During summer 2017, the University of Delaware offers Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Undergraduate research student Hansel Montalvo-Castro was selected after a competitive application process to be part of the CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND MATERIALS SCIENCE RESEARCH IN INTERFACING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND MATERIALS PROGRAM. Going through 10-weeks stay on UDel campus, Montalvo-Castro will be conducting research on thermophotovoltaic metamaterials as part of Ph.D. Stephanie Law’s research group. Among the tasks Montalvo-Castro is expected to fulfill are the use of computational methods to study optical properties of the metamaterials, and to collaborate in the construction of these materials on Campus facilities.
Hansel Montalvo-Castro was also accepted to the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program at UPRM. MARC is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS) and is designed to identify undergraduate honor students with the potential of pursuing a Ph.D. degree on biomedical related careers. The MARC program develops Junior and Senior trainees to become competitive candidates for Graduate School, encouraging progressive biomedical research among students from Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Biotechnology, Microbiology, and Chemical Engineering departments.