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Laurissa Marcotte a junior studying aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas. She hopes to someday work in the space industry. Currently, Laurissa is involved in several student groups on campus at KU and enjoyed helping the Physics and Engineering Student Organization at the Engineering Expo this past year. Laurissa also enjoys running, cooking, and exploring Lawrence with friends.

Jennah Seaver is a junior at Haskell Indian Nations University majoring in elementary education. She is from Bishop, California and enjoys hiking, running, the dramatic arts, and working with children. Jennah is excited to start her career as a teacher and hopes to go to law school someday and earn a degree in Education Law at the University of Kansas.

Austin Feathers is a junior majoring in electrical engineering at KU. He is seeking a bachelor’s degree and would like to pursue a graduate degree in the near future. After graduation, Austin wants to work in industry and become established in the science and engineering community with hopes of inspiring a younger generation. Austin currently participates in a student group focused on student-directed and university-funded engineering projects used for demonstrations connected with a group of peers who thrive on problem-solving. He enjoys storm chasing, motorcycles, and fabrication projects in his free time.

Abbey Whisler is a junior majoring in geography and minoring in environmental studies at the University of Kansas. Her research interests are in map design and climate change adaptation. After graduation, Abbey’s goal is to get a master’s degree in geographic information systems and work as a cartographer. She had been a research assistant at CReSIS for the few months before this summer. When she is not working or studying, Abbey likes to spend her free time running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks.

Xavier Parker-Smith

SO - Elec Tech - North Carolina A&T

Steffi Walthall

JR - Digital Media - Savannah College of Art and Design

Ricky Dixon

JR - MathED - Mississippi Valley State University

Raveen McKenzie

SO - CS - Mississippi Valley State University

Maeah Walthall

SO - Civil Engineering - George Mason University

Kamberlin King

SO - CS - Mississippi Valley State University

Jamal Stevenson

SO - MathED - Mississippi Valley State University

Charlie Nelson

SR - CS - Kentucky State University

Ayanna Overton

SO - Elec Tech - North Carolina A&T

Tori Wilbon

JR - CS - Elizabeth City State University

Tatyana Matthews

JR - CS - Elizabeth City State University

Omar Owens

JR - CS - Winston-Salem State University

Maya Smith

SR - Info Tech - Winston-Salem State University

Anthony Scott

JR - CS - Winston-Salem State University

Ya'Shonti Bridgers

Senior in Mathematics at ECSU

Maya Smith

Junior in Information Technology at WSSU

James Headen

Senior in Mathematics and Physics at ECSU
Mentor: Peter Burkett

Emma Reeves

Senior in Physics and Geology at Hamline University
Mentor: Peter Burkett

Andrew Brumfield

Graduate Student of Mathematics and Remote Sensing at ECSU
Mentor: Peter Burkett

Tori Wilbon

Sophomore in Computer Science at ECSU
Mentor: Saliya Ekanayake

Tatyana Matthews

Sophomore in Computer Science at ECSU
Mentor: Scott McCaulay

Nigel Pugh

Sophomore in Computer Science at ECSU
Mentor: Saliya Ekanayake

Kaliq Satchell

Sophomore in Computer science at ECSU
Mentors: Geoffrey Fox, Yang Ruan, Saliya Ekanayake

Jefferson Ridgeway IV

Sophomore in Computer Science at ECSU
Mentor: Gregor Von Laszewski

Derek Morris

Junior in Computer Science at ECSU

Shanecia Beckworth

Sophomore in Computer Science at Mississippi Valley State University
Mentor: Dr. Malcolm LeCompte

Raveen McKenzie

Sophomore in Computer Science at Mississippi Valley State University
Mentor: Mr. Jeff Wood

Omar Owens

Junior in Computer Science at Winston-Salem State University
Mentor: Mr. Michael Jefferson

Jamal Stevenson

Sophomore in Mathematics at Mississippi Valley State University
Mentor: Mr. Jeff Wood

Dominique Marshall

Junior in AtmSci/Meteorology at Jackson State University
Mentor: Dr. Malcolm LeCompte

Antonio Guion

Sophomore in Computer Science at Elizabeth City State University
Mentor: Mr. Andrew Brumfield

Anthony Scott

Junior in Computer Science at Winston-Salem State University
Mentor: Mr. Michael Jefferson

Anthony Meadows

Senior in Mathematics at Elizabeth City State University
Mentor: Mr. Andrew Brumfield

Rosemary Leone is a junior at Colorado School of Mines studying geophysics. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school for geophysics. Rosemary is interested in learning about the different geophysical techniques used to analyze the Earth. She said her goal for participating in REU was to gain more experience in research and make lifelong friends.

