2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program Recipients

REU Solicitation

(Tuesday, June 13, 2017) The SC EPSCoR Program Office is pleased to announced the recipients of the 2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program award.

The SC EPSCoR REU Program aims to increase undergraduate research participation in ongoing research during the academic year and/or the summer. Research experiences can be in the areas of life science (including biomedical science), physical science, engineering, and mathematics and can take place at the student's home institution, another institution, research institute, or research laboratory in South Carolina. Providing these experiences to undergraduate students is a critical component in increasing the number of undergraduate students pursuing graduate degrees and careers in STEM fields.

The funding for the REU program is intended to support student stipends, materials and supplies, and travel support for undergraduate students. Recipients of the SC EPSCoR REU Program funding will have their students who receive stipends from this REU program in attendance at the 2018 SC EPSCoR State Conference, usually held in the Spring, where they will present their research results and experiences. Additionally, all publications (e.g. research publications, press releases, other publications or documents about research that is funded by SC EPSCoR Program) and presentations resulting from the REU program will have an acknowledgment of SC EPSCoR Program support and a disclaimer.

SC EPSCoR awarded 11 of an anticipated 15 grants in Calendar Year (CY) 2017 with each awarded up to $10,000. Proposals were submitted by a single Principal Investigator from a South Carolina college, university, technical or community college, research institute, and research laboratory.

The 2017 REU Program grant recipients are:

  • Dr. Shankar Banik, Mathematics and Computer Science, The Citadel, "Ensuring Fairly Timed Network Communication"
  • Dr. Shankar Banik, Mathematics and Computer Science, The Citadel, "Aggregating and Linking Social Media Data for Analyzing Privacy of a User"
  • Dr. Mark Blenner, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Clemson University, "Understanding the influence of kinetics and structure in CRISPR-Cas9 cutting of non-conventional yeast DNA"
  • Dr. Nicholas Grossoehme, Chemistry, Geoplogy and Physics, Winthrop University, "Undergraduate Investigation of Iron Sensory System in S. pneumonia"
  • Dr. Clifton Harris, Chemistry, Geoplogy and Physics, Winthrop University, "Coupling of photo-oxidation and photo-reduction catalysts for the prevention of decomposition under illumination for sustainable water splitting"
  • Dr. Aaron Hartel, Chemistry, Geoplogy and Physics, Winthrop University, "Reaction of Protected Cyanohydrin Anions with Epoxides as an Alternative for the Enantio and Disastereoselective Preparation of Aldols"
  • Dr. Joan Marler, Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, "Atomic Physics with Trapped Ions Summer REU at Clemson University"
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Melgar, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University, "Understanding Light Responses of Blackberry Cultivars Grown in South Carolina for Reducing White Drupelet Disorder"
  • Dr. Eric Monte, Natural Sciences, USC Beaufort, "Recording Estuarine Soundscapes to Investigate Phenological Shifts and Changes in Fish Reproduction Associated with Climate Variability"
  • Dr. Oliver Myers, Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, "Investigations of Functional Bistable Composite Laminate Structures"
  • Dr. Samir Raychoudhury, Biology/STEM, Benedict College, "The Effects of Humic Substances on Acute Toxicity of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons"

For more information about this program, please contact:

April Heyward, MRA
Program Manager
SC EPSCoR Program
(803) 733-9068