Former Participants

2016

Participant UG School Location REU Mentor Current Status
Kathryn Brewer**** University of Kansas Lawrence KS Audrey Lamb Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Collin Clay**** University of Kansas Lawrence KS Paul Hanson Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Christian Davis Huntingdon College Montgomery AL Sue Lunte Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Madeline Dekarske Agnes Scott College Decatur GA Michael Clift Expects to graduate Spring 2017
LaTanya Downer Savannah State University Savannah GA David Weis Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Vincent Fiorentino University of Kansas Lawrence KS Sue Lunte Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Julia Caroline Freire Sovierzoski** Georgia Gwinnett College
Federal Technological University
Lawrenceville GA
Parana Brazil
Ward Thompson Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Kenton Hicks Wabash College Crawsfordville IN Misha Barybin Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Brooks Hidaka University of Kansas Lawrence KS Brian Kelleher DCU Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Julie Hopkins University of St. Mary Leavenworth KS James Blakemore Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Cameron Liss Roosevelt University Chicago IL Marco Caricato Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Michael Lu-Diaz†† University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Puerto Rico Michael Rubin Expects to graduate Spring 2018
Kenneth Marincin Metropolitan State University Denver CO Carey Johnson Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Kate Nicastri College of the Holy Cross Worcester MA Paul Hanson Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Fergal O'Donnell* Dublin City University, Galsnevin Dublin Ireland Sue Lunte Expects to graduate in Spring 2017
Dominic Schenone*** John Hopkins University Baltimore MD John Karanicolas Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Chase Stucky Bethel College Newton KS Michael Johnson Expects to graduate Spring 2017
Zach Woods University of Kansas Lawrence KS Misha Barybin Expects to graduate Spring 2017

Supported by:  NSF-REU grant CHE-0075012   †† NSF-REU grant CHE-0070010  *Dublin City University  **Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP)  *** REU Rosetta Commons  ****KU Beckman Scholarship

2015

Participant UG School Location REU Mentor Current Status
Esha Abbi* Dublin City University Dublin, Ireland Susan Lunte Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Hannah Ashberry Millersville University Millersville, PA Cindy Berrie Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Jeremy Barnes Park University Parkville, MO Marco Caricato Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Colby Barrett University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Michael Rubin Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Domenic Boe Wartburg College Waverly, IA Misha Barybin Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Luisa Cardoso** Federal University of Bahia Brazil Bahia, Brazil Tim Jackson Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Jordan Compton Grinnell College Grinnell, IA Jon Tunge Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Judith Flores California State University, San Marcos San Marcos, CA Robert Dunn Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Mia Furgurson Texas State University, San Marcos San Marcos, TX Michael Johnson Expects to graduate in  Spring 2017
Ryan Hamelin*** Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA Chris Elles Expects to graduate in Spring 2017
Emmaline Lorenzo University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Chris Elles Expects to graduate in Spring 2017
Bailey McLernon Framingham State University Framingham, MA Michael Clift Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Ishan Nag Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT Mario Rivera Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Sumar Quint Winona State University Winona, MN Yong Zeng Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Cody Schultz Truman State University Kirksville, MO Minae Mure Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Supported by NSF-REU grant CHE-1263259      *Supported by Dublin City University **Supported by the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP)    ***Supported by NSF EPSCoR grant IIA-1430493

2014

Participant UG School Location REU Mentor Current Status
Constance Anderson Minnesota State University, Moorhead Moorhead, MN Jon Tunge Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Minnesota
Taylor Atkinson University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Paul Hanson Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Trevor Bennin Northland College Ashland, WI Michael Rubin Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Wisconsin
Paul Calio Bradley University Peoria, IL Ward Thompson Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Chicago
Anna Diepenbrock College of the Ozarks Point Lookout, MO Paul Hanson Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Nebraska
Sarah Fantin University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN Michael Johnson Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Michigan
Stephen Foley* Dublin City University Dublin, Ireland Minae Mure Plans to pursue PhD in Biology beginning January 2016
Darien Morrow Missouri Western State University St. Joseph, MO Chris Elles Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Wisconsin
Thomas O' Connor** Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY Michael Clift Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Selina Ortiz-Piccard University Puerto Rico, Humacao Humacao, Puerto Rico Richard Givens Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Brittany Sanders Drury University Springfield, MO David Weis Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Kansas
Jonathan Sens University of Dayton Dayton, OH Craig Lunte Plans to pursue graduate studies in neuroscience
Paige Skillett Hastings College Hastings, NE Susan Lunte Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Supported by NSF-REU grant CHE-1263259      *Supported by Dublin City University   **Supported by Dr. Michael Clift

