Summer HS Internship Program (SHIP) 2014

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.

Symposium Pictures

Students showcased their projects at the SSU STEM Summer Internship Program Research Symposium on September 10, 2014. See the event photos.

Project List

The Summer 2014 awardees and their respective schools, projects and faculty mentors are as follows.

Student + High School Faculty Mentor(s) Project Title
Royal Duyndam
Analy High School
Dr. Lynn Cominsky
Department of Physics and Astronomy; SSU E/PO Group

Dr. Kevin McLin
SSU E/PO Group
Monitoring Active Galaxies with the GLAST Optical Robotic Telescope
Henry Steiner
Casa Grande High School
Dr. Scott Severson
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Astronomical Adaptive Optics
Natalie Gilmore
Petaluma High School
Dr. Michael Cohen
Department of Biology
The Root-Drop Stress Response
Kayla Frank
Maria Carrillo High School

Maria Ruiz
Cloverdale High School
Dr. Jennifer Whiles Lillig
Department of Chemistry
Characterization of the Key Molecular Features Involved in the Anti-microbial Activity of Bacteriocins
Portia England
Montgomery High School
Dr. Mark Perri
Department of Chemistry
Quantification of Blood using a Custom Chemiluminescence Detector
David Luo
Technology High School
Dr. B. Ravikumar
Departments of Computer Science and Engineering Science
EEG Signal Analysis to Detect Cognitive Stimuli
Alexander Katz
Orchard View School
Dr. Suzanne Rivoire
Department of Computer Science
Optimizing the Power Consumption of Supercomputing Applications
Jorge Solorio
Healdsburg High School
Dr. Farid Farahmand
Department of Engineering Science
Hack Your Old Toys and Turn Them into High-Tech Games!
Mikaela Rowe
Windsor High School
Dr. Ali Kujoory
Department of Engineering Science
Build a System that Can Transfer Electrical Power without Wire
Priscilla Ng
Casa Grande High School

Daniel Rondon
Montgomery High School

Curtis Shinn
Technology High School
Dr. Bülent Sökmen
Department of Kinesiology
The Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate Ingestion on Endurance Rock Climbing Performance in Male and Female Climbers
Cristian Sharp
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Jeremy Qualls
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Passive Air Flow Designs
Sandeep Tiwari
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Hongtao Shi
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Preparation and Characterization of Nanometer-scale Honeycomb Structure

Questions? Contact: Cory Oates ( or 707-664-2171) or Dr. Suzanne Rivoire ( or 707-664-3337).