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Meet the EUREKA! 2018 Counselors

2018 E! Counselors

Anna Hardymon | Chemical Engineering|

Anna Hardymon - head counselor

Hi everyone! My name is Anna Hardymon and I am the head counselor and a rising sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in International Engineering and Science from Fort Mill, SC. I am so excited to be back at EUREKA! as one of your counselors this year! Last summer I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Rachel Getman studying the Effect of Water Level on Hydrogen Bond Dynamics in Aqueous Phase Heterogeneous Catalysis, and I am very excited to continue my research this summer!

Participating in EUREKA! 2017 was easily one of the best decisions I have made in college. I made 35 amazing new friends throughout the program while going whitewater rafting, hanging out at Carowinds, exploring Greenville and Atlanta, and attempting to stand up paddle board at Y Beach. EUREKA! was extremely beneficial to me as I began college as well. The research I was able to do solidified by choice of major and the experience I had reaffirmed my choice to come to Clemson. I also learned my way around campus (which, trust me, is not an easy task as I have absolutely no sense of direction), what to order at restaurants downtown (tacos at Loose Change- again, trust me), and had an extremely supportive and close group of friends to start the year with who are still some of my best friends now. EUREKA! is an incredible program that will continue to benefit me throughout my college experience and beyond and I am so excited to meet all the 2018 participants! Go tigers!

Martyn Lemon | Electrical Engineering |

Martyn Lemon counselor

Hey everyone! My name is Martyn Lemon and I am a rising sophomore from Mount Pleasant, SC majoring in Electrical Engineering with minors in music and physics. Last summer I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Srikanth Pilla at CU-ICAR on the Evolution of Materials in Automotive Design, and am currently continuing this project as a Creative Inquiry. This project sparked my curiosity in materials science, and has continued to drive me to learn more than I ever thought I would about chemistry and industry. I cannot express how ecstatic I am to be one of your counselors this year!

 EUREKA! 2017 was easily the best summer I’ve ever had. I would encourage anyone with indecision to apply. Trust me when I say you will not regret it! The lab experience possible through EUREKA! is definitely something unique for incoming freshman, and has helped me tremendously moving forward with my intellectual confidence, faculty connections, and overall professional life.  Aside from all the great things about research at EUREKA!, it definitely helped me transition into college life more than I could have ever anticipated. I will never forget finding home at Clemson with 35 of my best friends. This program was more fun in five weeks than I could have possibly had in an entire summer. EUREKA! is filled with moments and experiences that are continuously shaping my future. If you have any questions or concerns about anything involving EUREKA!, please contact me! I can’t wait to meet everyone and help make EUREKA! 2018 the best year yet! Go Tigers!

Emily Miller | Chemical Engineering |

Emily Martin

Hey everyone!  My name is Emily Miller and I have the privilege of being one of your counselors this summer! I am a rising sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering with a focus on Environmental Engineering and a minor in Spanish from North Augusta, South Carolina (which is right by Augusta, Georgia- woo hoo golf!).  I LOVE fine arts and I enjoy painting, dancing, and acting along with spending time in the great outdoors.  Last summer, I researched within the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department under Dr. Kitchens.  My project dealt with discovering stability enhancing additives that can be used in Magnesium Oxychloride based cements to reduce deterioration in the presence of water.  I have continued my research throughout the school year in hopes to find a solution to improve this material and provide a more eco-friendly fireboard. I cannot wait to get back in the lab this summer!

 Participating in EUREKA! was the best decision I have ever made.  I’m not going to lie, I was on the edge about applying, but I am so thankful that I chose to spend my summer meeting my best friends, researching a topic that I enjoy, and exploring my future home. EUREKA! allowed me to adjust to college without daunting classes and homework hanging over my head.  My first semester was so much easier and more fun because I already felt at home on campus and had a network of friends to hang out with. In addition, EUREKA! introduced me to research-something I did not originally think I would enjoy. Turns out, innovating and creating new methods to improve the world (whether that be in science or humanities) is incredibly rewarding! Plus, the program was filled with fun activities like toga trivia, whitewater rafting, and weekend trips to Atlanta, Greenville, and Carowinds; all which provided adventures outside of the lab.  If you have any questions/concerns about the program (or anything else) feel free to email me! I understand that it can be hard to decide how to spend 5 weeks of your summer, but I guarantee you will not regret spending them at EUREKA!  I cannot wait to meet all of you! GO TIGERS!

Meet a EUREKA! Faculty Mentor

Dr. Srikanth Pilla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Automotive Engineering at CU-ICAR (Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research). His research focuses on fundamental understanding of the synthesis-processing-structure-property relationships in polymers, biopolymers, polymer derived ceramics, multifunctional composites, nanocomposites, thermoelectric materials, microcellular foams and LCA modeling and analysis. The title of his EUREKA! research project “Sustainable Composites for Lightweighting Automotive Structures” allows students to explore unique fiber architectures, novel renewable matrices and synthesis/manufacturing techniques for use in automotive interiors, exteriors and load-bearing structural applications. For the past two summers Dr. Pilla has worked with EUREKA! students who share his research interests and common desire to make notable contributions to the automotive industry.

Dr. Pilla’s EURKEA! experience
Since joining CU-ICAR in August 2013 Pilla continues to enhance the minds of his students while also showcasing their accomplishments after only a short time under his mentorship. In summer 2014 Pilla worked with incoming Honors freshman Kelly Krumm on a research project titled “Next Generation Sustainable Biocomposites for Automotive Applications.” Krumm won Best Poster award (first prize) in the undergraduate category at the 2014 Society of Plastics Engineers - Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition. Pilla emphasizes the importance of performing rewarding research but also having research rewarded at industry conferences. Krumm wasn’t the only contributor at this conference; his graduate students also received honors. Pilla continued his research in summer 2015 with two additional EUREKA! students. For him, the EUREKA! program is an opportunity to mentor some of the best minds that come to Clemson University. “Being a graduate (only) department, we have minimal opportunities to work with undergraduates but thanks to EUREKA! the doors have opened for access to these wonderful students, who might be our future recruits for graduate study,” says Pilla.   

What Dr. Pilla has to say about the Honors College and EUREKA!
“The Honors College is providing a wonderful platform for incoming students with unique opportunities such as EUREKA! I commend their efforts and encourage continuing to do more to sustain the relationship, experience and scholarship, which will eventually benefit these students to pursue STEM graduate careers.”