Summer 2008 High School STEM Internships
The School of Science and Technology (SST) at SSU in partnership with Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) has created a summer research internship program for Sonoma County high school juniors under the mentorship of SST faculty to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among high school students. The most talented and interested students from Sonoma County high schools are selected competitively. In addition to $1000.00 stipend, these students are given opportunities to work on challenging projects, become familiar with excellent state-of-the art research and development facilities, university education environment and interact with the faculty as well as our students. These students then act as our ambassadors to relay the highlights of the School of Science and Technology to their classmates and friends, counselors, teachers, and principals during their senior year.
The Summer 2008 awardees and their schools, respective projects and faculty mentors are as follows:
|Student Name||High School||Project||Faculty Mentor|
|Paul Calley||Analy||Designing interesting materials and sensors for high magnetic fields||Jeremy Qualls, Assistant Professor of Physics|
|Deanna Gelosi||Analy||Development of an astronomical observatory at Galbreath Wildlands Preserve||Scott Severson, Assistant Professor of Physics|
|Cory Horton||Montgomery||Design and Build of an AM Transmitter||Ali Kujoory, Adjunct Professor of Engineering Science|
|Trevor Jordan||Windsor||Collecting and Genetic Analysis of California Giant Salamanders||Derek Girman, Associate Professor of Biology|
|Rebecca Krauthamer||Maria Carrillo||Studying the behavior and metabolism of elephant seals||Dan Crocker, Associate Professor of Biology|
|Yiren Lu||Maria Carrillo||Characterization of the key molecular features involved in the anti-microbial activity of bacteriocins||Jennifer Lillig, Assistant Professor of Chemistry|
|Yuji Matsumoto||Analy||The mathematics of coloring adjacent vertices in a graph or The statistics of surveys||Cora Neal, Assistant Professor of Mathematics|
|Neema Rahimi||Analy||Development of a pen-interface for computers||Bala Ravikumar, Professor of Computer Science|
|Rowan Schulz||Analy||Creation and analysis of nanoscale materials with interesting properties||Hongtao Shi, Assistant Professor of Physics|
|Abe Smith||Tech High||Design and implementation of a continously changing alpha-numeric display||Jagan Agrawal, Professor of Engineering Science|
|Alex Taylor||Healdsburg||Isolation of a fluorescent molecule from Naematoloma Fasciculare||Steve Farmer, Assistant Professor of Chemistry|
On May 6, 2008, student interns and their parents met SSU faculty mentors, Ruben Arminana (SSU President), Carl Wong (Sonoma County School Distric Superintendent), and Saeid Rahimi (School of Science & Technology Dean). Here are some photos of the event.