on chemical engineering and materials research, I also had the fortune of exploring a new area of the country and all that it has to

Justin Zhong – University of Texas

The REU at the University of Kentucky introduced me to amazing people and experiences. While providing a fresh perspective on chemical engineering and materials research, I also had the fortune of exploring a new area of the country and all that it has to

2016 Participants

The REU program is a great way to give students an inside look at what grad school is like, and I gained a lot of experience with research and collaboration in the lab. Aside from lab work, getting to know and hanging out with fellow students from all ove

Mikayla McDonald – UW-Eau Claire

The REU program is a great way to give students an inside look at what grad school is like, and I gained a lot of experience with research and collaboration in the lab. Aside from lab work, getting to know and hanging out with fellow students from all ove

The University of Kentucky REU introduced me to amazing people and experiences. It gave me a rigorously rewarding education but left me with the freedom to explore life outside of chemical engineering, like living in a new city, making new connections, an

Eli Ruffer – Carleton College

The University of Kentucky REU introduced me to amazing people and experiences. It gave me a rigorously rewarding education but left me with the freedom to explore life outside of chemical engineering, like living in a new city, making new connections, an

I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in this REU at the University of Kentucky. The program gave me the opportunity to take a leading role in a research project, and I learned so many new skills in the process. The various mentorship

Cameron Sptizfaden – Alma College

I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in this REU at the University of Kentucky. The program gave me the opportunity to take a leading role in a research project, and I learned so many new skills in the process. The various mentorship

The time I spent at UKY for the 2016 REU program was the best summer of my undergrad years. The experience was the perfect mixture of learning and fun activities. It was clear that all of the faculty put in a tremendous amount of effort to create a fun, s

Oscar Zabala – University of New Haven

The time I spent at UKY for the 2016 REU program was the best summer of my undergrad years. The experience was the perfect mixture of learning and fun activities. It was clear that all of the faculty put in a tremendous amount of effort to create a fun, s

The summer research experience at the University of Kentucky was a fantastic program. I was able to work on novel research alongside world-class Professors, graduate students, and undergraduates. Besides lab work, there were professional development sessi

Martha Floy – Kansas State University

The summer research experience at the University of Kentucky was a fantastic program. I was able to work on novel research alongside world-class Professors, graduate students, and undergraduates. Besides lab work, there were professional development sessi

Participating in the UK summer REU was one of the best experiences I have had so far in my college career. Not only did I get to wake up every day and work on a research project that I loved, I met some pretty incredible people who become some of my close

Alison Crupper – University of Kentucky

Participating in the UK summer REU was one of the best experiences I have had so far in my college career. Not only did I get to wake up every day and work on a research project that I loved, I met some pretty incredible people who become some of my close

Choosing to participate in the NSF REU Program at the University of Kentucky was one of the hardest and smartest decisions of my life. I had never been to Kentucky before, or away from my family for such an extended period of time. I took a chance, and I’

Carmen Chen NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Choosing to participate in the NSF REU Program at the University of Kentucky was one of the hardest and smartest decisions of my life. I had never been to Kentucky before, or away from my family for such an extended period of time. I took a chance, and I’

The REU this summer was a wonderful introduction to full time research that got me thinking like a scientist. I enjoyed working through the challenges of my project and learning new and interesting things that will one day contribute to society. I had so

Sarah Coulson – University of Kentucky

The REU this summer was a wonderful introduction to full time research that got me thinking like a scientist. I enjoyed working through the challenges of my project and learning new and interesting things that will one day contribute to society. I had so

The REU program was a great summer experience to prepare me for graduate school. I learned about a variety of topics in chemical engineering and was able to apply my knowledge working with my graduate student mentor. I also met a great group of fellow res

Christ Rust – North Carolina State University

The REU program was a great summer experience to prepare me for graduate school. I learned about a variety of topics in chemical engineering and was able to apply my knowledge working with my graduate student mentor. I also met a great group of fellow res

The hands-on and immersive experience at Kentucky’s NSF-REU not only exposed me to graduate research, but also provided me with the connections, skills, and mindset required to think as an independent scientist and engineer. I believe the program was a cr

Alexander Ocken – Purdue University

The hands-on and immersive experience at Kentucky’s NSF-REU not only exposed me to graduate research, but also provided me with the connections, skills, and mindset required to think as an independent scientist and engineer. I believe the program was a cr

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in this REU program. The program was a glimpse into life as a graduate student, with seminars and mentors to show the way to success in research. The opportunity to conduct extensive research, presen

Alexus Rockward – University of Kentucky

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in this REU program. The program was a glimpse into life as a graduate student, with seminars and mentors to show the way to success in research. The opportunity to conduct extensive research, presen

The REU was an all-around great experience. The work research that I completed was meaningful and lasting. The connection that I made with UK’s faculty will last and help me in undergraduate and graduate school. The truest strength of this program, howeve

Fox Thorpe – University of Kentucky

The REU was an all-around great experience. The work research that I completed was meaningful and lasting. The connection that I made with UK’s faculty will last and help me in undergraduate and graduate school. The truest strength of this program, howeve