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Meet PEI and Grand Challenges Past Interns: 2012

Sustainability

Prakhar Agarwal, 2014

Prakhar Agarwal, 2014
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
The Peru team of the Princeton University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is working on building a potable water system in the community of La Pitajaya, Peru. This involves building a number of parts including a reservoir, spring box, piping system and tapstands. This summer, we completed phase one of this system implementation. We physically labored alongside the community, digging trenches for the piping and pouring concrete. read more >>


Balachandran Devika

Devika Balachandran, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I spent my summer researching the evolution and performance of domestic voluntary carbon markets and examining the regulatory framework of California’s Cap-and-Trade program. I worked with members of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, which is currently in the process of creating wetlands to sell as carbon offsets because of their biosequestration properties. read more >>



Joshua Bocarsly, 2015
Undeclared
The organic molecules dissolved in ocean water shape and regulate the quantity and quality of light available to organisms beneath the ocean surface. In coastal waters, most of this chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) can be easily traced to nearby rivers. In contrast, the source, nature, fate, and composition of open ocean CDOM are largely unknown. read more >>



Nicole Businelli, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)-Princeton Peru travelled to Samne this summer with the goal of constructing the first phase of a potable water system for the settlement of La Pitajaya. Our group assisted in coordinating meetings with the water committee, digging trenches for the piping network, purchasing materials, arranging transportation... read more >>



David Byler, 2014
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
My project was titled “Predicting Fishery Collapses from Environmental Variability.” The challenge posed by this internship was to use data on environmental variability to predict when fish populations will experience large, sudden declines, how large those declines will be and other aspects of fishery collapse. more read >>


Gavin Cook, 2015

Gavin Cook, 2015
East Asian Studies
My goal as an intern this summer was to research and write papers on two issues to help the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) find funding for two major projects. The first project was the Dumping Dirty Diesels campaign, aimed at improving the quality of diesel around the world, and the second was an incipient project aimed at reducing the use of fluorinated gases. read more >>



Theodore Eyster, 2013
Civil and Environmental Engineering
This summer I worked on two distinct yet related projects that dealt with surface water around the greater Princeton area. The first project was working with The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association to look at Peddie Lake in Hightstown, NJ. The lake is host to an annual triathlon, and summer swims. read more >>



Jeanette Ferrara, 2015
Computer Science (AB)
I spent this past summer at Princeton University’s Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences conducting research on the possible effects of environmental and climate oscillations on the downriver migration of salmon smolts to the ocean on the Pacific Coast of North America. I read a copious number of scientific papers and journal articles pertaining to salmon, and studies concerning fluctuations in their migration patterns read more >>



Kimberly Freid, 2014
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
The Osa Peninsula on the southern pacific coast of Costa Rica is home to nearly 3% of the world's biodiversity, but the land its species occupies is highly variable, consisting of preserved national park area, commercial and agricultural areas, and privately owned land. Essential to forming a conservation strategy for the peninsula is an understanding of how the existing biodiversity uses land. read more >>



Clare Gallagher, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Through my internship, I was able to conduct 10 weeks of lab and field research in Bermuda and two weeks of lab work at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The goal was to experience the world of marine research and ultimately, to execute an experiment worthy of being published. I became "science" SCUBA certified and was therefore able to dive to collect and return adult corals for my lab experiment on ocean acidification. read more >>


Sarah Germain, 2013

Sarah Germain, 2013
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
This summer I spent one month in the town of Samne, Peru. Along with six other Princeton undergraduate and graduate students and a professional engineer mentor, we implemented phase one of a gravity-fed water distribution system in the settlement of La Pitajaya, Peru. read more >>



Alexandra Green, 2013
Environmental Engineering
This summer I spent two months working for RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests at their Country Program Office in Hanoi, Vietnam (VCPO). RECOFTC, an international nongovernment organization (NGO) based in Bangkok, Thailand, works to increase the capacity of people living in and around forest regions by promoting community forestry practices... read more >>



