Wilkes University


Wilkes Senior Accepted into Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Internship

Wilkes University senior Justin Hunter, from Dupont, Pa., will complete a summer internship at Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. This paid, three-month internship will allow him to work with one of the researchers on a specific project to be determined. Hunter receives his bachelor of science degree in biology on May 21. 

Justin Hunter in Wilkes U Laboratory.The name SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory pays homage to the legacy of the lab and its connection to Stanford University and the Department of Energy (DOE). Formerly Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the lab's name was changed in 2008 as SLAC underwent a shift from a focus on particle physics to a broader, multi-program laboratory with research across a range of areas including X-ray science, chemistry, materials sciences, astrophysics and many others.

Hunter plans to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in infectious disease and parasitology in the fall. He says that Wilkes faculty have played a role in his success, citing the guidance he received from Debra Chapman and  from William Biggers, associate professor of biology, who served as his research advisor. He is also grateful to Wilkes biology professors Michael Steele and Kenneth Pidcock for their mentoring.