NEWBERRY — For some, traveling abroad has always been a dream, but for Newberry College student Kaleigh Margita, that dream will soon be her reality.
A junior at Newberry College, Margita spent last summer involved in a 10-week program at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., with the National Nano-Technology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). While in the program, Margita worked on a project entitled “Monitoring and Imaging Hypoxic Cells and Tissues Using Perfluorinated Near Infrared Fluorescent Micelles.” Approximately 90 students were chosen for the program.
This past November, Margita took a brave leap and applied for an international research experience for undergraduates. Some of the locations applicants were applying for research included France, Japan, the Netherlands, and Germany. Out of the many applicants who applied, a ratio of one out of every seven were chosen to participate.
Recently Margita was informed that she will be working at The Centre Microelectronique de Provence, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint Etienne in France.
“I’m pretty excited about getting the opportunity to work with scientists around the world,” she said.
Similar to the program Margita was a part of in St. Louis, the research study in France will be a 10-week program beginning May 16. She will be staying at the University and doing general research in the area of biosensors.
During the last week of the program in August, Margita will attend a convention where she will present her research to various people from the National Nano-Technology Infrastructure Network, as well as to the other students involved in the undergraduate research program.
Margita is a chemistry major with a biochemistry concentration at Newberry College, and is also fulfilling a minor in Spanish.