Christina Healy, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I spent this past summer doing research at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in Princeton, New Jersey. I worked closely with faculty attempting to model a marine ecosystem off the coast of Alaska. In short, my project concerned quantifying predator-prey interactions with respect to physical body size. read more >>



Cynthia Kanno, 2013
Geosciences
As an intern with the Agricultural Sustainability group of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), I focused on promoting wetland restoration as well as various cropfield and downstream land-use practices in the Mississippi River basin to help mitigate fertilizer runoff, improve water quality, and decrease the span of the hypoxic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. read more >>


Brett Leibowitz, 2013

Brett Leibowitz, 2013
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
This past summer, I worked with the Environmental Defense Funds' Oceans Research and Development Team where I helped create mathematical and statistical models that simulate fisheries. These models concentrated on estimating the effects of fishing different species based on either their age or spatial location (e.g. fishing only adults or only juveniles).  read more >>



Emily Moder, 2013
Civil/Environmental Engineering
As part of a continuing five-year partnership with the community of Samne, Peru, a representative team of students from Princeton's Engineers Without Borders chapter traveled this summer with the goal of implementing Phase I of a potable water project for the community. While central Samne has clean running water, the settlement of La Pitajaya, 40 minutes outside town, takes its water from an open stream flowing from the polluted Moche River.  read more >>



Kojo Quaye, 2014
Chemical and Biological Engineering
I interned with Princeton Dining Services on the Food Metric Analysis and Food Miles Carbon Project. One of the main projects was updating the food metric which details the sustainable food purchases made throughout the 2011-2012 school year. read more >>



Alan Southworth, 2014
Geosciences
During my time as a fellow with The Food Project, I took an active role in combating global food system issues on a local level. Consistent with this idea, I had diverse tasks including: interacting with and leading youth in fieldwork and harvest, directly donating fresh produce to hunger relief organizations, cooking with interns to prepare for “Veggie of the Week” contests, running a weekly farmer’s market stand... read more >>


Amy Tourgee, 2014

Amy Tourgee, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This past summer, I was an intern on the Land, Water, Wildlife team at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Washington, D.C. EDF works to conserve ecosystems by preserving land, protecting wildlife and restoring rivers and wetlands. Specifically, I worked with my adviser on a climate change vulnerability assessment of vertebrates in the corn belt states. read more >>



Sophie Tyack, 2013
Classics
I worked with Princeton University and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association to help design a program (dubbed the Harry's Brook "Retain the Rain" project) to reduce stormwater management problems in Harry's Brook that cause flooding, streambank erosion, and water quality issues. read more >>


Jason Warrington, 2013

Jason Warrington, 2013
Politics
During my time at D&R Greenway I worked as an environmental stewardship intern. The purpose of my internship was to learn how to take care of preserved habitats in ways that encourage the propagation of native flora and fauna. I spent most of my time outside, working on various projects ranging from maintaining and creating recreational trails, to controlling the spread of invasive species, to monitoring conservation easements. read more >>



Lauren Wyman, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
As a research assistant on a project studying chytrid fungus, I helped to identify and analyze the factors that contribute to its spread and virulence in amphibian populations. Chytrid is a fungal pathogen that infects the keratin in amphibian skin, and has been diminishing frog populations throughout the world for over ten years. read more >>


Iris Zhou, 2013

Iris Zhou, 2013
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The goal of my project was to determine whether a model developed by my advisor accurately predicts the growth dynamics of savanna versus forest trees in regions of intermediate rainfall. My main task this summer was to do a thorough literature review of all long-term studies that measured growth over time of individual savanna and forest trees. read more >>



Sheng Zhou, 2014
Chemistry
My work with the Koel group on iron-coated nanoparticles focused on optimizing aqueous transport methods. These nanoparticles have been shown to be able to bioremediate groundwater by becoming food for bacteria that can render heavy metals such as uranium immobile in groundwater. However, often the nanoparticles are not able to move through soil due to their charge. read more >>



