Past Projects

REU 2022
  • Mishael Saah. Minimizing Heat Exposure on Ultracold Atoms via a Voltage Driven Laser Shutter System. Faculty advisor: Colin Parker. Graduate mentor: Kaiyue Wang.
  • Andie Manning. Hydrodynamic coupling of passive flagella. Faculty advisor: Daniel Goldman. Graduate mentor: Kelimar Cruz (and an REU 2016 alum!).
  • Brendan D’Aquino. Studying Turing patterns in vegetation. Faculty advisor: Flavio Fenton.
  • Christian ‘CJ’ Faulhaber. Dynamics Of Black Hole Binaries in the Active Galactic Nuclei Disk. Faculty advisor: Gongjie Li.
  • Caleb Hatch. A Novel Approach to the Fabrication of Environmentally Protected Epigraphene Heterostructures. Faculty advisor: Claire Berger. Graduate mentor: Grant Nunn.
  • Amethyst Massaquoi. The Effects of Extracellular Polymeric Substances on Biofilm Removal. Faculty advisor: Peter Yunker. Graduate mentor: Pablo Bravo.
  • Daniel Fairfax. Measuring Warm Corona Properties in a Sample of Active Galactic Nuclei. Faculty advisor: David Ballantyne.
  • Grant Mayberry. Understanding Current Distribution in Layered Graphene Structures. Faculty advisor: Zhigang Jiang. Graduate mentor: Kaiyue Wang.
  • Joshua ‘Jay’ Graves. Testing the Reconstruction of White-Noise Bursts and Gravitational Wave Emission from Binary Black Hole Hyperbolic Encounters with the BayesWave Algorithm. Faculty mentor: Laura Cadonati. Graduate mentor: Peter Lott (and an REU 2016 alum!).
  • Katlyn Grimes. The Exploration of Thulium Halides and Oxyhalides as Strongly Fluctuating Quantum Magnets. Faculty mentor: Martin Mourigal. Graduate mentor: Olivia Vilella.
  • Paul Alex Baynard. Reducing Template Bank Size for Time Optimization of a Joint Neutrino-Gravitational Wave Search. Faculty mentor: Laura Cadonati. Graduate mentor: Hannah Griggs.
REU 2021
  • Julianne Tijani. Mechanical Changes within Intact Biofilms Due to Varying Amounts of EPS. Faculty Advisor: Peter Yunker.
  • Viviana Caceres-Barbosa. PyNu: A Search for Gravitational-Wave and Neutrino Coincident Events in the Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. Faculty Advisor: Laura Cadonati. Graduate Mentor: Hannah Griggs.
  • Alexander Alston. Testing the Accuracy of Bose-Einstein Condensate Simulations. Faculty Mentor: Chandra Raman. Graduate Mentor: Sara Sloman (former REU 2019!)
REU 2019
  • Brian Bozymski. Impact of Hyaluronan Glycocalyx on Single-Cell Migration. Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Curtis
  • Megan Sousa. The Spatial Distribution of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Matrix and its Interactions with Bacteriophages. Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Curtis.
  • Malcolm Brown. The Analysis of Scolopendra Polymorpha Centipede’s Methods of Locomotion. Faculty Mentor: Daniel Goldman.
  • Abdul Kaba. Sidewinder Locomotion. Faculty Mentor: Daniel Goldman
  • Daniel Germain. Cardiac Chaos. Faculty Mentor: Flavio Fenton
  • Pryor Gibson. Janssen’s Experiment with Solenopsis invictae (Fire Ants). Faculty Mentor: Alberto Fernandez- Nieves. Graduate Mentor: Caleb Anderson
  • Camila Dominguez. Relativistic Interpretation of Multi-Body Interaction Mediated by Elastic Substrate. Faculty Mentor: Daniel Goldman.
  • Tremond Thomas. Evolution of Multicellularity – up to here. Faculty Mentor: Peter Yunker.
  • Matthew Dittrich. Construction of Magnetic Coils for MOT. Faculty Mentor: Colin Parker.
  • Sara Sloman. Energy Radiated per Mode Versus Varying Initial Parameters from Binary Black Hole Mergers. Deirdre Shoemaker
  • Larine Mbabit. Characterization of high efficiency and blue sensitive silicon photomultipliers for Cherenkov telescopes. Faculty Mentor: Nepomuk Otte.
  • Mikai Hulse. Laser Stabilization for Atomic Trapping via Electro-Optic Modulation. Faculty Mentor: Michael Chapman.