Nick Riqueros is a sophomore from Penn State, looking to earn a B.S. in the geosciences. After graduation, he is interested in earning a Master’s degree and maybe PhD. Before his participation with CReSIS, Nick worked on a research project involving tectonic movements and geodesy. As an REU student, he worked alongside his CReSIS mentor, David Braaten.

Kalyx McDonald is a sophomore attending Mississippi Valley Sate University where majoring in Computer Science. After attaining her bachelor’s, she hopes to earn a Master’s degree in cyber-security. From there she would like to work with the government and work on a PhD. During her participation with the REU program, Kalyx worked with John Paden.

Jackie Vaughan is a fourth-year at UCLA and will graduate in June 2015. Jackie mainly study physics, but also enjoy mathematics and geology. She hopes to continue researching after graduation and spend time volunteering in her communities. Graduate school is a definite possibility, she says but she wants to take time to narrow down her interests. Jackie worked with mentor Fernando Rodriguez-Morales during her time with REU.

Felipe Machini is an exchange Aeronautical Engineering student from Brazil. In Brazil, Felipe studied  at the Federal University of Uberlandia in Uberlandia MG and just recently finished his third year. In May 2013, he was awarded a sponsorship, financed by the Brazilian government, sending him to the U.S. to study Aerospace Engineering. He said the CReSIS mission addresses an important subject of global interest, a special focus and considered the internship fundamental for his future career. Felipe worked with Shawn Keshmiri for the summer program.

Tyler Berry returned to the REU program this summer after spending last summer with the program at KU. Berry will be transferring to KU from Haskell in the fall. Berry, who continued to work with CReSIS during the previous school year, worked on his research project with Dr. Fernando Rodriguez-Morales. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, Berry says he hopes to continue his education into graduate school by studying Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering.

Tamara Gaynes is a senior studying Electrical Engineering at KU. She applied to the CReSIS REU program to gain some work experience that will help her find a job. Gaynes worked with her advisor, Dr. Fernando Rodriguez-Morales, on optimization of a microwave FMCW radar. Once she lands a job, Gaynes hopes to get some “real world” experience for a while, and then she may go to graduate school.

Renee Butler of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is a junior at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. Butler, who studies Environmental Science, says she joined the CReSIS REU program to get some work experience outside the classroom. “Since KU is near Haskell it was even better,” said Butler. She is worked with her advisor Dr. David Braaten on snow layer picking, which is “finding the different layers of snow accumulation to see if they are annual or many in one layer.”

Maya Smith is a junior at Winston Salem State University in North Carolina. She plans to graduate in 2015 with a degree in Information Technology. Smith’s research project was called “Analysis Functionality to enhance MATLAB default interpolation schema using mGstat.” The project enhanced some aspects of the CReSIS database, which is used by many researchers. Dr. John Paden was Smith’s REU mentor. Smith would like to pursue a Master’s degree after completing undergraduate coursework.

Bernard Aldrich Jr. is a senior at Jackson State University in Mississippi. A Computer Science major, Aldrich says he is interested in “remote sensing, the process of cloud computing, and the management of a cluster.” This summer he worked with his advisor, Dr. John Paden, to “implement a snake tool to track the ice surface and ice bottom in a radar echogram.” Aldrich said he hopes to continue working with CReSIS over the coming years. In the future, he hopes to develop technologies that provide services to people around the world.

Robin Brice is a junior at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is studying Biology with a concentration in Chemistry. Her summer research project was called “A comparative study of the 2011/2013 water quality assessments in the Pasquotank Watershed in Northeastern North Carolina .” Jeff Wood was Brice’s mentor through the program. After completing her undergraduate degree, Brice wants to pursue a Ph.D. in Veterinarian Medicine.

Ricky Dixon is a sophomore at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) studying Mathematics Education. His REU research project was done with support from his advisor, Dr. Darnell Johnson. Dixon was also a member of the RET math team. Dixon’s project was entitled “Using Common Core State Standards of Seventh Grade Mathematics in the Application of NXT LEGO robotics for CReSIS Middle School Students.” After graduating, Dixon said he hopes to get a graduate degree in Mathematics Education and teach near his hometown of Greenville, Mississippi.

