Summer HS Internship Program (SHIP) 2009

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 the $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.


See pictures from the spring kickoff reception and from the fall research symposium.

Project List

The Summer 2009 awardees and their schools, respective projects and faculty mentors are as follows:

Student + High School Faculty Mentor Project Title
Tiffany Daud
Petaluma High School
Dr. Anita Catlin
Department of Nursing
How to Determine the Need for End of Life Care: Nurses and Doctors Speak
Faith Deis
El Molino High School
Dr. Michael Cohen
Department of Biology
Biomass to Biogas
Cagsar Apaydin
Petaluma High School

Kjellen Belcher
Santa Rosa High School
Dr. Kevin McLin
GORT Director

Dr. Lynn Cominsky
Director of the E/PO group
Monitoring Active Galaxies with the GLAST Optical Robotic Telescope
Riley Yaylian
Orchard View Charter School
Dr. Sazia Eliza
Department of Engineering Science
Intensity Control of a Light Bulb
Eric Lu
Rancho Cotate High School
Dr. Mohammad Haider
Department of Engineering Science
Sensor Signal Processing and Telemetry
Jared Carr
Montgomery High School
Dr. Izabela Kanaana
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Graph Theory and its Real-World Applications
Katie Schmidt
Healdsburg High School
Dr. Ali Kujoory
Department of Engineering Science
Design and Build A Pedometer
Isabel Love
Santa Rosa High School
Dr. Jeremy Qualls
Department of Physics and Astronomy
An Investigation of Magnetocaloric Materials Towards Refrigeration
Taylor Lee
Petaluma High School
Dr. Suzanne Rivoire
Department of Computer Science
Open-Source Software for Modeling Computer Power Consumption
Weston Stauffer
Petaluma High School
Dr. Hongtao Shi
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Magnetic Semiconductors
Sophia Grubb
Rancho Cotate High School
Dr. Meng-Chih Su
Department of Chemistry
Investigation of Surface Bound Proteins