Former Participants

Since its inception in 1987, the NSF-sponsored KU Chemistry REU Program has hosted over 300 undergraduates from Universities and Colleges across the US.  They have been joined by numerous undergraduate researchers from KU and other schools.  Scroll down for information about each summer cohort.

2017

2017 Participant/Mentor
Details
Arvidson, Jacob**
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS                  
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of North Texas
Borkowski, Ashley
Mentor:  Cindy Berrie
School:  Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville GA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Craven, Mark*
Mentor: Kristin Bowman-James
School: Dublin City University, Dublin Ireland
Status:  Seeking PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry - University of Kansas
Davis, Cara♦
Mentor:  Audrey Lamb
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Expects to graduate spring 2019 with BS in Chemistry
Eades, Austin
Mentor:  Michael Rubin
School:  Fort Lewis College, Durango CO
Status:  Expects to graduate spring 2018
Gavin, Sarah♦♦♦
Mentor:  Hui Zhao
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Expects to graduate spring 2018
Guadalupe, Karina
Mentor:  Carey Johnson
School:  California State University, San Marcos CA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of California, Merced
Harmon, Whitney♦♦♦
Mentor:  Chris Elles
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:   Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Iowa
Keister, Mattea***
Mentor:  Lisa Timmons
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS 
Status:   Expects to graduate in spring 2019
King, Daniel
Mentor:  James Blakemore
School:  St. Olaf College, Northfield MN
Status:  Expects to graduate in spring 2019
Lorenzo, Emmaline*
Mentor:  Brian Kelleher (DCU)
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Northwestern University
Maldonado, David
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
School:  University of Texas Permian Basin, Odessa TX
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Neal, Treavor
Mentor:  Brian Laird
School:  Westminster College, Fulton MO
Status:  Pursuing an Aerospace Engineering degree - M.U.S.T
Rivera, Travis
Mentor:  Tim Jackson
School:  Worcester State University, Worcester MA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Clark University
Kyler, Ross
Mentor:  Caricato/Kuczera
School:  Southern Nazarene University, Bethany OK
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Schoneich, Sonia♦
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status: Seeking a PhD in Chemistry - University of Washington
Stewart-Jones, Eleanor^
Mentor:  Tim Jackson
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Expects to graduate spring 2020 with a BS in Chemistry
Uhler, Rachel
Mentor:  Yong Zeng
School:  University of Mary, Bismarck ND
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry, St. Louis University
Vasquez, Bryan♦♦
Mentor:  Mario Rivera
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Expects to graduate spring 2020
Walker, Nicole
Mentor:  Michael Johnson
School:  Western Illinois University
Status:  Expects to graduate spring 2019 with a BS Forensic Chemistry
Wood, Zachary***
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Expects to graduate spring 2019
Supported by:  †NSF CHE-1560279   *Hamilton Access UG Research Scholarship 
​**McNair Scholarship   ***KU Beckman Scholars Program    ♦K-INBRE   ♦♦Heartland CAMP Program  
♦♦♦NSF EPSCoR IIA-1430493  ^Other

