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Front:  Lyndsie Kamps – Calvin College, Susan Campbell – Louisiana Tech University

Middle:  Theophila Dusabamahoro – Spelman College, Rebecca Moffett – University of Arkansas, Ronald Bercaw – Oklahoma City University, Carlie Clem – Henderson State University

Back:  Harper Grimsley – University of Arkansas, Evan Noel – Pittsburg State University, Program Co-Director Dr. David Paul

2014 NSF-REU Alumni

  • Maria Alonzo (INBRE), Lyon College
  • Terry Anderson, Philander Smith College
  • Brianna Bittner, St. Norbert’s College
  • Sean Fritz, Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • Portia Hahn Leat, Missouri Western State University
  • Anthony Harrison, Tuskegee University
  • Joseph Koon (INBRE), Ouachita Baptist University
  • Marissa Murchison, Ft. Valley State University
  • T. Ryan Rogers, University of Central Arkansas
  • Jordana Thibado, University of Arkansas
  • Michael Thomas, St. Augustine’s University
  • Sara Whitlock, John Brown University

2011 NSF-REU Alumni 

  • Terry Anderson (2011) - Philander Smith College
  • Jasmine Brown (2011) - Philander Smith College
  • Ryan Christman (2011) - Ohio Northern University
  • Edward Evans (2011) - Wabash College
  • Elaine Haas (2011) - Spring Hill College
  • Jonathan Janzen (2011) - Northeastern State University
  • Ja'Qualane Scales (2011) - Philander Smith College
  • Sweta Shrestha (2011) - Cameron University
  • Jin Sun Woo (2011) - Mount Holyoke College
  • Patience Wright (2011) - Spring Hill College

2010 NSF-REU Alumni

Front row, from left:  Jordan Bird (INBRE), Courtney Walker (INBRE), Rebecca Foos, Anna Fielder, Maria Williams.Middle row from left:  Phoebe Cooper (INBRE), Amanda Hicks, Jean-Marie Charles, Erika Russell. Back row from left:  Dr. David Paul, Jordan Walters (INBRE), Jared Kafader, Eric Berget, Vernon (D.J.) Crowell, Jr.

  • Eric Berget (2010) student at Minnesota State University
  • Jordan Bird (INBRE 2010) student at University of Central Arkansas
  • Phoebe Cooper (INBRE 2010) student at John Brown University
  • Jean-Marie Charles (2010) student at Cameron University
  • D.J. Crowell (2010) student at Lyon College
  • Anna Fielder (2010) student at the University of Arkansas
  • Rebecca Foos (2010) student at John Brown University
  • Amanda Hicks (2010) student at John Brown University
  • Jared Kafader (2010) student at Elmhurst College
  • Erika Russell (2010) student at Bethune-Cookman University
  • Courtney Walker (INBRE 2010) student at University of Central Arkansas
  • Jordan Walters (INBRE 2010) student at Harding University
  • Maria Williams (2010) student at Texas Southern University

2009 NSF-REU Alumni

  • Kirt Durand (2009 INBRE) – graduated from UAPB and is now a graduate student at Purdue University studying analytical chemistry (mass spec)
  • Robynetta Hargrave (2009) – student at Spring Hill College 
  • Cynthia Kaeser (2009) – graduated from the University of the Cumberlands and is currently a graduate student at Michigan State University.
  • Chris Keathley (2009) – student at John Brown University 
  • Jacob Mahaffey (2009 INBRE) – student at UALR
  • Aaron McMoran (2009 INBRE) – graduated from UCA and is employed as a Facilities Monitor in Conway.
  • Nitish Narula (2009 INBRE) – student at SAU
  • Trent Parker (2009) – graduated from St. Louis University and is a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech.
  • Erika Pollard (2009) – graduated from the University of West Georgia and is now a graduate student at Utah.
  • Melanie Pund (2009) –student at University of Southern Indiana
  • Andrew Robertson (2009) – student at Texas State University 
  • Hayden Self (2009) – student at Shorter College 
  • Matthew Weaver (2009) – graduated from Benedictine College and is aPh.D. student in mathematics at Kansas State University.
  • Thaddeus Vasicek (2009) – graduated from the University of Arkansas

