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June 2017 Newsletter

A Closer Look #172

Pictured left to right: Maria Scarborough, Emily Dusicska, Matthew Allen and Noah Cleghorn

NSF REU-QUEST Summer 2017

Back row  (left to right) – Dr. McNair, Tom Claffey, Dr. Strychar
Middle row – Brady Nahkala, Marisa Yang, Rebekah Bryant, Jen Kovach, Meera Ghandi
Front row – Brooke Ridenour, Brittany Schulz, Bethany Dennis, Ellen James

Ten bright young scientists from across the United States have arrived at AWRI and are hard at work on summer research projects. The 2017 REU-QUEST cohort includes students from California, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. They are participating in a summer research program for undergraduates, funded by a National Science Foundation grant to Drs. Jim McNair (PI) and Kevin Strychar (Co-PI) promoting Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). The theme of AWRI’s REU program is QUantitative Environmental Science and Technology (QUEST). REU-QUEST aims to provide students with genuine research experiences, with a substantial proportion of the projects resulting in peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals. Further information about AWRI’s REU program is available on its website (