IOU-NA Research Experience for Native American Undergraduates 2017 Program

The fourth year of the Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program has come to a close at the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences. The IOU-NA program is designed for Native American students to participate in hands-on research opportunities at the University of Arizona in optics and photonics, as well as in hydrology, astronomy, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, and more. IOU-NA students participate in Native American focused workshops facilitated by the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) staff. This summer twelve students from across the country came together,

The IOU-NA program is designed for Native American students to participate in hands-on research opportunities at the University of Arizona in optics and photonics, as well as in hydrology, astronomy, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, and more. IOU-NA students participate in Native American focused workshops facilitated by the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) staff.

This summer twelve students from across the country came together, performed, and presented unique and innovative research projects. Over the last four years, the IOU-NA program has hosted 35 NA students from 12 different tribes, 17 different universities, and many were freshmen and sophomores. Thirteen students have since graduated and eleven students have gone on to pursue higher degrees of education including degrees from the University of Arizona, MIT, University of Virginia, and more.

Since the program has begun CIAN’s IOU-NA REU program will continue for two more years based on National Science Foundation Funding. This year’s students are listed below along with their project titles and mentors.

If you would like to learn more or apply for the program visit our website here.

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Israel Aragon

Fort Lewis College
Optical Diffraction Switching
Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, Colton Bigler

 

Leo Bia

University of Arizona
The effects of increasing temperatures on photochemical smog in the Phoenix Metropolitan area during 1984 to 2016
Chris Castro

Refreeno Harvey

Fort Lewis College
Research in Hydrology for Streamflow Infiltration at Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed
Pieter Hazenberg

Antonia Jim

Fort Lewis College
Testing the Ability of Landscape Evolution Observatory Soil To Support Plant Growth
Aditi Sengupta

Jasmine Lopez

Tohono O’odham Community College
Water Quality in The Southern United States & Navajo Nation
Paloma Beamer, Nathan Lothrop, Yoshi Ornelas

Madison McMillen

University of Arkansas
Navajo Gold King Mine Spill (GKMS) Exposure Project: Dietary Patterns Pre- and Post- the GKMS
Paloma Beamer, Nathan Lothrop, Yoshi Ornelas

Natasha Manygoats

 University of Arizona
Effects of centrifuging brine prior to membrane distillation has on the performance and fouling of the membrane
Vicky Karanikola, Bob Arnold, Chris Yazzie

Micah Mann

University of Arizona
Fluorescent Anisotropy Measurements
Leilei Peng, Dustin Tran, Dongli Xu

 

Harrisetta Sandoval

Fort Lewis College
Assembling and Operating a Direct Write Photolithography System
Sasaan Showghi

Jesse Toledo

 University of California, Los Angeles
Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed Raindrop Size and Distribution
Pieter Hazenberg

Leon Toledo

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Adaptations of Plants against Damage by Insects and Pathogens
Betsy Arnold

Craig Draper

University of Arizona
An Optical Ising Machine Based on Multi-core Fiber Lasers
Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, Lichuan Liu

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