ALERT REU Final Research Presentations
This summer, ALERT hosted 5 undergraduate students to participate in the 10-week REU program. At Northeastern University, two students worked with Prof. Carey Rappaport, one with Prof. Jose Martinez-Lorenzo, and one with John Beaty and Alyssa White. ALERT also hosted one REU at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez who did research with Prof. Samuel Hernandez.
The ALERT REU program also partnered with other REU programs in the College of Engineering to build a cohort of 14 students who jointly attended professional development meetings and program activities, including presentations on Research Ethics, Lab Safety, Power Point Presentation Skills and Scientific Storytelling. At the end of the summer each student gave a final presentation on their research project. The final presentations consisted of 10-minute overviews of each REU’s research project, addressing their project’s overall mission and activities, their specific contributions to the project, as well as what knowledge and skills they gained.
The program is hosted and sponsored by the Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, and the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS), a Graduated National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center.