Lily Adler, 2015

Lily Adler, 2015
Chemistry
The goal of my PEI summer internship was to study rocks and other geological features in order to understand the climate of Earth’s ancient history and in turn, to better understand future climate change. By collecting and studying rocks that preserved oxygen isotopes deposited 300 million years ago, we can better understand the extent of global glaciation from that time period. read more >>



Vincent Bai, 2014
Chemical and biological engineering
I worked with the Benziger Reaction Engineering Group to study flow regimes through electrodes of vanadium redox flow batteries (VRBs). VRBs are being researched as potential energy storage systems that can reduce the negative effects of surges in consumption. read more >>



Regina Cai, 2015
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
In Beijing this summer, I sought to gain a holistic understanding of China’s energy production and consumption from an academic viewpoint. I mapped out two mathematics- and statistics-based projects, while networking and leveraging my work to seek out opportunities at Tsinghua University that would allow me to explore and pursue my academic interests in applied mathematics and economics. read more >>


Kathleen Cavanagh, 2014

Kathleen Cavanagh, 2014
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
This summer, I worked in Professor Smits’ lab in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department studying Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT), which offer a promising alternative to the more commonly seen Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT). read more >>



Henry Chai, 2014
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
For my summer internship working in the Princeton Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis (PENSA), I researched the functioning of the Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey Interconnection portion of the electricity grid (known as PJM interconnect). More specifically, I mined and processed data concerning the generation of and demand for electricity along the interconnect. read more >>



Abraham Chaibi, 2014
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
My internship at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory involved the development of nuclear fusion as an alternative energy source. I worked with Dr.’s Goldston and Jaworski in two fields: modeling lithium flow in the plasma sheath of a tokomak, and designing the circuitry for a liquid lithium leak detector. read more >>



Richard Cheng, 2015
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
My internship with the Loo Group exposed me to research in the field of organic photovoltaics (OPV) and gave me insight into today’s solar technology. I worked with Luisa Whittaker, a postdoc, growing nanowires using different organic materials, which are supposedly cheaper than the inorganic materials used in the solar industry today. read more >>



Matthew Chu Cheong, 2013
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Fusion has often been considered the "holy grail" of alternative energy, In that it would provide large amounts of energy with minimal waste products. By utilizing a certain type of magnetic field, fusion reactors can be built on a smaller, easier-to-construct scale. This sort of field would allow for a simpler reactor, along with “closed” field lines that provide for superior containment. read more >>



Tiffany Cheung, 2015
Molecular Biology
Regardless of the cause of global warming, the related increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is not only affecting land life but also marine life, via alterations in the carbonate chemistry of seawater. This summer I conducted research at Princeton in a geoscience lab led by Francois Morel, studying the effects of high carbon dioxide on photosynthesis and growth in marine phytoplankton. read more >>



Stephen Cognetta, 2015
Chemical and Biological Engineering
This summer I interned at the Center for Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) in Princeton, where I worked with Professor Claire Gmachl and her team to identify characteristics about lasers. I helped with developing quantum cascade laser technology, specifically Distributed Feedback Quantum Cascade (DFB QC) lasers. read more >>



Charlotte Conner, 2014
Geosciences
This summer I was an intern for the Energy Systems Analysis Group (ESAG), a research unit of the Princeton Environmental Institute. I worked primarily on their project on possible energy conversion facilities that use the Fischer-Tropsch process to create synthetic fuel and electricity from coal and biomass. read more >>



Daniel Davies, 2014
Mechanical Engineering
In my internship, I helped a physicist, Bob Street, to research organic solar cells. During the eight weeks I was there, we focused on the degradation of the solar cells due to illumination from both UV and visible light. We focused on organic solar cells because their low cost of mass production and the flexibility of the cells.  read more >>


Davis John, 2014

John Davis, 2014
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The goal of our project was to design and install a wind turbine at a secondary school founded by a Princeton professor, Carolyn Rouse. The purpose of the wind turbine was to: provide a stable source of energy for the school, serve as a research platform for the students, and promote education about sustainable energy in the school and the community. To achieve these ends, we designed the system, assisted in its construction, ordered the necessary parts. read more >>


