STEM Symposium Interns Further Research, Expand Career Pathsby on Sep 8, 2017
A growing group of STEM students at Gavilan College participated in the 12-week internship program during the summer of 2017 and gathered to present their results the end of August.
Students presented a total of 24 separate projects ranging in scope from genomics and cybersecurity to molecular biology, organic battery polymer development and 3-D printed teaching tools. Some students collaborated one-on-one with their mentors at area universities, and others worked as a teams to pursue their experiments.
Internship recruitment started early, as Gavilan math and science instructors encouraged students to apply for the intensive summer program. In early spring SJSU Professor Cleber Ouverney and Gavilan grad Tiana Louis spoke to a packed lab of STEM students about the various programs. Applicants submitted 500-word essays outlining their career goals, transcripts and letters of recommendation during the rigorous application process.
During the summer, students worked with mentors at partnering universities, deepening knowledge in their chosen fields and furthering the scientific research.
Francisco Gomez detailed his research to Hope Jukl, Gavilan math instructor and
STEM Activities Director for the past nine years. After successfully building the program
and with the recent award of Gavilan's third, five-year STEM grant, Jukl will retire.
Mathew Schreiber, Jose Lotenzo, Diane Cazola and Anthony Rodriguez researched
water conservation using drought tolerant plants at three different locations on
the Gavilan College campus, including the newly installed native meadow. Schreiber
worked as researcher and mentor on three other projects as well.
Omar Lopez worked with SJSU Astrophysics Professor Thomas Madura to develop 3-D printed
models designed to aid astronomy instruction for blind and visually impaired students.
Marisol Arredondo described the cybersecurity research she conducted at SJSU to Gavilan
College math instructor Marla Dresch, the incoming STEM III Activities Director. In addition
to working as a STEM intern, Arredondo was a key coordinator of the regional Cyberpatriot
Camp the college hosted in July for area middle and high school students.
STEM summer interns share a smile after their presentations. They are joined by Gavilan
College Trustee Walt Glines (second from left), Dr. Kathleen Rose, Superintendent/President,
mentors from partnering universities, Dean Fran Lozano, retiring STEM Activities Director Hope
Jukl, and two future scientists in front.