“Once in a lifetime” Spain summer lab for CBE students wraps up

ISU and University of Wisconsin students are all smiles, along with ISU faculty adviser Professor Stephanie Loveland, as they relax prior to returning to the U.S.

Eleven Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering have concluded their stay in Spain with the annual summer lab experience at the University of Oviedo.

The five-week undergraduate course is a cooperative endeavor between the Spanish university, Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin. Students are immersed in an intensive laboratory research program that allows ISU participants to earn seven academic credits in two chemical engineering courses, in addition to three credits with options for use. It also features things such as on-site plant visits, as well as time for sightseeing, social functions and enjoying the local culture.

Students and Oviedo officials gather at the farewell feast as the program ends.

Iowa State CBE students participating this year were Dan Bell, Abbie Bruen, Jose Maldonado-Olvera, Ian Mathur, Jenny Matz, Mia Merritt, Kendall Neuberger, Erica Peterson, Chris Rogers, Katie Sullivan, and Zhanyi Yao. The faculty leader was Professor Stephanie Loveland.

Comments from participating students included “It has pushed me more than any class I have taken and has greatly improved my knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and writing skills;” “I really enjoyed this once in a lifetime experience and very much appreciate all the work the staff puts in to make this a great experience;” and, “I really felt that all faculty were very involved and very helpful. I got thorough and constructive criticism from everyone. Professors were always willing to help with all questions.”

Preparations for next year’s Oviedo program will soon begin, and am informational meeting will be held in late September. Interested students should watch for more information at the beginning of fall semester.