Students from The Carol Mar­tin Gatton Acad­emy of Mathe­­matics and Science are beginning summer learn­ing at Western Kentucky University, around the Commonwealth and the globe.

In addition to prestigious research internships through the National Science Foundation and internships through the new public-private program, the Gatton Sponsored Internship Program, the Gatton Academy also continues with its 10th summer of the Gatton Research Internship Grant and its third year with the WKU Sisterhood Research Internship Grant. Through these latter two programs, 20 rising Gatton Academy seniors will conduct summer research. This summer also features travel and study abroad opportunities for 64 Gatton Academy students with destinations that include Argentina, Chile, China, England, Egypt, Estonia, Jordan, Moldova, Morocco, Moscow and Taiwan.

A list of grouped student summer plans appears below followed by individual student experiences.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Under­graduates

The following student has been selected for a prestigious REU paid for through the NSF:

Drew Aubry (’19) of Fort Knox will be working with Dr. John Buncher and Dr. Warren Christensen at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, spending 10 weeks analyzing a large data set of physics Concept Inventory answers from students.

Gatton Research Internship Grant Recipients

In its tenth year, the Gatton Research Internship Grant program provides support money for rising seniors to conduct summer research. Eighteen students were chosen for summer 2019. Locals students include:

Patrick O’Boyle (’20) of Eliza­bethtown will develop a smart parking system for WKU that tracks parking lot availability using computer vision. He will work with Dr. Jeffrey Galloway of WKU’s Department of Computer Science.

Now in its ninth year, The Gatton Academy is once again partnering with Harlaxton Col­lege in Grantham, England to offer a study abroad course. The following students will study Honors: Introduction to Literature with Drs. Dawn Hall and Ted Hovet of the WKU Department of English:

Catherine Appelman (’20), Amara Dan­tur­thi (’20) and Patrick O’Boyle (’20), all of Eliza­beth­town, and Christopher Nathaniel Smith (’20) of Radcliff.

Other Experiences Abroad

Amara Danturthi (’20) of Elizabethtown will travel with the Youth Ambassadors Program to Argentina and Chile; and Richard Pike (’19) of Hodgenville has a new job with the WKU IT Department.