Summer HS Internship Program (SHIP) 2008

General Information

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.

On May 6, 2008, student interns and their parents met SSU faculty mentors, Ruben Armiñana (SSU President), Carl Wong (Sonoma County School District Superintendent), and Saeid Rahimi (School of Science & Technology Dean). Here are some photos of the event:

Intern Meeting Darwin Hall 1 Intern Meeting Darwin Hall 2 Intern Meeting Darwin Hall 3 Intern Meeting Darwin Hall 4 Intern Meeting Darwin Hall 5 Intern Meeting Darwin Hall 6

Project List

The Summer 2008 awardees and their respective schools, projects and faculty mentors are as follows:

Internship Program Projects 2008
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 fromĀ Naematoloma Fasciculare Steve Farmer, Assistant Professor of Chemistry