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Louisiana Tech hosts student researchers for work in cyber, nanosystems engineering

Student researchers from institutions such as Vanderbilt University, University of Pittsburgh and Missouri University of Science and Technology recently traveled to Louisiana Tech University to participate this year’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Student researchers from around the nation gather at Louisiana Tech and join faculty and researchers for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Student researchers from around the nation gather at Louisiana Tech and join faculty and researchers for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

The visiting students gathered at Louisiana Tech to work with faculty and scientists on cutting edge research in cyber engineering, materials science, and nanosystems engineering. Over the past four summers, Louisiana Tech has hosted over 130 undergraduate students from across the nation for three separate REU programs.

“With Louisiana Tech University being the first in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree in cyber engineering, it is only fitting that we offer one of the first REUs in cyber engineering as well,” said Dr. Miguel Gates, visiting assistant professor and coordinator of the cyber engineering REU. “This is the inaugural year of what we hope to be a very successful research experience for years to come.”

As part of an REU program, students attend lectures, plan and conduct a research project with the help of faculty mentors and present their findings at the end of the summer.

“I am excited to participate in a program that combines multiple science disciplines for real world applications,” said Kathleen Moyer, a junior chemical engineering major from Stevens Institute of Technology and REU program participant.

Other students said they chose the program to learn from a mentor, network with peers, build a foundation for their future and find out if a career in research is a good fit for them.

The 2014 REU programs are funded by the National Science Foundation, Louisiana Board of Regents, Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, La., Department of Homeland Security, and the Air Force Research Laboratory Research Collaboration Program through the JFAP Summer Outreach Program.

Written by Alicia Boudreaux – aliciab@latech.edu