Eight students from other college campuses will be spending this summer at the University of Louisville, doing research and learning about UofL’s Micro/Nanotechnology facilities and programs. UofL has received a three year, $374,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to host the college students who are interested in Micro/Nanotechnology and STEM disciplines.

The Research  Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program will “give students research opportunities at UofL they couldn’t find at their own campus”, according to MNTC director Kevin Walsh.

Walsh says students apply for spots in the 10-week summer program, with UofL faculty and staff picking the participants. The students will be developing a research project with a UofL faculty mentor, working in the Clean Room at the Shumaker Research Building, learning technical writing for journal publication and attending seminars on critical thinking. The goal of the national program is to get more students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering or math.

UofL is one of more than 600 REU sites.

Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.