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UTEP engineering students admitted to prestigious summer program

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UTEP engineering students Daniel Torres, Juan Garcia, Oscar Lopez and Guillermo Vargas have been selected for the prestigious Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee and Gainesville, Florida.

UTEP students make up 25% of this year's selection, which includes students from Brown, MIT and Princeton. This selective summer internship program matches 20 qualified undergraduate students with scientists and researchers at the Magnet Lab's three sites in Tallahassee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Gainesville, Florida. The eight-week research experience offers unique opportunities to explore science at the extremes of magnetic field, pressure and temperature. Students explore contemporary science and engineering issues, working alongside some of the finest scientists, magnet designers and engineers in the world. (To give you an idea, a car-lifting junkyard magnet functions at 2 Tesla. Our largest in Tallahassee reaches 45 Tesla.)

“The research conducted is sophisticated, and as we select students, we look for creative thinking and a pattern of high performance,” said Center for Integrating Research and Learning Director Pat Dixon, who supervises the program.

Each student accepted by the National Science Foundation-funded program receives a stipend, classroom materials and, if necessary, travel support and housing.

The Magnet Lab’s three branches offer a wide range of science, math, engineering and interdisciplinary experiences in physics, chemistry, biology, geochemistry, materials and magnet science, and engineering. REU participants, working closely with their faculty mentors, are thoroughly integrated into research and development activities. Students broaden their knowledge of the diverse research by attending weekly seminars.

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory – recently hailed by the NSF as “truly a jewel in the crown of U.S. science” – develops and operates state-of-the-art, high-magnetic-field facilities that faculty and visiting scientists and engineers use for research. For more information about Research Experience for Undergraduates and the Magnet Lab, visit

– Kimberly Miller

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