Ryan's research journey began the first semester of his sophomore year. After completing a lab, his general Chemistry professor saw potential in Ryan and invited him to participate in a research project outside of the classroom. Ryan was quick to accept this opportunity because becoming a scientific researcher was something he has always aspired to do. The following semester, Ryan continued to work with Dr. Steven Fiedler at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts on a research project titled “The Permeation of Nanoparticles Through a Lipid Bilayer"
Dr. Fiedler recognized Ryan’s passion for conducting scientific research so he recommended he apply for Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs. Ryan began his search for an REU on Google and the Kansas opportunity “just caught his eye.” Ryan applied for five different opportunities across the United States, but Kansas was the first to make him an offer, "so naturally he accepted."
|Dr. Elles and his Summer REU Team; Ryan conducting his research|
As for his future, Ryan plans to continue his research with his mentor, Dr. Fiedler, possibly pursue another REU next summer involving either Chemistry or Math and eventually become a lab technician or mathematician. As for graduate school, Ryan said he "isn't all that interested right now," but he has plenty of time to reconsider its prospects.