Nicholls chemistry student heads to Colorado to participate in research project

Cyrus Picou (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — A Nicholls State University chemistry student is receiving a $5,000 stipend to participate in a Research Experiences for Undergraduates project this summer in Colorado.

Cyrus Picou, a junior from Montegut, Louisiana, will be part of a project researching the structure and dynamics of molecules in the condensed phase at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Picou also participated in an REU project last year and came back to Nicholls ready to become a physical chemist.

“We encourage Nicholls students to participate in REUs because they get to work with some of the best scientists in the world,” said Chad Young, associate professor of physical sciences. “And for Nicholls, these programs learn that the Department of Physical Sciences has the best students.”

Picou said the project will give him a hands-on experience in a specialized field of chemistry and also allow him to learn from graduate students. Picou said Nicholls has also helped prepare him for graduate school, and he has enjoyed the personal connections he has been able to make.

“The chemistry classes are especially fun because most of the class started together as freshman,” Picou said. “This also means our teachers know us enough to joke around with us.”


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