2008 NSF-REU Alumni

  • Ivy Fitzgerald (2008) – Graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry, with ACS certification, with minors in biology and physics at Agnes Scott College. She is a graduate student studying biophysics at the University of Chicago.
  • Christena Hooten Nash  (2008) – B.S., M.A.T., University of Arkansas and is currently a graduate student at the University of Arkansas studying analytical chemistry.
  • Christopher Ladner (2008) – student at Spring Hill College
  • William Newhart (2008) – B.S. Missouri Western State College and is a graduate student in chemistry at the University of Kansas. 
  • Sean Nomoto (2008) – student at the University of Wisconsin River Falls
  • Nikita Patton (2008) – B.S. Bennett College for Women; worked as a business consultant at the United States Army Research Laboratory in 2010; Grad School at California State University, San Bernardino
  • Ashley Ramsey Howard (2008) – Earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas pursuing a doctorate in chemistry.  
  • Michelle Reed (2008) – Graduated magna cum laude in December 2008 from Adams State College with a bachelor of science in chemistry and a minor in math. She is the assistant women's soccer coach at Adams State College.
  • Scott Robotham (2008) – Graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He is a graduate student in chemistry at the University of Texas in Austin. 
  • Andrew Ward (2008) – Graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from University of Detroit Mercy in 2009. He attends graduate school at the University of Notre Dame, where he works in a bioorganic research lab.

2007 NSF-REU Alumni

  • Karole Blythe (2007) – Student at Langston University.
  • Sherri Brixey (2007) – B.S. in Chemistry, University of Arkansas, May 2008.
  • Jahnavi Chatterjee (2007) – Graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 2008 from Mississippi University for Women. She is a research assistant at The Johns Hopkins University.
  • Charles Loftis (2006, 2007) – Graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Langston University.
  • Carrie Peter Snyder (2006, 2007) – B.S., John Brown University. She is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas.
  • Michelle Reed (2007) – Student at Adams State College in Colorado.
  • Adam Ring (2007) – B.S. Miami University in Ohio. Awarded an NSF-REU Chemistry Leadership Group Travel Award, March 2008.Currently attends medical school at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Roger Williams (2007) – Graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Eastern New Mexico University. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas doing research with Ryan Tian.
  • Lauren Woods (2007) – Student at the University of Arkansas.

2006 NSF-REU Alumni

  • Jamika Brown (2006) – Student at Norfolk State University.
  • Nicholas Gleason (2006) – Ph.D. Student at the University of Arkansas.
  • Christina Handford (2006) – Student at the University of South Carolina, Upstate.
  • Martha Hilburn (2006) – BS, Arkansas Tech University. Ph.D. Student at Oklahoma State University.
  • Zakiya Hoyett (2006) – Student at Norfolk State University, to graduate with a BS in Chemistry May 10, 2008.  Tutor for STARS (on campus) and AVID (Virginia Beach schools). Lives in Norfolk VA, with permanent residency in Gadsden, Alabama.
  • Kendra Jackson (2006) – B.S. in Biochemistry from John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR), May, 2007.  She now lives in Oklahoma and is a General Chemistry Lab Instructor at John Brown University, and also a high school and Jr. high school science teacher for homeschoolers.
  • Charles Loftis (2006, 2007) – Student at Langston University.
  • Carrie Peter  Synder (2006, 2007) – B.S. from John Brown University, May 2008, and is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas.
  • Cassandra Potter (2006) – Student at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Bartlesville, Okla.
  • Carol Trana (2006) – B.S. Chemistry and Biology from UA Monticello, May 2008. Currently an Adjunct Instructor of Bioscience Labs and Human Anatomy and Physiology Labs at UA Monticello.

2005 NSF-REU Alumni

  • Evgenia Akhmetova (2005) – Ph.D. doctoral candidate at the University of Arkansas.
  • Quincy Anderson (2005) – B.S. from Langston University.
  • Bruce Atwater (2005) – B.S. from Gustavus Aldolphus College. Ph.D. student at Indiana.
  • Aireal Haley (2005) – B.S. in Chemistry from University of Arkansas. Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan.
  • Garen Holman (2005) – B.S. University of Central Arkansas, Ph.D. Student at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Abigail Hubbard (2005) – doctoral candidate at the University of Arkansas.
  • John-David McEldery (2005) – B.S. from Brigham Young University. Graduate student in the Advanced Raman Microscopy & Chemical Imaging Lab, University of Michigan.
  • Timothy Paslay (2005) – Degree in Chemistry.  Currently a construction worker in Oklahoma.
  • Ioana Peret (2005) – B.S. University of Arkansas.  Medical student at UAMS.
  • Danielle Reifsnyder (2005) – B.S. and B.A. Duke University.  Fulbright U.S. Student Fellow 2006-2007 in Russia.  Ph.D. student in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Monique Robinson Durand (2005) – B.S. from Langston University, Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Virginia Tech University. Currently an assistant engineer in the Hollywood office of Hazen and Sawyer, P.C., an environmental engineering and scientific firm.
  • Lauren Rogers (2005) – B.S. from Western Carolina University.
  • Nicole Vanderbush (2005) – Ph.D. Student in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Arkansas.
  • Vitaly Vostrikov (2005) – graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in spring 2011.
  • Melissa Weston (2005) – graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in 2010. Is a senior scientist for Halliburton in Duncan, Okla. Jamesha Wills (2005) – B.S. from Grambling State University.  Ph.D. student at Iowa.

