Physics and Engineering Students Receive NSF-REU Internships

psychisCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 1, 2013 – Three junior honor students in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at Southeast Missouri State University have been awarded summer 2013 internships through the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program.

The students will spend ten weeks with research groups at other universities. Benjamin Cahill, a double major in physics and engineering physics, will be performing research at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.; Stephanie Howard, a double major in mathematics and physics, will be performing research at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.; and Dakota Crisp, a double major in physics and engineering physics, will be performing research at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas.

According to Dr. John Tansil, internship coordinator for the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, the NSF-REU internships are nationally competitive.

“It is gratifying to have three students receive these highly sought after internships,” Tansil said. “It’s a testimony to the quality of our students and that their hard work and perseverance were rewarded.”

“We have been fortunate in recent years to have several students receive NSF-REU internships,” Tansil said. “In summer 2012 we also had three students receive internships: Jonathan (Luke) Westbrook performed research at Boston University; Stephan Bauman performed research at Argonne National Laboratory; and Michael Rhodes performed research at the University of Arkansas. All gave presentations on their research at the fall meeting of the Missouri Association of Physics Teachers, which was held on Southeast’s campus Oct. 12, 2012.”