Lauren Edelman, 2014

Lauren Edelman, 2014
Chemical and Biological Engineering
For my internship with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) I investigated permitted greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program, which was recently launched to regulate greenhouse gases. My project was to assess the effectiveness of the early stages of the PSD program. read more >>



Adam Fisch, 2015
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
A common problem coastal cities face is storm surge created by passing typhoons or hurricanes. During my summer internship with the Nordenson/Stone Collaborative Research Group, I studied parts of the physical dynamics behind storm surge and how surges form. Part of my work also focused on researching how climate change will affect hurricane patterns in the future in terms of magnitude and frequency. read more >>



Chris Hamm, 2014
Environmental Engineering
As a part of the Zondlo Group, I worked in the lab and in the field to accurately measure ice supersaturation and cirrus cloud formation in the lower stratosphere. I traveled to Salina, Kansas to take part in the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry (DC3) Campaign to help maintain our water vapor detecting instrument, the VCSEL hygrometer, as it was flown over the western U.S. read more >>



Booyeon Han, 2013
Chemistry
My summer research project focused on the exploration of more efficient and environmentally friendly methods for the synthesis of piezoelectric nanowires. These nanowires have many applications, including but not limited to electronics, sensing, energy conversion, and cellular biology. I honed in on the success of piezoelectric nanowires with various biotemplates. read more >>


Brian Huang, 2013

Brian Huang, 2013
Computer Science
This summer, I conducted research in the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) at Princeton's Forrestal Campus. The main goal of my research was to contribute to the search for reliable early warning metrics for abrupt climate change. A few studies have analyzed early warning signals by testing them on paleoclimate records which record abrupt climate shifts in the distant past, and although the metrics seem promising, their development is still at an exploratory level. read more >>



Alexandra Kasdin, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Climate Central is a small non-profit, non-advocacy research and journalism organization that focuses on climate change. Because Climate Central is such a small organization, my internship afforded me exposure to many aspects of a non-profit, from development to publicity and communications. read more >>



Wendy Lang, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
This summer I interned with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where I worked with the Office of Chief Scientist on a variety of projects aimed at ensuring that EDF’s positions and efforts are based on the best available scientific information. read more >>


Ziwei Leng, 2014

Collen Leng, 2014
Mechanical Engineering
Renewable energy cannot provide us with reliable power unless we can store the energy from its intermittent sources. The vanadium redox flow battery is a promising technology; however, its efficiency is low, and the battery components are expensive. To address this, I worked with another Princeton undergraduate to create and test two vanadium battery designs.  read more >>



Yanran Lu, 2014
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
This summer, I worked with Professor David Medvigy in the Geosciences Department at Princeton. I attempted to determine how to predict maize yields in tropical Africa using the Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM), a crop simulator that helps predict the yield of different crops using weather data. read more >>



Jessica Luo, 2015
Civil and Environmental Engineering
In recent years, we have seen stronger, more frequent tropical storms devastate coastal communities. While we cannot prevent these storms from occurring, what can we do to mitigate the consequences of water once it surges into the city? Professor Guy Nordenson’s book “On the Water: Palisade Bay” explores possible engineering and design solutions that could be used to protect New York City from the effects of storms.read more >>



Miranda Marks, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
This summer I worked with Professor Eric Larson (Princeton Environmental Institute) and Professor Sankaran Sundaresan (Chemical and Biological Engineering) to develop a new Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) course to be offered in fall 2012. read more >>


Eskender McCoy, 2014

Eskender McCoy, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
As an intern in a Princeton Environmental Institute research laboratory, I worked to identify the effect that future carbon dioxide levels will have on the health and growth of both nitrogen fixing and non-nitrogen fixing tropical trees. Half of the summer I was working in a lab on the Princeton University campus. read more >>