Rashad Williamson is a sophomore studying Mathematics at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU). Williamson’s research project was called “Determination of an Empirical Model Relating Canopy Cover to NDVI Values in the Pasquotank Watershed, NC.” This research contributes to the tracking of year-to-year forest density by using data gathered from NASA’S Landsat 7 satellite. Williamson hopes to pursue graduate studies following his graduation from MVSU.

Michael Cobb is a senior at ECSU. He’s majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in pre-pharmacy. His research project this summer was called “The Watermark Project: Human Actions Impacting the Quality of Water.” The research looked at how humans can impact the quality of water. Following graduation from ECSU, Cobb hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Malcolm McConner is a senior at ECSU. At ECSU, McConner studies Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics. Last summer, McConner was a CReSIS REU at the University of Kansas. This summer, he participated in the ECSU program. McConner hopes to find a career as a teacher and earn a Master’s degree. Eventually, he wants to become a school administrator.

Kelechi Onyiriuka, a native of Nigeria, is a senior at ECSU. He’s majoring in Pharmaceutical Science and Biology and minoring in Chemistry. While in the REU program, Onyiriuka worked on a research project—“The WaterMark Project: Human Actions Impacting the Quality of Water”—under mentor Professor Jeffrey Schloss. After graduating from ECSU, Onyiriuka wants to pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science.

Kalyx McDonald is sophomore studying Computer Science at Mississippi Valley State University. Her research project—“Terascan Curriculum Development and Integration of SeaSpace Technology into the Classroom”—was supported by advisor Je’aime Powell. The project developed a learning module called “Introduction to Remote Sensing” for K-12 classrooms. McDonald said the experience expanded her knowledge of remote sensing, which she hopes will help her find new internships for next summer. After graduating, McDonald hopes to continue studying for a graduate degree.

Jimil Perkins is a sophomore at Norfolk State University majoring in Computer Science. His research project was entitled “Developing a Remote Sensing and Cloud Computing Curriculum for the Association of Computer/Information Sciences and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI).” This project was done with support from Perkins’ mentor, Jerome Mitchell. Perkins would eventually like to pursue a Master’s in Computer Science.

Jessica Hathaway is sophomore at ECSU in North Carolina. She is studying Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics. “I am interested in all research in the STEM areas,” said Hathaway. Hathaway’s mentor, Dr. Darnell Johnson, supported her as she learned about the Common Core and its important role in the country’s school system. Hathaway looks forward to a career as an educator; eventually, she hopes to earn a Ph.D. in Elementary Education and Mathematics.

Jazette Johnson is a junior studying Computer and Information Sciences at Spelman College. “I worked under mentor Jerome Mitchell on ‘Developing a Remote Sensing and Cloud Computing Curriculum for the Association of Computer/Information Sciences and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI),’” said Johnson of her REU research project. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Johnson says she would like begin working towards a Ph.D. in Computer Science to work on changing “something small into something magnificent using technology.”

Dorothy Brice is a sophomore studying Mathematics at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Brice’s research project was entitled: "A comparative study of the 2011/2013 water quality assessments in the Pasquotank Watershed in Northeastern North Carolina." Her mentor was Jeff Wood of ECSU. Brice plans on pursuing a Master’s in Mathematics after graduation—and eventually a Ph.D.

Courtney Farmer is a junior at ECSU. She is majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Education. Farmer’s research project—“ TeraScan Curriculum Development and Integration of SeaSpace Technology into the Classroom”—focused on creating a curriculum for K-12 classrooms. The curriculum consists of a number of one-hour training modules, such as the module: “Introduction to Remote Sensing.” Her mentor was Je’aime Powell. Farmer wants to find a career teaching math near her hometown of Hampton, Virginia.

Anthony Lynn is a junior at Winston-Salem State University studying Computer Science. Lynn’s summer research project was called "A comparative study of the 2011/2013 water quality assessments in the Pasquotank Watershed in Northeastern North Carolina.” This project consisted of collecting water samples and comparing the samples with data from 2011 water samples. Lynn’s REU mentor was Jeff Wood. He plans on attending graduate school after graduation.