2004 NSF-REU Alumni

  • Michelle Childress (2004) - Central Oklahoma State, B.S. University of Arkansas 2005, currently a high school chemistry teacher in Rogers, AR.
  • Courtney Conrad (2004) – Doctor of Pharmacy, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA) June 2007.  Currently a Pharmacist in Pennsylvania.
  • Amber Evans (2004) – BS in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T in 2005.  Currently a Ph.D. student in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Cosmetic science at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Peter Milano (2004) – B.A. in Chemistry from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.  Currently working on his M.D. from University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL.  Expects to complete program in May, 2010.
  • Micah Niphakis (2004) – BS in Chemistry with honors from Houghton College, May 2005.  M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry, Oct. 2007 from Kansas University.  Currently a Ph.D. Student in Medicinal Chemistry, moving with his professor from Kansas University to University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. His degree will come from Kansas University.
  • Robyn L. Poerschke (2004) – B.A. Chemistry from Hendrix College.  Ph.D. Student in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Utah.
  • Andjela Subotic (2004) – B.S. Chemistry with a Biochemical Concentration and Music with a Vocal Concentration, Saint Mary's University. M.F.A. University of Arkansas 2008. Currently she is living in Chicago.
  • Vanja Stojkovic (2004) – B.S. in Chemistry from Northland College, Ashland, WI in 2005. Currently a 3rd year graduate student at the University of Iowa, Chemistry Department.
  • Eugenia Tsamis (2004) – B.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry 2005 from UNI in Cedar Falls, IA. Currently a Ph.D. Student at Duke in Durham, NC.
  • Lena Yurs (2004) – B.A. from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI in 2006 majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics.  Currently a second year graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2003 NSF-REU Alumni

