Integrated Optics Program for Native American Students

Aug. 4, 2017

UA Hosts Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans Program

TUCSON, Ariz. — The fourth year of the Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans Research Experience 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 UA 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 staff and the UA's Native American-serving entities. This summer, 12 students from across the U.S. came together and presented unique and innovative research. Over the last four years, the IOU-NA program has hosted 35 NA students from 12 different tribes and 17 different universities.​ The 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.
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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 Liue



Ameé Hennig
Education Director
Center for Integrated Access Networks
UA College of Optical Sciences

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