Published on May 14, 2010  

Junior chemistry major Barrett Worley has been selected to participate this summer in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program with the National Nanotechnology Initiative Network (NNIN). Each year, only about 70 undergraduates are selected to participate in the program.

The selected students will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, opto-electronics, physics, and the life sciences, according to the REU-NINN website.

"I was a little worried about getting in, given the selectivity of the program, but seeing the confirmation e-mail was exhilarating," Barrett said. "I am very excited about the magnitude and prestige of the program."

Barrett hopes to learn "as much as possible" about nanotechnology as a science and research career while accomplishing the program's goals. After graduating from Samford next spring, Barrett hopes to attend graduate school for chemistry and acquire a Ph.D. "I would like to pursue a career as a research chemist, focusing on the development of nanotechnology as a material for improving electronic devices," Barrett said.