Ryan McNellis, 2015
Computer Science (BSE)
During my internship with PIRANHA (the Princeton Institute for Rainforests and the Amazon including their Nutrients, Hydrology, and the Atmosphere) in the Geosciences department of Princeton University, I examined the accuracy of mathematical models in predicting trends in climate variability over time, focusing specifically on daily scale surface solar radiation variability. read more >>



Emily Moder, 2013
Civil and Environmental Engineering
This summer I worked in a graduate student lab at the North China Electric Power University in Beijing. My research was focused on improving understanding of wind speed distributions in order to increase the ability of wind farms to predict their energy output. read more >>



David Newill-Smith, 2014
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
My internship this summer at Pan African Global Academy (PAGA) high school in Oshiyie, Ghana was an incredible introduction into the logistics of designing and building off-grid renewable energy systems and the world of International Development. read more >>


Carolina Nunez, 2013

Carolina Nunez, 2013
Astrophysical Sciences
During my PEI summer internship, I worked at the Pan African Global Academy (PAGA) in Oshiyie, Ghana, along with two fellow PEI interns. PAGA was established by Professor Rouse, whose aim was to build an environmentally, socially and financially sustainable high school. read more >>


Yuem Park, 2015

Yuem Park, 2015
Geosciences
Over the summer, in the states of Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Nevada, I acted as a field assistant to a PhD student in the Princeton Geosciences Department. We would study a geological map or another pertinent research paper, identify where we would most likely be able to examine rock outcrop of the specific age (the late Paleozoic Age, about 300 million years ago) and type (sedimentary carbonates). read more >>



Ryan Peng, 2014
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
This past summer, I worked in the Princeton Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis (PENSA) to develop a computer model for optimizing purchases of energy contracts in order to meet random customer demands. The primary goal was to maximize profits, while minimizing exposure to risks that are inherently present with this type of random demand. This is an important and fundamental challenge that energy distribution companies face every day. read more >>


Zhaonan Qu

Zhaonan Qu, 2015
Mathematics
Fusion energy is among one of the several promising new energy resources. However, a major technical issue remains unsolved for fusion energy reactors: Temperature in the Scrape-Off Layer (SOL, the part of the plasma immediately in contact with reactor walls) remains hard to control, which could lead to major disruptions that break a sustainable fusion reaction. This summer I worked at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. read more >>


Ruth Rosenthal, 2015

Ruth Rosenthal, 2015
Chemical and Biological Engineering
This summer, I worked in Princeton's Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) researching long-term trends in ocean chlorophyll data and differing methodologies for examining such trends. Chlorophyll data provides the best tool for scientists to estimate the concentration of phytoplankton in a given area of the ocean. Since phytoplankton form the basis of ocean food webs, it is important to see if their numbers are changing over time, especially since they may be affected by climate change. read more >>


Nicole Sato, 2014

Nicole Sato, 2014
Chemical and Biological Engineering
This summer, I studied the relationship between crystal structure and device performance in organic field effect transistors. I investigated a small carbon molecule, contorted hexabenzocoronene (HBC), and a few of its fluorinated derivatives for use in organic electronics. My project included two main questions: 1) How do different methods of annealing influence the crystal structure? and 2) how does the crystal structure affect the device performance? read more >>



Jessica Lynn Saylors, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
This was my second summer working in Professor Lynn Loo’s research group fabricating organic field effect transistors (OFETs) from an organic molecule called contorted hexabenzocoronene (HBC). I used OFETs, a type of switch that forms the basic building blocks of organic electronic devices, to examine the electronic properties of HBC. read more >>



Levi Stanton, 2015
Civil and Environmental Engineering
My internship with the Center for Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment focused on the development of an 8-micron mid-infrared quantum cascade laser system for the sensing of methane. This sensor will ultimately serve as a field-deployed system in Toolik Lake, Alaska where permafrost thaw is releasing large amounts of methane. read more >>



Andrew Stella, 2013
Chemical Engineering
It is commonly cited by solar power advocates that the rate of energy incident on Earth's surface from the sun outpaces our global consumption by several orders of magnitude. So why then aren't solar panels ubiquitous? One reason is cost. The subject of my internship with the Ceramic Materials Lab, the dye-sensitized solar cell, is a relatively young and promising solution. read more >>


