Summer HS Internship Program (SHIP)

The Summer High School STEM Internship Program (SHIP) is a partnership between the School of Science and Technology (SST) at Sonoma State University and the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE).

Since 2008, this program has matched top Sonoma County high school juniors with faculty mentors at SSU to collaborate on research projects in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition to $1,000 stipends, students are given opportunities to work on challenging research projects in state-of-the-art facilities and interact with faculty and SSU students in the university environment. These students then act as ambassadors to relay the highlights of their work to their classmates, friends, counselors, teachers, and principals during their senior years.

2016 Project List

The Summer 2016 awardees and their respective schools, projects and faculty mentors are as follows. Official SHIP interns are marked with an asterisk; all other students were volunteers.

Student + High School Faculty Mentor(s) Project Title
Lily Leveque-Eichhorn*
Orchard View School
Dr. Mackenzie Zippay
Department of Biology
Gradients in Metabolic Performance Across a Dynamic Intertidal Zone
Adam Dvorak*
Maria Carrillo High School

Isabel Katz*
Analy High School
Dr. Monica Lares
Department of Chemistry
Cell Surface Receptor (BAFF-R) and the Molecule (RNA Aptamer) that Specifically Binds it in Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Nicolas Carballal*
Casa Grande High School

Salem Ali
Casa Grande High School
Dr. Mark Perri
Department of Chemistry
Designing a 3D Printable Spectrometer
Christopher Calloway*
Santa Rosa High School
Dr. Gurman Gill
Department of Computer Science
Using Machine Learning Techniques for Classification of Larvae in Digital Images
Ella Mahood*
Montgomery High School
Prof. Derek Decker
Department of Engineering Science
High-speed, High Spatial Resolution Photochemistry Using 2D Laser Scanning
Isabel Nuñez*
Healdsburg High School

Yuna Lee
Montgomery High School

Cassandra Tai
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Daniel Soto
Department of Environmental Studies and Planning
Estimation of Rural Electricity Demand
Maritza Perez*
Piner High School

Noelle Terrero*
El Molino High School
Dr. Bülent Sökmen
Department of Kinesiology
The Effects of Varying Dosage of Caffeine Intake on Free Throw Accuracy Before and After Exhaustive Intermittent Exercise
Noor Lamba*
Maria Carrillo High School

Jamie Park*
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Deborah Roberts
Department of Nursing
Quality Improvement for Healthcare of the Uninsured of Sonoma County
Brendan Quinlan*
Orchard View School

Kenneth Shinn*
Technology High School
Dr. Lynn Cominsky
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Rocketry Experimentation and Investigations
Jordan Santia*
Petaluma High School

Nan Yoo*
Windsor High School
Dr. Jeremy Qualls
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Optimization of Surface Condensation through Interfacial Design
Varun Ramakrishnan*
Maria Carrillo High School
Dr. Hongtao Shi
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Nanodiamond Powders and Possible Applications

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