REU physics interns at Ha Ha Tonka (left to right): Mitchel Vaninger, Miles Thies, Payton Beeler, Breta Phillips, Emily Koballa, Charlie Winborn, Reed Kolany, Derek Tang, and Zack Miller.
MU’s Research Experience for Undergraduates in Physics: Materials and Modeling hosted ten interns this summer from ten different undergraduate institutions. They worked on research projects ranging from modeling star dust to developing “green” nanoparticles to creating a patch clamp to measure current across cell membranes. They enjoyed a field trip to Jordan Valley Innovation Center, where the students toured microelectronics facilities, with an enjoyable detour at Ha Ha Tonka park. The REU summer program culminated in oral and poster presentations by the ten students.