2016

2016 Participant/Mentor
Details
Brewer, Kathryn****
Mentor:  Audrey Lamb
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS                  
Status:  Seeking PhD in Biochemistry - Vanderbilt University
Clay, Collin****
Mentor:  Paul Hanson
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Graduated with BS in Chemistry; currently working with political campaign  
Davis, Christian
Mentor: Sue Lunte
School: Huntingdon College, Montgomery AL
Status:  Graduated with BS in Chemistry
Dekarske, Madeline
Mentor:  Michael Clift
School:  Agnes Scott College, Decatur GA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Emory University
Downer, LaTanya
Mentor:  David Weis
School:  Savanna State University, Savannah GA
Status:  Seeking MS in Forensic Chemistry - Kennesaw State University
Fiorentino, Vincent^
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Expects to graduate spring 2019
Freire-Sovierzoski, Julia**
Mentor:  Ward Thompson
School: Federal Technologist University, Parana Brazil        
Status:   Graduated BA Technological Chemistry - Student Researcher at UTFPR
Hicks, Kenton
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
School:  Wabash College, Crawfordville IN
Status:   Graduated with a BA Biochemistry & French - Wabash College
Brooks, Hidaka*
Mentor:  Brian Kelleher
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS 
Status:   Seeking Masters in Education - University of Kansas
Hopkins, Julie
Mentor:  James Blakemore
School:  University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth KS
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Liss, Cameron
Mentor:  Marco Caricato
School:  Roosevelt University, Chicago IL
Status:  Graduated BA in Chemistry - works as a Lab Tech at AbbVie
Lu-Diaz, Michael††
Mentor:  Michael Rubin
School:  University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - UMass Amherst
Marincin, Kenneth
Mentor:  Carey Johnson
School:  Metropolitan State University, Denver CO
Status:  Seeking PhD in Molecular Biophysics - John Hopkins University
Nicastri, Kate
Mentor:  Paul Hanson
School:  College of Holy Cross, Worcester MA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Wisconsin, Madison
O'Donnell, Fergal*
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
School:  Dublin City University, Dublin Ireland
Status: Seeking PhD in CHO Cell Biology - University of Sheffield UK
Schenone, Dominic***
Mentor:  John Karanicolas
School:  John Hopkins University, Baltimore MD
Status:  Graduated BS Bioengineering - works as Lab Tech Rochester Med.Center
Stucky, Chase
Mentor:  Michael Johnson
School:  Bethel College, Newton KS
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Wood, Zach^
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Expects to graduate spring 2019
Supported by:  ​​†NSF CHE-156027  †NSF CHE-1263259  *Hamilton Access UG Research Scholarship
**Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP)  ***REU Rosetta Commons Program
****KU Beckman Scholars Program  ^Other  ​

 

2015

2015 Participant/Mentor
Details
Abba, Esha*
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
School:  Dublin City University, Dublin Ireland                    
Status:  Biochemical Analyst for Megazyme in Dublin Ireland
Ashberry, Hannah
Mentor:  Cindy Berrie
School:  Millersville University, Millersville PA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Indiana University
Barnes, Jeremy
Mentor: Marco Caricato
School: Park University, Parkville MO
Status:  Seeking Accountant/Business degree - Park University
Barrett, Colby^
Mentor:  Michael Rubin
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:   Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Southern California
Boe, Dominic
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
School:  Wartburg College, Waverly IA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Pittsburgh
Cardoso, Luisa**
Mentor:  Tim Jackson
School:  Federal University of Bahia Brazil
Status:  Expects to graduate spring 2016
Compton, Jordan
Mentor:  Jon Tunge
School:  Grinnell College, Grinnell IA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Pennsylvania
Flores, Judith
Mentor:  Robert Dunn
School:  California State University, San Marcos CA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of California, San Diego
Furgurson, Mia
Mentor:  Michael Johnson
School:  Texas State University, San Marcos TX 
Status:  Seeking PhD Molecular Physiology/Biophysics - Baylor University
Ryan Hamlin***
Mentor:  Chris Elles
School:  Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg MA
Status:  Researcher with Banzan International Group Corp.
Lorenzo, Emmaline^
Mentor:  Chris Elles
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Northwestern University
McLernon, Bailey
Mentor:  Michael Clift
School:  Framingham State University, Framingham MA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Boston University
Nag, Ishan
Mentor:  Mario Rivera
School:  Western Connecticut State, Danbury CT
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Brandeis University
Quint, Sumar
Mentor:  Yong Zeng
School:  Winona State University, Winona MN
Status:  Seeking Doctor of Osteopathy Degee - Des Moines University
Schultz, Cody
Mentor:  Minae Mure
School:  Truman State University, Kirksville MO
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Nebraska, Lincoln
 
Supported by:  †NSF CHE-1263259  *Hamilton Access UG Research Scholarship   
**Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP)   ***NSF/EPSCoR IIA-1430493  ^Other 

