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Undergraduate Research Program

CCHF Students


Nathan Turner

Institution: Louisana Tech University
Faculty Mentor: Christine Luscombe

Nathan is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a second-year undergraduate at Louisiana Tech University, he is studying Chemistry with a minor in Education and Communications with a concentration in Theatre. His goal is to become a chemistry teacher or researcher and work for a mission board. Nathan likes to read, play video games, and watch movies.


Gina Ouellette


Institution: Pacific University
Faculty Mentor: Christine Luscombe, Materials Science & Engineering

Gina is a rising senior at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. At her home institution she was a Teaching Assistant for chemistry classes and now works as a Resident Assistant on campus. Majoring in Chemistry, she hopes to use her knowledge of science to research development of treatments for diseases and pathogens, and her senior year research will focus on synthesizing analogues of turmeric, a root found to have many physiologically-relevant properties. While not studying, Gina dances as a member of the school’s dance ensemble, and she enjoys reading. She’s excited for the opportunities the CSURP program will provide, particularly the experience of working in a large lab. This summer she is working in a materials science lab to develop more efficient ways to make polymers and C-H activation.


Quynh Do

 Portland Community College
Faculty Mentor: Christine Luscombe, Materials Science & Engineering

Quynh moved from Vietnam to Portland, Oregon with her parents and sister two years ago. She attended Portland Community College and will be transferring to University of Washington in Fall 2015. This is Quynh’s first research experience. She is working in Dr. Luscombe Lab in which they focus on making the synthesizing process of solar cells more efficient. Quynh is now working on carbon-hydrogen activation of monomers used in polymerization for solar cells. This can potentially help to reduce the synthesizing steps of polymers from 10-15 steps to a much smaller number. As a result, producing solar panels can be more efficient, cost-effective, and more environmental friendly. Being one of the first generation in a low-income family to attend college, Quynh hopes to set a new pathway for the younger generation in her family. In her free time, Quynh likes playing video games and watching TV series such as The Walking Dead.