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June 2016 Newsletter

A Closer Look #161

VERY BACK (LEFT TO RIGHT)  Co-PIs for REU-Quest  Kevin Strychar and Jim McNair BACK ROW  Eli Jacobson, Krystle Saylon, McKenna Burns MIDDLE ROW  Alexandra Crum, Marielys Santana, Alan Mock, Katherine Bonilla FRONT ROW  Valerie Martin, Pamela Martinez-Oquendo, Mary Szoka


Ten bright young scientists from across the United States and Puerto Rico have arrived at AWRI and are hard at work on summer research projects. The students are as diverse as their research topics and include students from North Carolina, Minnesota, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Indiana, Alabama, Missouri, Iowa, and Michigan. They are participating in the second year of a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant promoting Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) – QUantitative Environmental Science and Technology (QUEST) at AWRI, awarded to AWRI scientists Drs. Jim McNair and Kevin Strychar. Though open to all students, the program especially targets undergraduates from ethnic and racial groups that are underrepresented in the biological sciences.  It aims to provide them with genuine research experiences, with the expectation that a substantial proportion of the projects will result in peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals. Further information about AWRI’s REU program is available on its website (