GWU Undergrad Lands Prestigious Research Position

A senior chemistry major at Gardner-Webb will spend his summer in France as part of a selective program for undergraduate college students.

Tyler Hemingway of Cape Coral, Fla., departs for Lyon, France, on May 22 and will spend two months with international researchers at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon. He will be evaluating various nonporous catalytic materials to test their ability to capture organic compounds and degrade pollutants. The opportunity is part of the National Science Foundation’s International Research Experiences for Students program, in partnership with the University of New Orleans.

Hemingway credits his GWU professors for making him aware of the available research position. “I value the easy access that I have to my professors and their willingness to help me in any way they are able,” he reflected. “At a large state school with 200-plus people in a class, a student would not have as many opportunities to talk to their professors and ask them questions.

Here at GWU, the professors know our names and make time for us in a very relevant way. The student-professor relationship is what I value most at Gardner-Webb.”

Hemingway hopes to pursue graduate school and believes more research may be in his future. “In five years, I see myself working on my doctorate and doing research in lab,” he stated. “But mostly, I see myself growing professionally, educationally, and personally as I navigate the many areas of scientific research.”

To learn more about opportunities available through the GWU Department of Natural Sciences, click here.