SUNRISE, UND summer undergraduate students to showcase work Tuesday, Aug. 13

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SUNRISE, UND summer undergraduate students to showcase work Tuesday, Aug. 13

The University of North Dakota SUNRISE program hosted its 11th annual Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program Poster Session Aug. 13.

SUNRISE faculty in the UND chemistry and chemical engineering departments use the REU program to mentor undergraduate students from all over the U.S in their laboratories.

This year, there were 12 participants: five in chemistry and seven in chemical engineering. The participants are from Illinois Wesleyan University, City College of New York, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and the UND.

The poster session was the culmination of the students' summer-long work. The poster session gave students the opportunity to explain their work to the public in an informal setting.

The students conducted research projects for 10 weeks. They also participated in activities designed to introduce them to graduate school, research methods, safety and ethical conduct. The group also visited the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks; the UND Energy & Environmental Research Center; and the UND Cessna Citation II research jet, which is operated by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and housed at UND Flight Operations.

The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation. The principal investigators are Evguenii Kozliak, professor of chemistry and Wayne Seames, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering.


SUNRISE stands for the Sustainable Energy Research and Supporting Education Initiative. Founded in 2004, SUNRISE is a student-centered, faculty-led research program at UND, North Dakota State University (NDSU), and Mayville State University.

The mission of SUNRISE is to conduct research that contributes to solving complex energy-related problems; investigate the development of sustainable energy options and spur economic development and job-creation for North Dakota; increase UND and NDSU research competitiveness in sustainable energy; and produce graduates to develop and promote sustainable energy.

All this is done within a unified, interdisciplinary program that translates fundamental research into commercial solutions. Alena Kubátová, associate professor of chemistry at UND and Marisol Berti, associate professor of plant sciences at NDSU are the co-directors of SUNRISE.

Juan Miguel Pedraza

University & Public Affairs writer

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