Department of Natural and Physical Sciences

Chemistry Accolades

American Chemical Society's International REU (2015)

by Allison Davis

 This IREU program allows you to apply to work in various countries including Germany, Italy, Great Britain, and Singapore. The program starts with an orientation in Washington D.C. where scholars learn about the research process, how to publish work, how to network and build your resume, and how to become a leader in the sciences. The program pays for 10 weeks of research abroad, room, board, and the plane ticket to get there. Once there, the student is paired with a graduate student in the lab of choice and works on a small project. This program also provides funding for the student to travel to the National ACS Meeting the following spring and present the work completed abroad. I personally worked in Perugia, Italy where I did an analytical project assessing the practical use of using metal nanoparticles as biosensors. This is a wonderful internship for those who are interested in traveling abroad.


The University of Oregon REU

by Allison Davis

This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program pairs you up with a graduate student in a lab of choice and provides 10 weeks of paid lab work, room, board, and weekly seminars that include graduate school prep info, leadership in science workshops, and chemistry career information. I personally worked in Shannon Boettcher's lab working on an inorganic materials chemistry project. This internship was great because I got to learn so many different instruments such as SEM, XRD, photoelectrochemistry, and profilometry. Also a great internship for people who like the outdoors, as Eugene is very accessible to many outdoors activities such as hiking, biking, camping, paddleboarding, and rock climbing just to name a few.

Biology Accolades

North Dakota State University REU (2015)

by Ayla Parham

Parham 2015

I was fortunate enough to receive a research internship looking at biology education at North Dakota State University through the National Science Foundation. I worked under Jennifer Momsen, PhD. looking specifically at cognitive alignment within introductory biology course assessments in attempt to assist her in her body of work, and build my own research project with her mentorship. At NDSU I was able to improve my skills in research and work on my data analysis skills. I gained a better understanding of what all goes into the professional side of the scientific research process from hypothesis to review, to funding, to publishing an article.

Geography Accolades

Scott Hageman, associate dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences and associate professor of geography, and BrianHoffman, Ph.D., professor of biology and mathematics, presented posters at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in San Francisco, March 29-April 2. Hageman presented “Multidisciplinary Approach to Cemetery Analysis by Park University for the City of Parkville, Mo.” The poster was co-authored by Hageman, Jonathan Brock, senior geography major, David Fox, assistant professor of geography and program coordinator of geography, geology and global studies, and Becky Stuteville, Ph.D., associate vice present of academic affairs. In addition, Hoffman presented his poster on “Using Total Mortality Data to Determine the Impact of the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic in Kansas and Missouri Counties.”