Former Participants

Since its inception in 1987, the NSF-sponsored KU Chemistry REU Program has hosted over 300 undergraduates from Universities & Colleges across the US.  They've been joined by numerous
undergraduate researchers from KU and other schools. 
 

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2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2019 Participant/Mentor
Details
Adelaide, Darragh
Mentor:  Mei He
Lab Mentor:  SuiChing Phung
Support:  NIH NIGMS P20GM1000372 /Hamilton Access Scholarshop & DCU/KU Lunte Prgm 2112703
School:  Dublin City University, Dublin Ireland                 
Status: 
Anderson, Micah
Mentor:  James Blakemore
Lab Mentor:  Julie Hopkins
Support:  NSF- CHEM 1560279
School:  Jackson State University, Jackson Mississippi
Status:  
Barybin, Anton
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
Lab Mentor:  SuiChing Phung
Support:  Adams KUEA 32373-CLASDP0006
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas
Status: 
Gonzalez, Phasin
Mentor:  Steven Soper
Lab Mentor:  Ian Freed 
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1560279
School: Stetson University, Deland Flordia
Status:
Feden, Lauren
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
Lab Mentor:  Jason Applegate
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1560279
School:  Hastings College, Hastings Nebraska
Status: 
Grande, Ashley
Mentor:  David Weis
Lab Mentor:  Michael Wrigley
Support:  NSF-CHEM
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas
Status: 
Hendricks, Dylan
Mentor:  Carey Johnson
Lab Mentor:  Shelia Bailey
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1710613 & NSF-CHEM 1560279
School:  Northwestern College, Orange City Iowa
Status: 
Hessefort, Logan
Mentor:  Tim Jackson
Lab Mentor:  Abraham Opalade
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1560279
School:  University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg Missouri
Status:  
Hunt, Christian
Mentor:  Cindy Berrie
Lab Mentor:  Sasanka Ulapane
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1560279
School:  Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma
Status:  
Joseph, Khayla
Mentor:  Kristin Bowman-James
Lab Mentor:  Sandeep Kaur
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1560279
School:  Tabor College, Hillsboro Kansas
Status: 
Landry, Patrick
Mentor:  Ward Thompson
Lab Mentor:  Ankita Katiyar
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1560279
School:  Louisiana Tech University, Ruston Louisiana
Status: 
Lynam, Delaney
Mentor:  Marco Caricato
Lab Mentor:  Amy Jystad
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1560279
School:  Northwest Missouri State, Maryville Missouri

Status: 
McQuillan, Tara
Mentor:  Jon Tunge
Lab Mentor:  Mary Maliszewski
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1560279
School:  University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth Kansas
Status: 
Negron, Samantha
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
Lab Mentor:  Galina Bulgakova
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1560279
School:  California State University, San Marcos California
Status: 
Nguyen, Tyler
Program Director: Blanaid White
DCU Mentor: Silva Giordani
Support:  DCU/KU Lunte Exchange Program 2112703
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas
Status: 
Plouch, Eleda
Mentor:  Paul Hanson
Lab Mentor:  Viena Thomas
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1560279
School:  Hope College, Holland Michigan
Status: 
Snyder, Alexa
Mentor:  Carey Johnson
Lab Mentor:  Shelia Bailey
Support:  NSF-CHEM 1710613 & NSF-CHEM 1560613
School:  Augustana University, Sioux Falls South Dakota
Status: 
Stiel, Jonah
Mentor:   James Blakemore
Lab Mentor:  Wade Henke
Support:  KU Beckman Scholars Award 1000900
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas
Status: 
Super, Jon
Mentor:  Jon Tunge
Lab Mentor:  Mary Maliszewski
Support:  Salary Release Funds 2112009-099
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas
Status:
Vander Laan, Katherine
Mentor:  Marco Caricato
Lab Mentor:  Ty Balduf
Support:  NSF-CHEM
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas
Status: 

