Five SCC students participate in summer research projects

Five Scottsdale Community College students will participate in research projects this summer as part of a National Science Foundation grant program designed to create research experiences for undergraduate students.

Clayton Hatathlie

Clayton Hatathlie

The SCC students will spend between eight-to-10 weeks researching areas ranging from solar cell technology and nanotechnology, to computer security and observational astronomy, and computational astrophysics.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates gives students, many chosen from four-year-institutions, opportunities to work closely with faculty and other researchers specific areas. Students at REU sites consist of a group of about 10 undergraduates working in the research program of a host institution. The research projects can be based in a single discipline, or academic department, or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities.

Three of the SCC students will work in labs at Arizona State University while the others will spend part of their summer at the University of Texas at Dallas or Texas A&M University.

SCC students participating in REU projects:

Naomi Baxter – Texas A&M University, Observational Astronomy and Computational Astrophysics.

Vera Gorenco – Arizona State University, Nanotechnology

Clayton Hatathlie – University of Texas at Dallas, Computer Security

Heidi Rodriguez – Arizona State University/QESST, Solar Energy

Renee Sailus – Arizona State University, Nanotechnology

“Computer science is something I’m very interested in so hopefully this will give me more knowledge and a better idea of what I’m getting into,” said Mr. Hatathlie, a SCC sophomore going to the University of Texas at Dallas to work on a team project dealing with safety in the aviation industry.

He leaves on May 20 for the program that ends on July 28. Along with room and board, he receives a stipend.

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