CIAN IOU-NA Poster Session

    Date Posted: 
    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    CIAN IOU-NA 2017 group

    The fourth year of the Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program has come to a close at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences.

    The IOU-NA program is designed for Native American students to participate in hands-on research opportunities at the University of Arizona in optics and photonics, as well as in hydrology, astronomy, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences and more. IOU-NA students participate in Native American focused workshops facilitated by the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) staff.

    This summer twelve students from across the country came together and presented unique and innovative research projects. Over the last four years the IOU-NA program has hosted 35 NA students from 12 different tribes, 17 different universities, and many were freshmen and sophomores. Thirteen students have since graduated and 11 students have gone on to pursue higher degrees of education including degrees from the University of Arizona, MIT, University of Virginia and more. Since the program has begun CIAN’s IOU-NA REU program will continue for two more years based on National Science Foundation Funding.

    This year’s students are listed below along with their project titles and mentors. To learn more, check out the CIAN website at:

    Israel Aragon 

    • Fort Lewis College 
    • Optical Diffraction Switching 
    • Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, Colton Bigler 

    Leo Bia 

    • University of Arizona 
    • The effects of increasing temperatures on photochemical smog in the Phoenix Metropolitan area during 1984 to 2016 
    • Chris Castro 

    Refreeno Harvey 

    • Fort Lewis College 
    • Research in Hydrology for Streamflow Infiltration at Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed 
    • Pieter Hazenberg 

    Antonia Jim 

    • Fort Lewis College 
    • Testing the Ability of Landscape Evolution Observatory Soil To Support Plant Growth 
    • Aditi Sengupta

    Jasmine Lopez 

    • Tohono O’odham Community College 
    • Water Quality in The Southern United States & Navajo Nation 
    • Paloma Beamer, Nathan Lothrop, Yoshi Ornelas 

    Madison McMillen 

    • University of Arkansas 
    • Navajo Gold King Mine Spill (GKMS) Exposure Project: Dietary Patterns Pre- and Post- the GKMS 
    • Paloma Beamer, Nathan Lothrop, Yoshi Ornelas 

    Natasha Manygoats 

    • University of Arizona 
    • Effects of centrifuging brine prior to membrane distillation has on the performance and fouling of the membrane 
    • Vicky Karanikola, Bob Arnold, Chris Yazzie 

    Micah Mann 

    • University of Arizona 
    • Fluorescent Anisotropy Measurements 
    • Leilei Peng, Dustin Tran, Dongli Xu

    Harrisetta Sandoval 

    • Fort Lewis College 
    • Assembling and Operating a Direct Write Photolithography System 
    • Sasaan Showghi 

    Jesse Toledo 

    • University of California, Los Angeles 
    • Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed Raindrop Size and Distribution 
    • Pieter Hazenberg 

    Leon Toledo 

    • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute 
    • Adaptations of Plants against Damage by Insects and Pathogens 
    • Betsy Arnold 

    Craig Draper 

    • University of Arizona 
    • An Optical Ising Machine Based on Multi-core Fiber Lasers 
    • Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, Lichuan Liu