Zazie Lumpkin is a junior studying Computer Science at Spelman College. Lumpkin worked with two REU research partners—Dorias Brown and Donquel Davis—and under mentor Jerome Mitchell on a project entitled “Estimating Surface and Bedrock layers in Polar Radar Imagery using Active Contours.” Before graduating Lumpkin said she hopes to start a non-profit in Atlanta “that promotes computing, computer literacy, game design, programming, web design, and provide a center for low-income and disadvantaged African-American students and their families to bond through exploring the wonderful world of technology.” 

Ya’Shonti Bridgers is a junior studying Math Education at ECSU. Her research project—“ X-Informatics MOOC: Web Development and Design”—was supported by her mentor, Sidd Maini, and supervisor, Dr. Geoffrey Fox. Her research project sought to improve online learning through enhancing the interaction between student users and the educational content.

Justin Deloatch is a graduate student studying Mathematics with a concentration in Remote Sensing at ECSU. His summer research project is entitled “Utilizing HUBzero to Create an Educational Hub for CReSIS Educational Data Sets.” His project will create a Hub that “will allow students and educators to have access to (CReSIS) information for the use of education and scientific collaboration.” Deloatch’s mentor through the program was Dr. Geoffrey Fox. After completing his Master’s degree, Deloatch says he will pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Donquel Davis is a sophomore studying Computer Science at Winston Salem State University in North Carolina. Davis worked with two REU research partners and with mentor Jerome Mitchell on a project called “Estimating Surface and Bedrock layers in Polar Radar Imagery using Active Contours.” The project looks into how polar scientists can speed up the time it takes to accurately determine and outline the layers of ice sheets. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, Davis says he hopes to continue studying Computer Science into graduate school.

Dorias Brown is a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Art. Brown worked with fellow REUs Zazie Lumpkin and Donquel Davis on a research project called “Estimating Surface and Bedrock layers in Polar Radar Imagery using Active Contours.” Brown’s mentor through the program was Jerome Mitchell, an IU Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). After finishing school, Browns hopes to become a graphic designer, combining her studies in Computer Science and Art.

Derek Morris Jr. is a sophomore at ECSU. Morris is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics. “The REU program provided an ideal of what I can do as a computer scientist,” said Morris. During the REU program at Indiana University this summer, Morris worked with mentor Dr. Gregor Von Laszewski. Morris’ research project, “From 0 to 100: Cloud computing for the Non-Programmer,” demonstrates how a student can use and program a cloud without prior programming or research experience.

Michael Chamberlain is a junior attending the University of California, Berkeley. He’s majoring in Geophysics and minoring in Geo-engineering. Chamberlain’s research project created “a method for determining the rate of mass input along the shear margins of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream.” He said the REU experience was very beneficial. “The career support and assistance provided by Dr. Hayden and the ECSU staff was superb,” said Chamberlain. After graduating, Chamberlain hopes to pursue a graduate degree.

Emma Reeves, a senior at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, is majoring in Physics and Geology and minoring in Mathematics. She’s interested in “using physical concepts to understand geologic phenomena.” Reeves wanted to learn about geophysical techniques and climate research during the REU program, and was excited to work with students from around the country. Reeves’ mentors were Dr. Sridhar Anandakrishnan and Peter Burkett. Her project, entitled “Finding mass influx along the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream using radar echograms,” used airborne radar data to study the North-East Greenland Ice Stream.

Tyler Berry is a junior at Haskell Indian Nations University. He’ll soon be attending the University of Kansas (KU) and has plans to join KU’s School of Engineering. As a participant in the REU program, Berry wanted to make good friends and contacts at CReSIS. He worked on his research project—data analysis of snow radar—with Professor John Paden.

Marvin Elder II recently graduated from Mississippi Valley State University where he studied Mathematics. He wants to teach 6th grade math and eventually become a high school principal. Elder said he applied for the program because he wanted the opportunity to work with the staff at CReSIS and strengthen his research skills. Elder worked with Cheri Hamilton modeling and interpreting climate data as K-12 education tools.

Malcolm McConner is a senior at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) majoring in Education with a concentration in Math. He is pursuing a career as a teacher and principal.  McConner said he wanted to learn a lot at CReSIS and utilize his experiences for the CERSER (Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research) program at ESCU. He also wanted to make connections with new people at CReSIS. McConner worked with Cheri Hamilton on modeling and interpreting climate data as K-12 education tools.

