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Our summer bridge program for Pima Community College students provides research opportunities with distinguished Univeristy of Arizona faculty in fundamental and applied sciences. For twenty years, the National Science Foundation has generously supported underrepresented and nontraditional students, and for twenty years these students have proven themselves talented and driven enough to succeed in scientific research. They have contributed their efforts to fields as diverse as atmospheric sciences, astronomy, geosciences, optical sciences, applied mathematics, solar engineering, civil engineering, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, experimental high energy physics, robotics, hydrology, simulation science, biophysics, early childhood language acquisition, radiocarbon dating, electronics, planetary studies, etc.

Our diverse students' backgrounds have provided them with unshakable determination and keen entrepreneurship making them invaluable resources to their labs. Many are hired by their labs to continue their research, and others participate in the NASA Space Grant research program. Nearly all finish college and several have continued their educations to receive PhD's.

Our program targets high achieving but possibly at-risk local community college students who plan to transfer to UA to finish their undergraduate degree. During the first two weeks, participants receive intensive pre-research training in machine shop skills (lathe, mill, etc.), programming (C, MatLab, etc.) and electronics (logic circuits, oscilloscopes, etc.). Visits are made to each of the participating labs so students can select research mentors whose interests are most closely aligned with their own. Participants also participate in a team-building activity designing PVC-catapults. These catapults are launched during the REU Reunion Cookout where current participants interact with previous participants to obtain useful advice and information. At the end of these two weeks, students are placed in the research labs and begin their projects.

During the remaining eight weeks, many social activities are organized to keep participants connected to one another. Participants also meet most Friday mornings to discuss and present their research. These meetings are designed to build participants' comfort levels at presenting their research in a progressive manner:

  • Just for fun practice presentation (8 minutes max + 2 for questions).
  • Practice Research Presentation (8+2): no guests, peer feedback via comment cards.
  • Semi-Practice Research Presentations (10+2): core research mentors invited only.
  • Research Presentation (10+2): all faculty/mentors invited, all guests/family welcome.
Our program supports public outreach by having REU participants present their research to several hundred local citizens in downtown Tucson's monthly 2nd Saturday festival.

In The News:
  • Matt Bunting (REU 2006 & 2008) announced ACE Student of the Year! (2010-2011) Read here (or if unavailable our backup). See him in a YouTube interview.
  • Kyle Rine (REU 2009) and Paul Rheinheimer publish: Metal and Metalloid Contaminants in Atmospheric Aerosols from Mining Operations, Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, accepted Feb 2011. Janae Csavina, Andrea Landázuri, Anna Wonaschütz, Kyle Rine, Paul Rheinheimer, Brian Barbaris, William Conant, A. Eduardo Sáez and Eric A. Betterton
  • Kyle Rine (REU 2009) promoted by Eric Betterton (Dept Chair of Atmos Sci) to Laboratory Director replacing retiring senior scientist (and wonderful REU mentor) Brian Barbaris!
  • Dr. Pitucco demands good teaching over misused technology at a national conference: article,   article with reader comments,   original link as long as it lasts.
  • Matt Bunting (REU 2006 & 2008) achieves robotic successes: UA article

We have served hundreds of students with the generous support of National Science Foundation grants:
   2009-2011    2006-2008    2003-2005    2000-2002    1997-1999    1994-1996    1993


The Administrative and Support Team:

Graduate Mentor/Administrator:
Rebekah Cross
  
Graduate Mentor/Administrator:
Nikita Kirnosov
  
Undergraduate Mentor/Administrator:
Amber Hawkins

PCC Director:
Professor Pitucco

Primary Investigator:
Professor Manne

Founding Investigator:
Professor Thews

Machine Shop Instruction:
Professor Bickel

Microscopy Instruction:
Professor Visscher

Solar Energy Club Sponsor/Mentor:
Professor Cronin

Laboratory Director:
Dr. Roger Haar

Accounting Manager:
Patty Zeigler

Technology Director:
Mike Eklund
  
Previous Mentor/Administrator:
Joe Baker

Graduate Mentor Emeritus:
Matt Leone

The Research Advisors:
  Dr. Anthony Lewis and Matt Bunting (REU participant 2006 & 2007) researching at the Robotics & Neural Systems Lab.
· 2011: Ahmed Alani - Programming GUI interfaces to enable remote access and data collection from novel 'Cheetah' robots.

