Six Georgia College students participate in summer REUs throughout U.S.

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Six Georgia College students and one faculty member were selected for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) with stipends through the National Science Foundation (NSF).
This summer, they’ll participate in research for biology, mathematics, chemistry and physics at universities across the United States. A seventh student received a grant to conduct statistical analysis on campus with variables that affect grades.
“That our students are selected for these REU experiences speaks very well for Georgia College and for the way we’re able to engender in our students a love of learning and a passion for exploration,” said Dr. Robert Blumenthal, chair of mathematics. 
REUs last about two months and give students opportunities to learn good work ethics and research techniques at other universities. They get a chance to work with other undergraduate, graduate and post-doctorate students. They also network, making professional contacts with faculty.     
“These experiences are what a young researcher needs to learn more about scientific careers and the modern research culture,” said Dr. Indiren Pillay, chair of biological and environmental sciences. “We at Georgia College are of course very proud when our students are accepted into these programs, because it is a validation of what we offer as a strong, liberal arts institution.”
Senior physics major Nowsherwan Sultan and Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge willexplore nanoferroic structures in Nebraska.
Stories REU students bring back to campus will inspire others to apply, said Assistant Professor of physics Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge. He’ll participate in research at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska, with junior physics major Nowsherwan Sultan of Pakistan.
This team relationship makes their REU experience unique. Alongside Mahabaduge, Sultan will explore “polarization and spin phenomena in nanoferroic structures.” He hopes to find “magnetic memory” applications for information processing and storage.
“I am really excited and grateful to get this opportunity,” Sultan said. “The main goal of my college …

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