Kyle Sykes is a junior at Kansas State University in the Mechanical Engineering program. He’s hoping to pursue a career in mechanical controls engineering. Sykes joined the REU program to meet new people while learning and gaining new research skills. He particularly wanted to gain hands-on research experience. Sykes worked with Professor Rick Hale.

Erica Peterson is a sophomore at Mississippi Valley State University majoring in Mathematics and Math Education with a minor in Information Science. Following graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to purse an MBA. At CReSIS, Peterson wanted to establish friendships and connections while learning new research skills. She worked with Cheri Hamilton on modeling and interpreting climate data as K-12 education tools.

David Carrillo is a junior at UCLA studying Electrical Engineering. He’s interested in researching sensors, wireless technology and nanoscience. Carrillo has previously interned with NASA CIPAIR; he worked with Dr. Fernando Rodriguez-Morales at CReSIS. His research project at CReSIS focused on transmit waveform shaping and target tracking for the FMCW radar.

Christine Butcher will enter her senior year this fall at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  She’s working on a degree in Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Science and Technology and a minor in Geology. Butcher is particularly interested studying retreating glaciers because it’s occurring in her home state.  While at CReSIS, Butcher says she wanted learn a lot and work in a mentored environment. She worked with Professors John Paden, Leigh Stearns, and Kees van der Veen on snow radar data analysis for her research project.

Carolyn Branecky will begin her senior year this fall at Rice University where she studies Geology and Philosophy. She is interested in glaciology research and studies of the environment and society. Branecky says she wanted to work with other CReSIS students and get research experience from her project. While at CReSIS, Branecky worked on data analysis with Professors John Paden, Leigh Stearns, and Kees van der Veen.

Alexis Moyer is a senior at Gettysburg College. She’s majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Chemistry. Moyer would like to attend graduate school to study Geology and Climate Science after completing her undergraduate studies. Moyer said she applied for the program because she wanted to meet new people and get research experience. Moyer worked with Professors John Paden, Leigh Stearns, and Kees van der Veen for her research project, which focused on glacier formation.

Shaquia Johnson is a sophomore studying Computer Science at Mississippi Valley State University. She says the REU program has taught her how to perform research, analyze data and use various programs, such as Linux. After graduating, Johnson wants to pursue a Master’s Degree in Mathematics or Computer Science. Johnson says she hopes to one day have a career creating software. She worked under REU mentor Jeff Wood.

Maya Smith is a sophomore at Winston Salem State University. She is majoring in Information Technology and hopes to continue her studies in the field through graduate school. Through her internship at ECSU, Smith has learned how to use Linux, Ubuntu, GPS, and other programs. Smith says she has always been fascinated by computers and that her interests in computer technology led her to study Information Technology and apply for the REU program. Her mentor through the program was Jeff Wood.

Kevin Brodie II is a sophomore studying Computer Science at Norfolk State University, where he is studying on a full academic scholarship. He says he applied to the REU program to learn more about his field, improve research skills and network with faculty. His mentor through the REU program was Dr. Malcolm LeCompte. Brodie said the program inspires interns “to take leadership roles in science at our schools and in our communities.” After completing his Bachelor’s Degree, Brodie wants to begin work on a Master’s in Computer Science.

Donquel Davis is a sophomore studying Computer Science at Winston Salem State University. At ECSU, Davis worked with the History Group. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree, Davis would like continue studying Computer Science in graduate school. Davis says he knew he wanted to study Computer Science from a young age because he enjoyed video games so much. He worked under mentor Dr. Malcolm LeCompte.

Dezerae Little is a senior at Saint Augustine’s College studying Science and Mathematics. After completing her Bachelor’s in May 2013, Little hopes to continue her studies in graduate school. Little, a member of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE), wanted to participate in the REU program for professional development and the opportunity to work with faculty. She worked under mentor Darnell Johnson. Little says she has always enjoyed math and would like to eventually earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics.

Derrick Jones is a sophomore attending Mississippi Valley State University on a full scholarship for the study of mathematics.  He spent time learning how to use operating systems, make webpages, use GPS and cultivating other skills in the REU program. He worked under mentor Darnell Johnson. Jones plans on earning a Master’s in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education after completing his undergraduate course work. He hopes to pursue a career as a college professor.