2013

Participant UG School Location REU Mentor Current Status
Samantha Allen Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA Chris Elles

Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Colorado

Catherine Barnier Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT Cindy Berrie Plans to pursue graduate studies
Kasabi Chinonge University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Paul Hanson Graduated from KU in Spring 2015
Briana Corzine Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN Tim Jackson Pursuing PhD in Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University
Austin Echlmeier Truman State University Kirksville, MO Craig Lunte Pursuing PhD at Arizona State University Biodesign Institute
Robert Murphy* Dublin City University Dublin, Ireland Craig Lunte Research Assistant at Dublin City University; Stock Clerk at TakeStock
Christopher Otolski University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN Shenqiang Ren Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Kansas
Justin Rewerts St. Martins University Lacey, WA Jeff Aube Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at Oregon State University
Allison Rice Westminster College New Wilmington, PA Michael Johnson Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of South Carolina
Olrando Torres-Texidor Pontifical Catholic University Ponce, Puerto Rico Mikhail Barybin

Pursuing PhD in Applied Chemistry at University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Keelan Trull Benedictine University Atchison, KS Susan Lunte Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at Purdue
Robert Wells University Arkansas-Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR Ward Thompson Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Colorado
Seth Wiley University of Kansas Lawrence, KS

David Benson and Mario Rivera

Pursuing PhD in Chemical Biology at University of Michigan
Yiqiu Yin University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Yong Zeng Confirmation Chemist at Clinical Reference Laboratory in Lenexa KS
Supported by NSF-REU grant CHE-1263259      *Supported by Dublin City University

2012

2012 group photo

Participant UG School Location REU Mentor Current Status
Zachary Bushman U. Wisconsin, Platteville Platteville, WI Cindy Berrie Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at Penn State
Sonivette Colon-Rodriguez Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Ponce, PR Robert Dunn Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Albany (SUNY)
Grace Gast Luther College Decorah, IA Paul Hanson Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Minnesota
Ethan Harak Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO Shenqiang Ren Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at Indiana University
Rena Ingram Fort Valley State U. Fort Valley, GA Tim Jackson Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at Georgia Tech
Sara Khan University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK Tom Prisinzano  
Shannon Krauss Keene State College Keene, NH Sue Lunte Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Virginia
Mitchell Newton University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Craig Lunte Expects to graduate in Spring 2016
Aaron Rudeen Bethel College North Newton, KS Minae Mure Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of Kansas
Amy Rydeen Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA Jon Tunge Pursuing PhD in Chemistry at University of North Carolina 
Chris Simwinga Pittsburg State U. Pittsburg, KS Craig Lunte Pursuing MD at University of Kansas School of Medicine
William Taylor Jackson State U. Jackson, MS Jeff Aube Research Assistant at University of Mississippi Medical Center; Hopes to pursue PhD in Medicinal Chemistry or related field.
Monica Trejo California State U. Stanislaus Turlock, CA Helena Malinakova Participated in NSF iREU program in Grenoble, France (2014).  Plans to pursue graduate studies in chemistry
Katee Wyant* Northwestern College Orange City, IA Carey Johnson Pursuing MD at University of Iowa School of Medicine
Supported by NSF-REU grant CHE-1004897 *Supported by NSF grant CHE-1124946 (Prof. Carey Johnson)

