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Press Release for Thursday, May 5, 2016

UNF Student Receives NIST Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

Matthew Morse, an undergraduate student majoring in chemistry at the University of North Florida, was selected to receive the prestigious National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship, providing him the opportunity to work at the national Material Measurement Laboratory at NIST’s Gaithersburg campus in Washington D.C.


During the 11-week summer program, Morse, a St. Augustine resident, will work side-by-side with NIST’s award-winning researchers, gaining valuable hands-on experience working with cutting-edge technology. The MML is the national reference laboratory for measurement research, standards and data in the chemical, biological and material sciences.


"Matthew worked with me on an undergraduate research project with NIST in the summer of 2015,” said Dr. Stuart Chalk, associate professor of chemistry at UNF. “The experience exposed him to all the technology needed to build websites to display chemical information and access it using chemical knowledge. His acceptance into the NIST SURF program is validation of what he gained from his research project and how valuable his skill set is to the chemical sciences."


Morse completed his undergraduate research at UNF in chemical informatics and data structuring, creating databases and designing them so chemical data could be stored and retrieved for future use, making it useful for industry or academia because the data is easier to store, apply, find or use in experiments. He would like to work in laboratory information management systems after graduation.


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