Chartese Jones is a junior studying Mathematics at Mississippi Valley State University. Jones previously participated in the REU program at Indiana University in 2010. He worked with mentors Dr. Constance Bland and Dr. Raymond Williams on his summer research project. Jones would like to pursue a Master’s Degree in Mathematics after graduation. He says he hopes to be able to give back to his home state, Mississippi, through his research.

Charniece Huff is a junior at Spelman College majoring in Computer and Information Sciences. While at ECSU, Huff worked under mentor Je'aime Powell on the Remote Sensing team. Huff says she has a passion for teaching others and working with underrepresented youth in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. After graduating from Spelman, Huff hopes to pursue a Master’s and a career in cyber security.

Bernard Aldrich Jr. is a junior at Jackson State University studying Computer Science. Aldrich previously participated in the CERSER Undergraduate Research Experience at ECSU creating an android application to help students. This year he worked with mentor Je'aime Powell on the remote sensing team at ECSU. Aldrich says he wants to eventually earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science and pursue a career as a software programmer.

Ya’Shonti Bridgers is a junior at Elizabeth City State University majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Education. Bridgers says she hopes to begin a career teaching math after graduation. She says the REU program provided an ideal opportunity to move her closer to her career goals, while improving her research skills. While at IU, Bridgers worked in Dr. Geoffrey Fox’s lab with REU mentor Jerome Mitchell. When Bridgers is not working or studying, she enjoys singing, fishing and playing music.

Joseph Jackson is a senior studying Computer Science at Mississippi Valley State University. After graduation, Jackson wants to continue his studies in graduate school. He spent the summer working under Dr. Geoffrey Fox and mentor Bingjing Zhang on his research project. Jackson returned to this summer’s REU program after positive experiences with other CReSIS programs. Jackson says that the program has improved his research skills and has been a great step in his professional development.

Brandi Smith is a junior at Mississippi Valley State University studying Mathematics. Smith, a native of Greenwood, Mississippi, applied to the REU program to gain research skills and experience. Smith said that her experience has been “very rewarding” and furthered her interest in attending graduate school. She hopes to eventually earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics and conduct research. She worked with mentor Bingjing Zhang and Dr. Judy Qui through the program. While not working or studying, Smith said she enjoys writing and biking.

Nyema Barmore is a sophomore at Elizabeth City State University. She worked with mentor Peter Burkett on her research project. Barmore said she has been interested in computers and computer programing from a young age. She is a participant in the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research Program (CERSER) and wants to have a career in computer science.

Michael Koch is a senior at Elizabeth City State University. He is majoring in Computer Information Science and minoring in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing. He hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree after graduating from ECSU. Koch said he initially sought his degree to enhance his resume and develop job skills, but that the studies made him “passionate” about continuing his education in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing. He worked with REU mentor Peter Burkett during the program.

Yibin Zhang is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She also plays in a hip-hop band called Freaks of the Beat. As a participant in the REU program, Zhang specialized in modeling glacier dynamics with COMSOL software and Matlab. Zhang said the program taught her more about the polar environment in general and helped develop her research skills.

Tim Godaire, from Chaplin, Ct., is a senior Environmental Analysis major at Unity College in Maine. He is also the Curling Club President and the Vice President of the Search and Rescue Club at Unity. As a participant in the REU program, Godaire specialized in mapping the internal layers of the Jakobshavn Glacier (Greenland). Godaire said the program taught him more about the research process and helped prepare him for graduate school.

Ryan Everett is a junior at Towson University majoring in Physics with a minor in Math. He is a member of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), the National Society for Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) and the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP). As a participant in the REU program, Everett examined the changes in the layers of snow accumulation on the Greenland ice sheet that occurred over the past several years. Everett said the REU program helped him better understand the research involved in understanding changes in Greenland ice.

Lynsey Metz is a senior in Electrical Engineering at the University of Kansas. In her spare time, she also enjoys working with saltwater aquariums. As a participant in the REU program, Metz assisted with the construction of a 12-way radar switch. Metz said the program increased her research methodology experience and confidence.

 

Jane Esterline is a junior at Cornell University studying Mechanical Engineering. She also works on the university’s Concert Commission, bringing various musical groups to campus. As a participant in the REU program, Esterline worked on a preliminary design for a fleet of radar-carrying satellites, primarily focusing on their orbits. She said the program helped her discover her primary research interests.