2011

2011 REU Group Photo

Participant UG School Location REU Mentor Current Status
Vanessa Breslin Mercer University Macon, GA Paul Hanson Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry at UCLA
Gabrielle Callanan Benedictine College Atchison, KS Helena Malinakova College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri
Kyle Denton Drake University Des Moines, IA Jeffrey Aubé Pursuing Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at Purdue University
Susi Eckelman Washington & Lee U. Lexington, VA Michael Johnson Programs & Outreach Coordinator at Project Hope Alliance
Allie Hunter Beloit College Beloit, WI Brian Laird Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Colorado, Boulder
Colin Pettegrew Northwest Missouri State U. Maryville, MO Ward Thompson

Math & Science Teacher, St. Joseph MO and Pursuing MS in Education at NMSU

Andrew Rogers Concordia University Seward, NE Michael Rubin Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Berkeley
Tyler Tommey Northwest Missouri State U. Maryville, MO Chris Elles Pursuing Ph.D. in Polymer Science at University Akron
Joshua Transmeier MidAmerica Nazarene U. Olathe, KS Tim Jackson Quality Control Chemist at Elanco in Kansas City Missouri
Jordan Veness York College York, NE David Weis Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Nebraska
Supported by NSF-REU grant CHE-1004897

2010

2010 REU Group Photo

Participant UG School Location REU Mentor Current Status
Serena Baird Southwest Baptist U. Bolivar, MO Minae Mure Obtained MS in Chemistry at The University of Kansas, August 2013
Steven Chabolla California State U. Fresno, Tim Jackson Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC San Diego
Justin Copeland Northwestern State U. Natchitoches, LA Heather Desaire Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of South Carolina
Kimberly Curell Lake Superior State U. Sault Ste. Marie, MI Michael Johnson  
Anna DeLaRosa University of Dallas Dallas, TX Mikhail Barybin  and Cindy Berrie Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Texas A&M
Robert Ferguson Bradley University Peoria, IL Jeffrey Aubé Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Rice University
Michael Hogard Truman State U. Kirksville, MO Craig Lunte Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Kansas
Nicholas Ruhs Quincy University Quincy, IL Helena Malinakova Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry at Washington University, St. Louis
Christa Snyder Wittenberg U. Springfield, OH Susan Lunte Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry at Indiana University
Gregory Suryn Grinnell College Grinnell, IA Paul Hanson Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Irvine
Andrew Topham†† Southwestern College Winfield, KS Jon Tunge Pursing MD at U. of KS School of Medicine
Joe Varberg Rockhurst U. Kansas City, MO Chris Elles Pursuing Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Indiana University School of Medicine
Nils Wittenbrink* Bielefeld University Gütersloh, Germany Mikhail Barybin Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry at Bielefeld University
Supported by NSF-REU grant CHE-1004897 ††Supported by NSF-REU grant CHE-0649246 *Supported by the American Chemical Society International REU (iREU) program and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

2009

2009 REU Group Photo

Participant UG School Location REU Mentor Current Status
Kevin Bane Dana College Blaire, NE Tim Jackson  
Marian Breuer* Jacobs University Bremen, Germany Brian Laird Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at University College, London
Isaak Daniels Augustana College Rock Island, IL Krzysztof Kuczera Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Kansas
Kate Eshelman Wagner College Staten Island, NY Heather Desaire Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Kansas
Jesse Kern Baker University Baldwin, KS Ward Thompson PhD in Chemistry, University of Kansas, 2016.  Currently postdoctoral researcher at University of Tennessee
Joanna Loh-Kejun Nanyang Technological U. Singapore Paul Hanson PhD in Chemistry, University of Kansas, 2016.
Jeremy Moore Greenville College Greenville, IL Ward Thompson Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Washington U., St. Louis
Maricarmen Pintado-Gonzalez University Autonoma de Guadalajara Tabasco, Mexico Mario Rivera Research Asst., Biotechnology Inst., Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Brittney Ridl Dickinson State U. Dickinson, ND Cindy Berrie PhD in Chemistry, University of Kansas, 2014
Andrew Riley Ohio Wesleyan U. Delaware, OH Helena Malinakova

PhD in Chemistry, University of Kansas, 2016. Currently a postdoctoral researcher at University of Illinois.

