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2015 REU Participants in front of Neyland Stadium

“I really enjoyed the trips during the program. It was informative to see government and industrial labs. The trips to Eastman and Oak Ridge were highlights of the program for me. The seminars were great too.” ——- 2015 REU participant

“I loved the site visits because they showed us options for a career after graduate school. I really enjoyed the group activities such as the cookouts, baseball games, and stadium tour.” ———— 2015 REU participant

“The seminar series was very helpful, because it exposed me to new areas of research that I either did not know about, or did not previously think I would be interested in.” ————- 2015 REU participant

“Loved the site visits. I gained a tremendous amount of experience this summer. My advisor was very helpful, as well as my grad student mentor and the rest of the group.” ———- 2014 REU participant

“I enjoyed every facet of the REU program. The location, housing, activities, and seminars were all fantastic and everyone could tell that a lot of effort was put into making this program. The research groups themselves were also very accommodating and helpful and I did not encounter one graduate student who was not willing to lend a helping hand if needed.” ———- 2014 REU participant

“I truly enjoyed the fact that Dr. Best and Dr. Campagna went  above and beyond to made us feel at home, helping us with any requests, showing us around the area.” ———- 2014 REU participant

“Presentation practices, communication workshops, the tours, the final symposium, and of course lab research provided a well-rounded summer experience for everyone in the program. This REU program really stands out as a great, unforgettable experience.” ————— 2014 REU participant

“It has given me time to grow both spiritually and as a person, I’ve met some of the best people and owe a lot to this summer.”
———Brandon Hambrick, 2013 REU participant, Mays group, currently an undergraduate student majoring in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville