REU Alumni


2016 REU alumni

Summer 2016 Participants

Iman Ahmed, Howard University
Nanoparticle fabrication using gold dewetting and chitosan nebulization (Paranjape)

Shankar Balasubramanian, MIT
Time-evolved Wilson molecule algorithm (Freericks)

Joshua Carr, Roanoke College
Temperature dependence of vibrational modes in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (Barbara)

Charles Dawson, Harvey Mudd College
Chaotic mechanisms of self-healing and the glass transition in active particle systems (Egolf)

Angel Gutarra-leon, Northern Virginia Community College/George Mason University
Using a fluid chamber to measure the deformation of soft gels (Urbach)

Samantha Hung, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Structural and electrical properties of PTZ-TCNQ (Van Keuren)

Katrina Raichle, Ursinus College
Self-assembly properties of rods and helices on the air-water interface (Urbach)

Amanda Ratajczak, Dickinson College
Temperature dependence of transition-metal-dichalcogenide vibrational properties (Liu)

Gabrielle Roberts, Yale University
Non-homogeneous flow behaviors in dense emulsions (Del Gado)

Daniel Rosen, Shippensburg University
Fabrication of a PVDF(-TrFE) piezoelectric nanofiber generator (Paranjape)


2015 REU alumni

Summer 2015 Participants

Kahlil Dixon, Howard University
Designing mixtures of ultracold atoms with higher temperature transition to ordered checkerboard ordered phases (Freericks)

Abigael Furman, University of Alabama

Hyun Jae (Michael) Lim, Harvard University
Can a diabatically driven quantum simulator be described with an effective temperature? (Freericks)

Gavriel Kleinwaks, Haverford College
Piezoelectric response of aligned PVDF nanofibers (Paranjape)

Rebecca McCann, University of Arkansas
Thickness dependence of vibrational spectra in 2D tantalum disulfide (Liu)

Daniel O'Brien, Holy Cross College
Biomedical nanofiber scaffolds formed by electrospinning and STRAND spinning technique (Paranjape)

Robert Smith, New College of Florida
Preparation and characterization of organic charge-transfer crystals (Van Keuren)

Cameron Togrye, Vanderbilt University
Computation approach to cell recognition and flagellar frequency determination in Giardia Lamblia (Urbach)

Qing Wong, University of Central Florida
CVD growth of single layer MoS2 and graphene in heterostructured devices (Barbara)


2014 REU alumni

Summer 2014 Participants

Haley Bauser, College of William and Mary
Creating Organic Solar Cells Made from Titanyl Phthalocyanine Nanoparticles and Semiconducting Polymers (Barbara, Zhang)

Liliana Frye, Vassar College
Nano co-crystallization of carbamazepine and saccharin by reprecipitation (Van Keuren)

Keenan Hunt-Stone, Howard University
Rheological Properties of Suspensions of Bacterial Flagella (Urbach)

Nick Johnson, University of Alabama
Fast Adiabatic Passage in Ion Trap Quantum Simulators (Freericks)

Arianna Levitt, Cornell University
Entrapment of Glucose Oxidase in Conductive Nanofibers for Glucose Sensors (Paranjape)

Sarah Moran, Barnard College
Electronic Properties of 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenide (TMD) Bilayers (Liu)

Elizabeth Nance, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Gelation of Poly(methyl Methacrylate) Particles (Blair)

Forbes Turley, Vanderbilt University
Dry-Spinning Fabrication of a Tissue Scaffold (Paranjape)

Joseph Woo, Rutgers University
Characterization of the Backbone Rigidity of Semiconducting Polymers (Zhang)

Jim Wu, Harvey Mudd College
Fabrication of Polydimethylsiloxane Surfaces for Traction Force Microscopy of Collagen (Urbach)


2013 REU alumni

Summer 2013 Participants

Roxanne Accola, University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire
Nanoparticle use in multimodal MRI image fusion (Van Keuren)

Jake Cohen, University of Pennsylvania
Characterization of PDMS as a substrate for collagen networks (Blair)

Ariel Ekblaw, Yale University
Motility of Giardia Lamblia in viscoelastic mucus (Urbach)

Franklin Feingold, Clark University
How surface waves affect oil and gel layers (Blair)

Edward Moan, Bates College
Electrons, phonons, and superconductivity in hole-doped single-layer MoS2 (Liu)

Patrick Smith, University of San Diego
Rheology of concentrated DNA suspensions (Urbach)

Marybeth Stork, Washington University in St. Louis
Equilibrium positions and phonon modes in an ion Paul trap (Freericks)

Farheen Syeda, Loyola University of Chicago
Development of water-insoluble electrically conductive nanofibers (Paranjape)


2011 REU alumni

Summer 2011 Participants

Marian Ackun-Farmmer, George Washington University
Evidence of shape dependence in MRI contrast agents (Van Keuren)

Mattias Fitzpatrick, Middlebury College
Quench dynmaics in integrable quantum systems (Rigol)

David Gold, Grinnell College
Nanocomposite networks of SU-8 rods (Urbach)

Eileen Haffner, Hartwick College
Redesigning the Georgetown glucose sensor microheaters (Paranjape)

Adam Keith, North Carolina State University
Theory for quantum simulation with cold ions in a Penning trap (Freericks)

Jacquelyn Lewis, New York University
BC3 functionalized by Li for H2 storage (Liu)

Andrew McVicker, Elon University
Yield properties of oil-water emulsions (Blair)

Nikhil Prakash, Duke University
Immobilization of C-reactive protein antibody on PDMS for the development of a microfluidic chip with a sandwich ELISA (Paranjape)

Kayla Spector, College of New Jersey
Stiffening in collegan networks due to repeated step stress: collagen holds a grudge (Blair)

Olha Townsend, Connecticut College
Mechanical guidance in neuron growth (Urbach)


2010 REU alumni

Summer 2010 Participants

Maxell Micali, Yale University
Piezoelectrics and their novel applications (Paranjape)

Stephanie Miller, Loyola University of Chicago
Carbon nanotube growth and application as gas sensors (Barbara)

Katherine Sage, Loyola University of Chicago
Nanoparticle formation by reprecipitation (Van Keuren)

Quentin Sherman, Haverford College
Hydrogen storage on Ca-coated boron fullerenes (Liu)

Alan Tabatabai, Gonzaga University
Fibrous silk e-gel creation (Blair)

Colleen Treado, University of Massachusetts
Mechanics of cancer cell migration through 3D networks (McAllister, Urbach)

Paul Vines, Roanoke College
Switching speed of carbon nanotube memory devices (Barbara)

Lorraine Weis, Olin College
Optical power limiting of hyperbranched polymers (Van Keuren)