Mary Tan Mei Ling Nanyang Technological U. Singapore Paul Hanson M.S., Industrial Chemistry, National U., Singapore.
R&D Chemist at Clearlab Singapore
Sara Wenzel Monmouth College Monmouth, IL Michael Johnson Business Analyst at Bioscience & Technology Business Center, Lawrence, KS
Dana Daugherty Bethel College North Newton, KS Jon Tunge  
Supported by NSF-REU grant CHE-0649246 *Supported by the American Chemical Society International REU (iREU) program and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

2008

2008 REU Group Photo

Participant UG School Location REU Mentor Current Status
Kelli Bryant Southwestern College Winfield, KS Minae Mure Pharm.D., University of Kansas, 2013
Derek Denning St. Michael's College Colchester, VT Jeff Aube Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Maryland
Lucas Derry Northwest Missouri State U. Maryville, MO Paul Hanson BS Chemistry, 2009.  Currently  Raw Material Chemist at Kremers Urban
Christopher Diebold Washington & Lee University Lexington, VA Tim Jackson M.S. in Commerce, U. Virginia (2010). Senior manager at MAXIMUS
Jordan Dreiling Fort Hays State U. Hays, KS Richard Givens Physician's Assistant in
Irving, TX
Thomas Johnson Grinnell College Grinnell, IA Helena Malinakova PhD in Chemistry, University of Kansas, 2015
David Morris Hastings College Hastings, NE Jon Tunge BS, Chemistry, 2009
Carly Setterlund Northwest Missouri State U. Maryville, MO Carey Johnson Pharm.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2013
Kellie Silcio Southeastern Louisiana U. Tickfaw, LA Michael Johnson Music promoter in Charlottesville, VA
Christopher Smith University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Mikhail Barybin Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Minnesota
Joanna Thielen University of St. Thomas St. Paul, MN Heather Desaire M.S. Chemistry, University of Michigan.  Currently University Library Associate at UM.
Jason Streit Newman University Wichita, KS Ward Thompson Ph.D. in Chemistry, Rice University, 2014.  Currently at NIST Material Measurement Laboratory
Supported by NSF-REU grant CHE-0649246

2007

2007 group photo

Participant UG School Location REU Mentor Current Status
Elizabeth Brisbois Concordia University Seward, NE Michael Johnson Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Michigan, 2013.  Currently a Research Fellow at UM School of Medicine
Brittany Cole Spelman College Atlanta, GA Helena Malinakova M.S., Medical Science, Hampton U.  Employed in the medical field in Norfolk, VA
Garrett Glover Missouri State U. Springfield, MO Mikhail Barybin M.S., Chemistry, Colorado State U.; Research Associate at Telmar Inc., Ft. Collins, CO
Joel Melby University of Evansville Evansville, IN Robert Dunn Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Illinois 2014
Alex Nolan Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN Paul Hanson M.S., Chemistry, U of Wisconsin, Madison
Cassandra Norton Emporia State University Emporia, KS Ward Thompson M.S., Chemistry, University of Kansas. Scientist at Hospira Inc., McPherson, KS
Miranda Paley Grinnell College Grinnell, IA Jon Tunge Ph.D., Chemistry, UC Irvine, 2014.  Currently managing editor for ACS Central Science
James Partridge Drury University Springfield, MO Minae Mure Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Kansas
Pavel Ryabchuk Moscow State U. Moscow, Russia Helena Malinakova Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Kansas, 2013.  Currently a postdoctoral researcher at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Joel Starch John Brown U. Siloam Springs, AR Paul Hanson M.S., Chemistry, Georgia Tech, 2015
Helen Telila Cottey College Nevada, MO Richard Givens Writer/Producer, Los Angeles CA
Paul VanderVelde Hope College Holland, MI Paul Hanson J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2014
Supported by NSF-REU grant CHE-0649246

 


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2017 REU NEWS

Published News: 
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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