2012 Summer REU Program

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By Bill Daehler
Summer 2012

University of Kansas

Tyler Berry 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.

 

Carolyn Branecky 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.

 

Christine Butcher 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.

 

David Carrillo 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.

 

Marvin Elder 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 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.

 

Alexis Moyer 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.

 

Erica Peterson 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.

 

Kyle Sykes 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.

 

KU REU

REU students from the University of Kansas.

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU)

Derrick Jones 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.

 

Dezerae Little 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.

 

Donquel Davis 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.

 

Kevin Brodie 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.

 

Maya Smith 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.

 

Shaquia Johnson 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.

 

Bernard Aldrich 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.

 

Charniece Huff 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.

 

Chartese Jones 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.

 

ECSU REU

REU students from the University of Kansas.

Indiana University

Brandi Smith 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.

 

Joseph Jackson 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.

 

Ya'Shonti Bridgers 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.

 

Indiana University REU

REU students take notes during a lecture at Indiana University.

Pennsylvania State University

Nyema Barmore 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 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.

 

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