This week, 14 students from universities across the country began 10 weeks of laboratory work as part of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Nanobiotechnology (INBT) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funded REU is supported and administered by INBT.
This is the fourth year INBT has hosted REU students, which pairs undergraduates with faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in laboratories across the Hopkins campuses. At the end of their research experience, students present their findings at a university-wide collaborative research poster session held with other summer interns from across several divisions. They also have a better understanding of what it takes to be a full-time academic researcher.
Although all students are working in INBT affiliated laboratories, five students involved in the REU this summer will be specifically conducting research as part of Johns Hopkins Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (PS-OC). The PS-OC, also known as Johns Hopkins Enginering in Oncology Center, emphasizes the use of the physical sciences in the study of the spread and development of cancer. Three students will work in labs associated with the Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE)
Another goal of the NSF-based program is to encourage students from under represented groups, such as women and minorities, to follow career paths that include academic science or engineering research. INBT’s nanobio REU has been particularly popular, attracting several hundred applications to its highly competitive program each year.
Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology 2011 REUs include:
Mary Bedard, Elon University (J.D. Tovar Lab, Chemistry)
Lyndsey Brightful, Hampton University (Margarita Herrera-Alonso Lab, Materials Science and Engineering)
Erin Heim, University of Florida (Denis Wirtz Lab/PSOC, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Benjamin Hendricks, Purdue University (Nitish Thakor Lab, Biomedical Engineering)
Jennifer Hernandez Muniz, University of Puerto Rico (Warren Grayson Lab, Biomedical Engineering)
Alyssa Kosmides, Rutgers University (Jordan Green Lab, Biomedical Engineering)
Allatah Mekile, East Stroudburg University (Jeff Wang Lab/CCNE, Mechanical Engineering)
Evelyn Okeke, City University of New York (Doug Robinson Lab, Cell Biology)
Thea Roper, North Carolina State University (Sharon Gerecht Lab/PSOC, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Nailah Seale, Howard University (Warren Grayson Lab, Biomedical Engineering)
Justin Samorajski, University of Dallas (Peter Searson Lab/CCNE, Materials Science and Engineering)
Quinton Smith, University of New Mexico (Sharon Gerecht Lab/PSOC, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Diane H. Yoon, Rice University (Hai-Quan Mao Lab, Materials Science and Engineering)
Mary Zuniga, Northern Arizona University (David Gracias Lab, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering).
Story and photos by Mary Spiro