Alumni


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.

Scroll down for information about each summer cohort. 

REU participant in the lab
2019 participants participate in lab work.

2021 Participants

Name/FundingSchoolMentor/Lab Assistant
Bartlett, Elizabeth
NSF1001693
College of Saint Benedict
St. Joseph Minnesota
Ward Thompson
Ashley Borkowski
Benitez, Gabriel
NSF1001693
Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction Colorado
James Blakemore
Chelsea Comadoll
Campbell, Nicholas
NSF1001693
Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville Georgia
Meredith Hartley Jenna Williams
Castaneda, Robert
NSF1001985
University of Kansas
Lawrence Kansas
Chris Elles PJ Srivastava
Chua, Aleesa
NSF1001985
Colorado College
Colorado Springs Colorado
Heather Desaire Leah Pfeifer
Cosner, Emma
Landgrebe Scholarship
University of Kansas
Lawrence Kansas
James Blakemore Julie Leseburg
Dopp, Claire
Beckman Scholarship
University of Kansas
Lawrence Kansas
James Blakemore Shaun Kelsey
Faintich, Brian
NSF1950293
University of Kansas
Lawrence Kansas
Misha Barybin Patrick Connelly
Foley, Mac
NSF0073801
Newman University
Wichita Kansas
Carey Johnson Kristen Burns
Gideon, Anthony
NSF1001693
Clayton State University
Morrow Georgia
Misha Barybin Georgii Griaznov
Goeks, Julia
NSF1001693
Ripon College
Ripon Wisconsin
Chris Elles Kristen Burns
Gordon, Mattalyn
NSF1001693
University of Central Arkansas
Conway Arkansas
Steven Soper Harshani Wijerathne
Lininger, Alec
NSF0075012
Rockhurst University
Kansas City Missouri
Paul Hanson
Dimuthu Vithanage
McEntee, Caitlin
NSF0077087
Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville Missouri
David Weis
Hayley Blockinger
Noga, Sarah
Beckman Scholarship
University of Kansas
Lawrence Kansas
Joanna Slusky  
Sanford, Grace
NSF0075012
University of Saint Mary
Leavenworth Kansas
Tim Jackson
Priya Singh
Smith, Emma
NSF1001693
Bethel University
Saint Paul Minnesota
Jon Tunge
Shrikant Londhe

2019 Participants

Participant/MentorDetails

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-CHEM1560279
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 Program2112703
School: University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas
Status:

Plouch, Eleda
Mentor: Paul Hanson
Lab Mentor: Viena Thomas

Support: NSF-CHEM1560279
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 Participants

2017 Participant/MentorDetails
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&diamas;
Mentor: Audrey Lamb
School: University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Status: Seeking PhD in Chemistry - University of Michigan
Eades, Austin &dagger
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 Participants

2016 Participant/MentorDetails
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 Participants

2015 Participant/MentorDetails
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 Participants

2014 Participant/MentorDetails
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/MentorDetails
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 Participants

2012 Participant/MentorDetails
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