SSU student receives funding for prestigious science research program

July 2, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Lianna Nina Trankina, of Wheelersburg, a senior chemistry major at Shawnee State University has been accepted into a very prestigious National Science Foundation – Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program at the University of California Irvine (UCI).

The program is highly competitive, in many cases with more than 50 students applying for a single spot.

She will be participating in cutting-edge chemistry research in one or more chemistry fields, such as chemical biology, chemical physics, computer science, molecular biology, nanoscience, pharmaceutical sciences, biochemistry, environmental, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer, surface and theoretical chemistry, among many others. Trankina’s interests are in physical and organic chemistry.

The program provides airfare, a $4,000 stipend, cultural events, social activities, faculty mentors, free on-campus housing; graduate school preparation seminars, local industry field trips, post-program support, travel allowance, and the use of the UCI library and recreational facilities.

“I’m excited and nervous,” Trankina said. “This will give me a preview of what graduate school is like. Eventually, I want to get my Ph.D.”