2014

2014 Participant/Mentor
Details
Anderson, Constance
Mentor:  Jon Tunge
School:  Minnesota State University, Moorhead MN                    
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Minnesota
Atkinson, Taylor^
Mentor:  Paul Hanson
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Expects to graduate in Spring 2016 
Bennin, Trevor
Mentor: Michael Rubin
School: Northland College, Ashland WI
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Wisconsin
Calio, Paul
Mentor:  Ward Thompson
School:  Bradley University, Peoria IL
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Chicago
Diepenbrock, Anna
Mentor:  Paul Hanson
School:  College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout MO
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Nebraska
Fantin, Sarah
Mentor:  Michael Johnson
School:  University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis IN
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Michigan
Foley, Stephen*
Mentor:  Minae Mure
School:  Dublin City University, Dublin Ireland
Status:  Seeking PhD in Biology - Dublin City University
Marrow, Darien
Mentor:  Chris Elles
School:  Missouri Western State, St Joesph MO
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Wisconsin
O'Connor, Thomas^
Mentor:  Michael Clift
School:  Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY 
Status:   Graduated BA in Chemistry - Lab Tech at Vassar College
Ortiz-Piccard, Selina
Mentor:  Richard Givens
School:  University of Puerto Rico - Humacao Puerto Rico
Status: Graduated BA Industrial Chemistry-Intern at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville FL
Sanders, Brittany
Mentor:  David Weis
School:  Drury University, Springfield MO
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Sens, Jonathan
Mentor:  Craig Lunte
School:  University of Dayton, Dayton OH
Status:  Pursuing graduate studies in Neuroscience
Skillett, Paige
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
School:  Hastings College, Hastings NE
Status:  Graduated with a degree in Chemistry
 
Supported by:  †NSF CHE-1263259  *Hamilton Access UG Research Scholarship   ^Other

2013

2013 Participant/Mentor
Details
Allen, Samantha
Mentor:  Chris Elles
School:  Agnes Scott College, Decatur GA                     
Status:  Seeking PhD at the University of Colorado
Barnier, Catherine
Mentor:  Cindy Berrie
School:  Western Connecticut State, Danbury CT
Status:  Pursing graduate studies
Chinonge, Kasabi^
Mentor:  Paul Hanson
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Graduated BA in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Corzine, Briana
Mentor: Tim Jackson
School: Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashiville TN
Status:  Seeking PhD in Biochemistry - Vanderbilt University
Echimeier, Austin
Mentor:  Craig Lunte
School:  Truman State University, Kirksville MO
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Employed at Bio Design Institute
Murphy, Robert*
Mentor:  Craig Lunte
School:  Dublin City University, Dublin Ireland
Status:  Serving as a Research Assistant at Dublin City University
Otolski, Christopher
Mentor:  Shenqiang Ren
School:  University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis IN
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Rewerts, Justin
Mentor:  Jeff Aube
School:  St. Martins University, Lacey WA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Oregon State University
Rice, Allison
Mentor:  Michael Johnson
School:  Westminster College, New Wilmington PA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of South Carolina
Torres-Texidor
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
School:  Pontifical Catholic University, Pounce Puerto Rico
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Trull, Keelan
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
School:  Atchison University, Atchison KS
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Purdue University
Wells, Robert
Mentor:  Ward Thompson
School:  University of Arkansas, Fort Smith AR
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Colorado
Wiley, Seth
Mentor:  Benson/Rivera
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Michigan
Yin, Yiqiu^
Mentor:  Yong Zeng
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Confirmation Chemist at Clinical Reference Laboratories - Lenexa KS
Supported by:  †NSF CHE-1263259   *Hamilton Access UG Research Scholarship   ^Other

 

 

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2017 REU NEWS

Published News: 
On July 24, 2017 - Cameron Liss had his research featured in the ACS Journal of Chemical Theory & Computation.  Cameron served as a 2016 REU Participant under the direction of Professor Marco Caricato.  The article is titled:  "Electronic Coupling for Donor-Bridge-Acceptor Systems with a Bridge-Overlap Approach"  Click to access abstract


► "HEADLINER" - Mark Craven not only makes the new in Ireland, but here at KU:  Click for the story

1992 REU Alumni Joseph Cavaleri
remembers when....
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