REU and Colby students present findings

08-14-2014

Nineteen undergraduate students are spending their summer working side by side with research scientists at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences through a National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and Colby College sponsored internships.

Fifteen students are part of the REU program at the Laboratory and four students are completing internships in Science Communications, Information Technology, and Ecological Modeling.

Over the ten weeks of summer, the interns evolve from college students to working research scientists, " says Dr. David Fields, who runs the REU program at Bigelow Laboratory. "We provide the tools, techniques, and guidance, while they provide the curiosity, willingness, and tenacity to learn what it takes to be a scientist in the real world."

The National Science Foundation funds REU students nationwide with the goal of providing students pursuing degrees in science, mathematics, and engineering laboratory-based research experiences with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies. Colby College supports internships to give their students work-related experiences to support their academic interests.

Each student in the REU program is paired with a Bigelow scientist based on mutual research interests. Colby College interns work with scientists and staff mentors in their specific area of interest. Over the course of ten weeks, the students develop their own individual research projects and identify a research question, develop a proposal, conduct their research, and prepare an abstract and poster. This year, research topics include marine virology, ocean acidification, marine microbiology, ocean biogeochemistry, bioinformatics, sensory biology, phytoplankton ecology, and science communications. At the end of the program on August 14, students will present their posters at a symposium at the Laboratory, 60 Bigelow Drive in East Boothbay. The symposium will run in two sessions: from 9:30 am to noon and from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Alongside their research projects and internships, students have the opportunity to integrate themselves into the Bigelow Laboratory community, participate in Laboratory outreach programs, and attend social events, field trips, and seminars. Listed below are the student interns at Bigelow Laboratory for the summer of 2014. Sonia Vargas, Colby College Hallie Jester Colby College Brianna Adams, Texas A&M, Univeristy Corpus Christi Daniel Siedman, Brown University Allison Sharrar, University of Michigan Alicia Hoeglund, Truman State University Amy Webb, University of Southern Maine Stephen Blanchard, Southern Maine Community College Nicholas Marquis, Southern Maine Community College Elizabeth Allen, College of William and Mary Sarah Erskine, Wheaton College Jessica Mayhew, Southern Maine Community College Alexa Willaims, Colby College Devin Page, Southern Maine Community College Colton Funkhouser, Colby College Elizabeth Tonkin, Colby College David Findley, Haverford College Robert Campbell, Colby College