Elizabeth “Tess” Murray is a junior at Columbia University majoring in Chemical Engineering. She is also a member of the Veritas Forum Staff and the Right to Life group through the university. As a participant in the REU program, Murray specialized in testing materials for possible use in RADOMES on CReSIS aircrafts. Murray said the program helped her understand how changing glaciers affect our climate and our environment.

Dravid Joseph is a sophomore at Dartmouth with a study focus in Biomedical Engineering. He also participates in Dartmouth Emergency Medical Services and the Dartmouth South Asian Students Group. As a participant in the REU program, Joseph processed and analyzed KU-Band Radar data. Joseph said the program taught him how ice sheet data corresponds to the environment.

Colin Axel is a third-year Imaging Science student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the school’s Outing Club and also enjoys snowboarding. As a participant in the REU program, Axel specialized in comparison and development of speckle noise removal algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images. Axel said he was most grateful for the opportunity to experience the Center’s vast expertise in signal and image processing.

Alexandra Arntsen is an Environmental Science senior at the University of Vermont. She also participates in the university’s sailing team. As a participant in the REU program, Arntsen observed and monitored the physical dynamics of the Jakobshavn Glacier (Greenland). Arntsen said she was ecstatic that the program allowed her to contribute to CReSIS’ ongoing state-of-the-art research activities.

Ya’Shonti Bridgers is a sophomore at Elizabeth City State University. She is majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Education. She is also a member of the ECSU women’s basketball team. As a participant in the REU program, she studied the temporal reduction of the ECSU ice shelf in Pine Island Bay, Antarctica, from 1972 to 2003. Bridgers said the program helped her gain new research skills, meet new people and complete a successful research project.

Shaquetta Hassell is a senior majoring in Biology at Norfolk State University. She is also the Delta Theta Sigma Sorority, Inc., financial secretary, a member of G.R.A.C.E. campus ministries and Brambleton Community Outreach Center volunteer tutor. As a participant in the REU program, Hassell worked with the Pasquotank River Watershed Assessment Team. Hassell said the program gave her both a better understanding of the research process and the opportunity to apply her skills in a tangible setting.

Sean Leavy is a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is majoring in Mathematics and pursuing a certificate in Secondary Education and further education in film directing. He is also a Meyerhoff Scholar and a member of the Honor’s Mathematics Society. As a participant in the REU program, he was a member of the Mathematics Education Team. Leavy said the program gave him first-hand research experience and strengthened his skills as a classroom instructor.

Nartezya Dykes is a sophomore at Spelman College majoring in Computer Science. She participates in the Association for Computing Machinery, the Protecting Our Spelman Sisters Everyday (POSSE) group and is an S-cubed STEM Scholar. As a participant in the REU program, Dykes modeled the Charles Creek Flood Zone. Dykes said the program helped her develop an equation to model the water level rise in Charles Creek.

Marvin Elder II is a junior at Mississippi Valley State University. He is majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He is also the President of the Valley Singers and the Vice President of the Student Government Association, Inc. As a participant in the REU program, Elder worked with the Mathematics Education Team. Elder said the program gave him a better understanding of research principles and the way in which undergraduate research motivates undergraduate students to pursue further education.

Lekedrick Easley is a sophomore at Mississippi Valley State University. He is double-majoring in Mathematics Education and Business Administration. As a participant in the REU program, Easley was a member of the Flood Zone Modeling Team.

 

 

Kristen Hawk is a junior at Spelman College. She is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. She is also a member of the Community Leadership Council and the Residence Housing Association. As a participant in the REU program, she studied ECSU ice shelf deterioration and began the construction a paper titled “Temporal Reduction of the ECSU Ice Shelf in Pine Island Bay, Antarctica: 1972 to 2003.” Hawk said the program helped prepare her for research requirements she will encounter as a graduate student.

Jessica Brownlow is a junior at Mississippi Valley State University. She is double-majoring in Biology and Mathematics. She is also the treasurer of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Eta Alpha Chapter. As a participant in the REU program, Brownlow worked with the ECSU Ice Shelf Investigation Team. Brownlow said the program helped refine her skills in conducting research and introduced her to other talented young students.

