Summer HS Internship Program (SHIP) 2011

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 2011 SSU STEM Summer Internship Program Research Symposium. See the event photos.

Project List

The Summer 2011 awardees and their schools, respective projects and faculty mentors are as follows:

Student + High School Faculty Mentor Project Title
Austin Mun
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Steve Farmer
Department of Chemistry
Isolation of Fluorescent Molecules from Natural Sources
Connor Rutten
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Ali Kujoory
Department of Engineering Science
Solar Power System Design
Katie Azcárraga
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Karina Nielsen
Department of Biology
Burrowing Rates of Beach Hoppers (Megalorchestia californiana): Does sand grain size influence their distribution?
Forrest Lipske
El Molino High School
Dr. Suzanne Rivoire
Department of Computer Science
Modeling the Power Consumption of Computers with Graphics Processing Units (GPUs)
Dillon Jackson, Analy High School
Anna Aaronson, Sonoma Academy
Adrian Chan, Pathways Charter High School
Dr. Lynn Cominsky, NASA E/PO
Dr. Kevin McLin, NASA E/PO
Monitoring Active Galaxies with the GLAST Optical Robotic Telescope
Dominic Nicholson
Windsor High School
Dr. Lynn Cominsky, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Kevin John, NASA E/PO
Flash Development for Online Cosmology Curriculum
Kelly Jackson
Petaluma High School
Farid Farahmand
Department of Engineering Science
Water Quality Measurement Design
Sarah Stinson
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Mark Perri
Department of Chemistry
Measurements of Local Atmospheric Pollutants
Caleb Foote
Santa Rosa High School
Dr. Hongtao Shi
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Electric Current Induced Light Emission from a Zinc Oxide p-n Junction
Akash Desai, Maria Carrillo High School
Cheyenne Rahimi, Analy High School
Dr. Saeid Rahimi, Department of Engineering Science
Dr. Lynn Stauffer, Dean of School of Science and Technology
Computer-Controlled Solar Tracker
Cara Sloth
Petaluma High School
Dr. Anita Catlin
Department of Nursing
Qualitative Research Study on Multiple Fetuses in Pregnancy
Michelle Liang
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Jennifer Lillig
Department of Chemistry
Characterization of the Key Molecular Features Involved in the Anti-Microbial Activity of Bacteriocins