Summer HS Internship Program (SHIP) 2010

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.


Students showcased their research projects at the 2010 SSU STEM Summer Internship Program Research Symposium on September 2, 2010. See the event photos.

Project List

The Summer 2010 awardees and their schools, respective projects and faculty mentors are as follows:

Student + High School Faculty Mentor Project Title
Hollister Nadeau
Petaluma High School
Dr. Steve Farmer
Department of Chemistry
Isolation of Fluorescent Molecules from Natural Sources
Matthew Nersesian
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Jennifer Whiles Lillig
Department of Chemistry
Characterization of the Key Molecular Features involved in the Anti-microbial Activity of Bacteriocins
Deva Borthwick
Pathways Charter High School
Dr. Mark Perri
Department of Chemistry
Atmospheric Chemistry
Souad Hamade
Rancho Cotate High School
Dr. Anita Catlin
Department of Nursing
Patients with Co-Morbidities of Physical Health Problems with Mental Health Problems
Andrew Cornelis
El Molino High School
Dr. Nathan Rank
Department of Biology
Variation Among Isolates of the Pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death
Adam Farmer
Healdsburg High School
Dr. Hongtao Shi
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Laser-induced Light Emission from Semiconductors
Kelsey Loupy and Kaeleigh Reynolds
Healdsburg High School
Dr. Lynn Cominsky
Director of the E/PO group
and Dr. Kevin McLin
GORT Director
Monitoring Active Galaxies with the GLAST Optical Robotic Telescope
Troy Gaub
Petaluma High School
Dr. Farid Farahmand
Department of Engineering Science
Programming Your Roomba
Wilhelmena Figueiredo
Casa Grande High School
Dr. Mohammad Haider
Department of Engineering Science
Design of a Stepper Motor Controller for Mobile Robot Applications
Nelson Brock
El Molino High School
Dr. Sazia Eliza
Department of Engineering Science
Design of Energy Supply Monitoring Unit for Uninterrupted Mobile Automated Systems
Yiyang (Linda) Bai
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Ali Kujoory
Department of Engineering Science
Digital Alarm Clock