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:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Michigan
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:  BS Physics (2018), University of Kansas
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:   Graduated with BS in Biochemistry; Applying to medical schools.
King, Daniel
Mentor:  James Blakemore
School:  St. Olaf College, Northfield MN
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Minnesota
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 BS in Aeronautial Engineering - M.U.S.T
Rivera, Travis
Mentor:  Tim Jackson
School:  Worcester State University, Worcester MA
Status:  R&D Technician at Incom Corporation, Boston area
Kyler, Ross
Mentor:  Caricato/Kuczera
School:  Southern Nazarene University, Bethany OK
Status:  Laboratory Technician at Versum Materials in Broken Arrow OK
Schoneich, Sonia♦
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Seeking 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, Macomb IL
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Wood, Zachary***
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Southern California
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:  BS Chemistry 2019; Recruitment Coordinator KU Honors Program  
Davis, Christian
Mentor: Sue Lunte
School: Huntingdon College, Montgomery AL
Status:  BS Chemistry 2019
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:   MS Chemical Sciences, 2019 - Kennesaw State University
Fiorentino, Vincent^
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status: BS Biochemistry (2019)
Freire-Sovierzoski, Julia**
Mentor:  Ward Thompson
School: Federal University of Technolgy, Parana Brazil        
Status:  Seeking MS in Env. Science - Federal University of Technology, Parana Brazil 
Hicks, Kenton
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
School:  Wabash College, Crawfordville IN
Status:   Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Northwestern University
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:  BA in Chemistry 2018 - 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:  BS Bioengineering 2018; 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:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Southern California
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:  BS Accounting/Business Admin; Sr. Assoc. at BKD CPAs & Advisors
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 DO 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:  Seeking DO at Kansas City Univeristy of Medicine & Biosciences  
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
Morrow, 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:   Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of California Berkeley
Ortiz-Piccard, Selina
Mentor:  Richard Givens
School:  University of Puerto Rico - Humacao Puerto Rico
Status: Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of South Carolina
Sanders, Brittany
Mentor:  David Weis
School:  Drury University, Springfield MO
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Sens, Jonathon
Mentor:  Craig Lunte
School:  University of Dayton, Dayton OH
Status:  Seeking PhD in Neuroscience - Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Florida
Skillett, Paige
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
School:  Hastings College, Hastings NE
Status:  MS Chemistry 2018, Iowa State U.  Chemist at Li-Cor Biosciences.
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 in Chemistry - University of Colorado Boulder
Barnier, Catherine
Mentor:  Cindy Berrie
School:  Western Connecticut State, Danbury CT
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Michigan
Chinonge, Kasabi^
Mentor:  Paul Hanson
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  Graduated BA in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Corzine (Wyzinski), Briana
Mentor: Tim Jackson
School: Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashiville TN
Status:  Seeking PhD in Biochemistry - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Echelmeier, Austin
Mentor:  Craig Lunte
School:  Truman State University, Kirksville MO
Status:  Seeking PhD - Arizona State University Bio Design Institute
Murphy, Robert*
Mentor:  Craig Lunte
School:  Dublin City University, Dublin Ireland
Status:  PhD Royal College of Surgeons Dublin (2019); Postdoc at same institution.
Otolski, Christopher
Mentor:  Shenqiang Ren
School:  University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis IN
Status:  PhD Chemistry 2019, 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:  PhD Chemistry (2018) - University of South Carolina; Postdoc at Wake Forest
Torres-Texidor, Orlando
Mentor:  Misha Barybin
School:  Pontifical Catholic University, Pounce Puerto Rico
Status:  MS Chemistry (2017); University of Iowa
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 Chemical Biology - University of Michigan
Yin, Yiqiu^
Mentor:  Yong Zeng
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:  BS Chemistry 2014; Senior Assoc. Scientist - Catalent Pharma Solutions
Supported by:  †NSF CHE-1263259   *Hamilton Access UG Research Scholarship   ^Other

 

2012

2012 Participant/Mentor
Details
Zachary Bushman
Mentor:  Cindy Berrie
School:  University of Wisconsin, Platteville WI                  
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Penn State University
Sonivette Colon-Rodriguez
Mentor:  Robert Dunn
School:  Ponitical Catholic University, Ponce Puerto Rico
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Albany NY
Grace Gast
Mentor:  Paul Hanson
School:  Luther College, Decorah IA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Minnesota
Ethan Harak
Mentor: Shenqiang Ren
School:  Rock Hurst University, Kansas City Missouri
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - Indiana University
Rena Ingram
Mentor:  Tim Jackson
School:  Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley GA
Status:  Seeking Masters of Art/Teaching & Secondary Chemistry - Kennesaw State University
Sarah Kahn
Mentor:  Tom Prisinzano
School:  University of Tulsa
Status:  Expects to graduate Spring 2016
Shannon Kauss
Mentor:  Sue Lunte
School:  Keene State College, Keene NH
Status:  Seeking PhD Chemistry - University of Virginia
Mitchell Newton
Mentor:  Craig Lunte
School:  University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status:   Expects to graduate Spring 2016
Aaron Rudeen
Mentor:  Minae Mure
School:  Bethel College, North Newton KS
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Kansas
Amy Rydeen
Mentor:  Jon Tunge
School:  Indiana University of Pennsylanvia, Indiana PA
Status:  Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of North Carolina
Chris Simwinga
Mentor:  Craig Lunte
School:  Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg KS
Status:  Seeking MD - University of Kansas School of Medicine
William Taylor
Mentor:  Jeff Aube
School:  Jackson State University, Jackson MS
Status:  Research Assistant - University of Mississippi
Monica Trejo
Mentor:  Helena Malinakova
School:  California State University, Turlock CA
Status:  Pursuing graduate studies in Chemistry - IREU Grenoble France 2014
Katee Wyant*
Mentor:  Carey Johnson
School:  Northwestern College, Orange City IA
Status:  Seeking MD-University of Iowa School of Medicine
Supported by:  †NSF CHE-1004897   *NSF-CHEM 1124946 (Carey Johnson)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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


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