Dalesha Cartman is a junior at Mississippi Valley State University. She is double-majoring in Mathematics and Math Education. She is also a dancer and enjoys reading in her spare time. As a participant in the REU program, Cartman worked with the Mathematics Education Team. Cartman said the program helped her fine-tune her research skills and expand her human network.

Aurielle Jones is a junior majoring in Biology at Saint Augustine’s College. She is also a tutor, a peer mentor, and a member of the Campus Activity Board. As a participant in the REU program, Jones worked as a member of the Pasquotank Watershed Assessment Team. Jones said the program taught her how her research will increase the awareness of environmental issues.

Antonio Deese is a sophomore at St. Augustine’s College. He is majoring in Biology. He is also a member of the university’s golf team. As a participant in the REU program, Deese worked as a member of the Pasquotank River Watershed Assessment Team. Deese said the program taught him the process of working with tributaries to make them safer and healthier for both human and aquatic life.

Robyn Evans is a senior from Elizabeth City State University. She is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. She is also a member of ECSU’s Delta Chi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Library Club. As a participant in the REU program, Evans worked with matrix multiplication through parallel computing. Evans said the program helped her develop a well-rounded set of research skills.

Michael Austin is a senior at Elizabeth City State University. He is majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Remote Sensing. He also participates in his church’s youth functions. As a participant in the REU program, Austin tested Windows Azure cloud computer service efficiency. Austin said the program helped prepare him for graduate school and expanded his contact lists and networks.

Joyce Bevins is a junior at Elizabeth City State University. She is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Aviation Science.

 

 

Joseph Jackson is a junior from Mississippi Valley State University. He is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. He is also a member of the Math, Computer and Information Science Club and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., among several other organizations. As a participant in the REU program, Jackson helped construct an application to compare implementations of sequence alignment algorithms. Jackson said the program helped him garner new skills and provided him with a fun, educational summer.

JerNettie Burney is a second-semester senior from Elizabeth City State University. She is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. She is also an Honors Program Student and the President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student chapter. As a participant in the REU program, she studied the efficiency of parallel computing through matrix multiplication. Burney said the program helped her increase her research and computer science skills and, as a prospective graduate student, familiarized her with the university.

Jean Bevins is a junior at Elizabeth City State University. She is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Aviation Science.

 

 

Glenn Koch is a junior at Elizabeth City State University. He is majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in GIS and Remote Sensing and a minor in Geology. In his spare time, he is also a CAD designer. As a participant in the REU program, Koch worked with Hybrid Cloud Security. Koch said the program helped him become more proficient with java and virtual parallel computing platforms.

Chartese Jones is a junior at Mississippi Valley State University. He is majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. He is also a member of the Student Senate and the University’s tennis team. As a participant in the REU program, he worked with sequential order matrix computation and parallel matrix multiplication. Jones said the program helped him improve his understanding of research skills and information.

Autumn Luke is a freshman at Elizabeth City State University. She is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics.

 

 

Rockson Armaah came to CReSIS from the University of Ghana, located at Accra, the capital city of Ghana, Africa. Armaah is a junior in Oceanography. He also participates in the University of Ghana’s Oceanographer and Fisheries Students Association (OFiSA), plays table tennis, soccer, and enjoys running. At CReSIS, Aarmah worked in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). Armaah said the program helped him broaden his knowledge on the subject of climate change.

Ignatius Williams came to CReSIS from the University of Ghana, located at Accra, the capital city of Ghana, Africa. Williams is a fifth-year student studying physical oceanography. He also participates in OFiSA and regularly plays soccer. As a participant in the REU program, he helped correct satellite data errors. Williams said the program helped him improve his research skills and learn more about programming languages.

Ryan Lawrence is a junior at Elizabeth City State University. He is majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. He is also a member of the Elizabeth City State University Honors Program and a Green for All College Student Ambassador. As a participant in the REU program, Lawrence assisted with the development of a method for estimating accumulation rates using CReSIS Airborne Snow Radar data from West Antarctica.

Brandon Scott is a junior from St. Augustine’s College. He is majoring in Engineering Mathematics. He is also a Student Ambassador and the Student Chapter Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers. As a participant in the REU program, Scott researched whether or not strain rates determine the spatial density of crevasses on the Greenland ice sheet. Scott said the program helped him to improve his understanding of the fundamentals of research and to sharpen the skills he uses within his major.

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