  • Seth Fornea (2003) – B.S. Chemistry from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches Louisiana.  M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from Clemson University.  Currently works as a Chemist for the United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service.  Resides in North Carolina.
  • Melissa Jasbring (2003) – B.S. in chemistry from University of Dallas. Currently teaches high school science in Texas.
  • Latisha (Karber) McLaurin (2003) – Chemistry degree from Midwestern State University. Currently a second year medical school student at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, TX.  
  • Steven Neal (2003) – M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas.  Ph.D. Student at Iowa State University.
  • Grace Ong (2003) – Ph.D. Student at the University of Arkansas.
  • Zachary H. Reed (2003) B.S. in chemistry from Utah State University. Currently in Oregon working towards a PhD in food science and technology. He is studying at the Seafood Lab in Astoria, where he uses antibodies in ELISA assays to detect and quantify protein additives in imitation crab. He has a 4-year-old son.
  • Robert Reed (2003) – B.S. in chemistry from Utah State University. Currently working torward a doctorate in food science and studying in the Seafood Lab in Astoria, Ore.
  • Kate Ridinger (2003) – B.S. in Biochemistry from Angelo State University.  Currently a 4th year graduate student at Texas A&M University in the Biochemistry and Biophysics department.
  • Troy Seelhammer (2003) – B.S., Concordia College in Morehead, Minnesota, Cum Laude.  He is now a 3rd year Medical Student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Crystal Sellers (2003) – B.S. Chemistry, ACS Option from Arkansas Tech University, May 2004, Ph.D. Student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
  • Murat Sünbül (2003) – B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, Ankara.  M.S. in Chemistry from University of Chicago.  Currently Ph.D. chemistry student at the University of Chicago.
  • Charles Zehm (2003) – B.A. from Hendrix College in 2001. Currently working on M.D. from UAMS in 2009.
  • Christopher S. Chailland (2002) – B.A., 2003, Hanover College, Fulbright U.S. Student Fellow 2006-2007, Denmark through Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
  • Winston Duncan (2002) – Masters degree in Biology from the University of Arkansas, summer 2007.  B.S. in Environmental Science from Midwestern State University.  Currently resides in Anguilla, British West Indies.
  • Marc Elliott Gewin (2002) – B.S. 2003 Centenary College of Louisiana, double major– Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry and Mathematics & Theory.  Currently is a Medical Student, MS III classification, LSUHSC, Shreveport, Louisiana.
  • Rochelle (Seals) Dillon (2002) – B.S. in Chemistry from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA December 2003.  Currently employed by Raytheon as a Manufacturing Engineer II in Texas.
  • Matthew Sims (2002) – Chemistry degree with a concentration in Biology from Louisiana Tech University.  Currently an Analytical Chemist in Arkansas.
  • Jessica White (2002) – graduated from Concordia University in 2003 with a degree in chemistry.  She works for Tyco Healthcare.
  • Sue Ellen Brand (2001) – Ph.D. University of Arkansas.  Currently in a Postdoc position at Tulane University.
  • Melissa (Franzen) Jones (2001) – Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Space and Planetary Science program, 2006. Currently an engineer/scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Planetary and Lunar Mission Concepts Group in Pasadena, CA.
  • Nick Grossoehme (2001) – Ph.D. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College.  Post doctorate in chemistry at University of Indiana. Current position:  Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry – Winthrop University
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  • Stephanie Harman (2001) – BS in Chemistry from Central Methodist College (now Central Methodist University) in 2002.  Currently a high school chemistry and physics teacher in Missouri.
  • Julia Koeppe (2001) – Ph.D., 2006, from University of California, San Diego.  Postdoctoral position at Oxford University, England.
  • John Norton (2001) – B.S. in Chemistry from Northern Illinois University.  Ph.D. Medicine (Cellular Biology) from Northwestern University.  Currently doing Post Doctoral Research at Illinois.
  • Anne C. Phillips (2001) – B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Biochemistry from Queens University, Charlotte NC (2003).  M.S. in Mathematics from University of Alabama Huntsville, 2006.  ABD Ph.D. Mathematics with cognate in Biochemistry, intent to graduate May 2008, University of Alabama combined program. Currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Mathematics at Alabama.
  • Christopher Saunders (2001) – Ph.D. Student at the University of Arkansas.
  • Justin Thompson (2001) – Graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2003 with a degree in physics/math.  He is a graduate student at the University of Southern California.
  • Bridgette Blackman (2000) – Ph.D. University of Arkansas.  Currently working at Corning in NY.
  • Lyndell Horine (2000) – B.S. John Brown University, UAMS (as of 2002).
  • Jeffery Jones (2000) – Ph.D. University of Arkansas.  Currently at Applied Proteomics in Glendale, CA.
  • Rodney Rowland (2000) – M.S. student at the University of Arkansas.  Currently resides in Mena, AR and teaches at the Richland County Community College.


Annnaliessa (Carter) Baird (1999) – Chemist for aArentis Pharmaceuticals in Kansas City, MO.
Rebecca Lovett (1999) – Ph.D. University of Arkansas.  Chemistry teacher at St. Mary’s High School in Medford, OR.


D. Glen Akridge (1998) – Ph.D., Manager of Laboratory Operations at Process Dynamics, Inc., Fayetteville, AR.


Stephanie Hebert (1997) – M.S. from University of Arkansas.


Brian Bakke (1996) – Ph.D., 2004 – University of Arkansas.  Currently is a postdoc at the University of Maryland.

Jon Rhoad (1996) – Assistant Professor (A.B. William Jewell College; M.S., Ph.D., The Ohio State University) Missouri Western State University.


Eli Loots (1994) – B.S. University of Arkansas, Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley. Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP – Intellectual Property Law.


Anthony Jude (1992) – Ph.D. in Biochemistry, UAMS 1998, Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, deceased 2001.

Jeffery M. Schwehm (1992) – is an associate professor of biochemistry at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis.


David Dawson (1986) – Ph.D. under Dr. Allison, University of Arkansas, 1992.  He was a postdoc from 1992-1994 with Scott Gilbertson at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1994-1996 he was a postdoc with Duane Miller at the pharmacy school at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. He was an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe from 1996-2001. In 2001 he joined Christian Brothers University in Memphis where he was promoted to   associate professor in 2006.


J. Morris Bramlett (1984) – Ph.D. under Dr. Allison, University of Arkansas. Currently serves as dean, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, University of Arkansas at Monticello.