SREL selects eight for its 2018 undergraduate cohort

Front row, left to right, Laura Stabler-Tindal, Kaiya Cain, Heaven Tharp, Fredericka Tucker, and Sierra Britt. Back row, Christian Moreno Gomez, Ryne Maness, visiting student Kristopher Weekes, and Trevaris Brown.


Aiken, S.C. – Eight students recently joined the long list of undergraduates to receive advanced hands-on training at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory on the  Savannah River Site.

The students are engaged in a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation. SREL’s program offers undergraduates a unique opportunity to study radioecology, studying the fate, transport and effects of radioactive elements in the environment.

The summer program includes intense training in protocols for working in radiological sites, lab experience and developing a research project. The students receive guidance from a faculty or research staff mentor. They will present their research findings at a national conference at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

SREL’s 2018 undergraduate REU students are:

Trevaris Brown, Allen University; Kaiya Cain, Sierra Britt, and Christian Moreno, University of South Carolina Beaufort; Ryne Maness, Presbyterian College; Laura Stabler-Tindal, University of South Carolina Aiken; Heaven Tharp, University of Hawaii Hilo; and Fredericka Tucker, Florida A&M University.

SREL is also hosting Kristopher Weekes, a student visiting from Fort Valley University’s REU program.

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Contact: Vicky L. Sutton-Jackson, 803-725-2752,