Dr. Roger Angel and Matt Rademacher researching astronomy & solar energy at Steward Observatory.
· 2011: Nic Smith - A kinematic mount for ARGOS, Advanced Rayleigh Ground Layer Adaptive Optics System.
· 2012: Brian Bellah -
· 2013: Kyle Egan -
· 2013: Jose Garcia -

Dr. Rene Corrales and Dr. Krishna Muralidharan researching computational space chemistry & material science.
· 2011: Al Weber - Water Formation in Minerals from Proton Implantation.

Dr. Bonner Denton and Scott Tilden researching spectroscopy & electronics related to analytical chemistry technology development.
· 2011: Layne Castro - The new age of detecting explosives: Ion Mobility Spectrometry.
· 2011: Dan Allen - Designing and constructing a Beowulf cluster and circuit board fabrication techniques.
· 2012: - John Mothershed
· 2012: - Daryn Roan
· 2013: - Adam Williams
· 2013: - Tamara Alani

Dr. Eric Betterton and Kyle Rine (REU participant 2009) researching atmospheric chemical analysis].
· 2011: Mackenzie Russell - Air quality near mining operations: As, Cd and Pb contaminates from Hayden Smelter and the Iron King superfund.
· 2012: Alina Kalinina - Aerosol Contaminants from Mining Operations
· 2013: Christopher Jabczynski -
· 2013: Chad Smith -

Alex Leonard and George Burr researching chemical analysis at the Accelerator Mass Spectrometer Lab.
· 2011: Caitlin Schnitzer - Radioactive carbon-14 dating of meteorites, lunar rocks, and carbon dioxide samples.
· 2012: Jamie Fitzgerald -

Dr. Bob Arnold researching chemical & environmental engineering.
· 2011: Stephanie Ruehl - Real time sensor observation of an advanced oxidation process.
· 2012: Andrew Keller - Wastewater treatment

Dr. Cholik Chan researching Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering.
· 2011: Frank Peebles - Lab on a Chip project: blood flow as a Newtonian fluid.
· 2011: Bishop Duperret - Chebyshev polynomial spectral method numerical analysis with MatLab for microfluidic biomedical analysis.
· 2012: Daniel Simmons -
· 2013: David Malboeuf -

Dr. Stephen Kukolich researching microwave spectroscopy chemistry, see research summary.
· 2011: E'bluciana Booker - The search for periodic trends in the periodic table: relating the structure of molecules to transitional frequencies.

Dr. Mary Alt researching computational speech & hearing.
· 2011: Carmen Austin - ActionScript programming for game-based evaluation of juvenile word learning.
· 2012: Cynthia Quinones - Lexicon Literacy Language Learning.

Dr. Ted Trouard researching MRI biomechanical engineering.
· 2011: Josh Clements - The MRI laboratory study of opening up the blood brain barrier using the BOMUS experiment.
· 2013: Amanda Halawani -

Dr. Ken Johns and Joel Steinberg researching electronics related to particle physics.
· 2011: Steve Broussard - Electronics for particle physics at the large hadron collider.
· 2012: Gina Moraila - Improving redshifts to study Dark Matter

Dr. Brian LeRoy researching graphene.
· 2012: Jon Weiser - Spectroscopic Analysis of Rotational Angles in Bilayer Graphene Nucleation .

Dr. Kaushik Balakrishnan researching nanostructures.
· 2012: Eddie Enhelder -

Dr. Michael Brown researching nuclear magnetic resonance.
· 2012: EJ Matchin - NMR

Dr. Weigang Wang researching spintronics.
· 2013: Marcus Rosales -

Dr. Weigang Wang researching 3D printing.
· 2013: Salomon Soumbey-Alley -

Dr. Charles Wolgemuth researching biophysics of cells.
· 2013: - Liliana Saldana

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