Chengyue Sun, 2013

Chengyue Sun, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
This summer I conducted research in Professor Koel's group on the photocatalysis of water using manganese oxide doped zinc oxide nanoparticles as a co-catalyst. This project has the potential to provide new and more effective catalysts for the synthesis of hydrogen gas. Previous experiments were conducted on the topic, but only with a low manganese oxide content of about 5% to 10%; I investigated the effect of increasing the manganese oxide content to 50%. read more >>



Aleksandra Szczuka, 2014
Chemical and Biological Engineering
The goal of my internship at the Morel lab was to determine the effect of pH and temperature changes on the activity of the enzyme carbonic anhydrase. Carbonic anhydrase catalyzes the inter-conversion of carbon dioxide and bicarbonate, helping adjust the level of carbon dioxide within a cell. read more >>



Tyler Tamasi, 2015
Chemistry
As an intern with the Sigman Group in the Geosciences department at Princeton University, I focused on collecting and analyzing the nitrogen species (primarily NH4+) in New Jersey rainwater and compared my results with data collected from Bermuda rainwater. During my summer experience, I took part in two research cruises from Bermuda and used a plethora of field techniques to better understand the chemistry of air and sea. read more >>



Evaline Tsai, 2015
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Because the production of cement contributes to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, there is a need to find replacements for cement used in concrete manufacturing. This summer, I studied the interactions between fly ash, a promising secondary cementitious material (SCM), and air entraining agents (AEAs)... read more >>


Nick White, 2013

Nick White, 2013
Math
I spent the summer working with Dr. Rym Msadek at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The main goal of my project was to characterize the circulation in the South Atlantic Ocean, a region which is not well understood in oceanography. We also did some analysis of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (the "conveyer belt" that is depicted in diagrams of world oceanic circulation. read more >>



Mengyi Xu, 2014
The Woodrow Wilson School
I had the wonderful opportunity to work closely with Professor Keohane on a project that focused on "The Ethics of Communicating Uncertainty in Climate Change." I was mainly charged with conducting literature reviews and finding relevant materials on the topic that would help the professor and his two co-authors gain a firmer understanding of the complexities of the issue. read more >>


Sheng Zhou, 2014

Sheng Zhou, 2014
Chemistry
My summer internship was an extension of my involvement with a student-run nonprofit, GlobeMed at Princeton University. My project was part of the GrassRoots Onsite Work (GROW) Internship program of GlobeMed at Princeton’s partnership with Medical AIDS Outreach (MAO). I worked with Amy Li ’14 to conduct a survey of Alabama college students on their perceptions of HIV/AIDS and testing. read more >>




Jonathan Choi, 2015
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This summer I was fortunate to work in Dr. Kelly Caylor’s lab at Princeton University under Dr. Lyndon Estes. My internship revolved around a project utilizing Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk service to map cropland in South Africa. Much of my internship was spent investigating the mechanics of Google Maps and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, and creating preliminary support infrastructure for future stages of our project. read more >>


Margaret Cochrane, 2014

Margaret Cochrane, 2014
Anthropology
The goal of our internship in Kenya was to learn extensively about community theater and how it can enact behavioral change in communities, specifically with concern to issues of safe water and sexual and environmental practices. We went through intensive workshops with the two youth groups with whom we were working in order to learn about the process of magnet theater and how they apply it to communities. read more >>



Rebecca Haynes, 2015
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I spent the summer of 2012 working as a teaching assistant at the Conservation Clubs of seven schools in Northern Kenya. Most regions where these schools were located face severe desertification due to deforestation, overgrazing, drought, and mismanagement of resources. This summer I primarily worked educating students and their communities about ways to conserve valuable resources and to protect the ecosystem. read more >>



Sarah Jeong, 2015
Woodrow Wilson School
My internship with the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC) showed me the necessity of an interdisciplinary background when tackling environmental issues. The ELRC's practical approach to encouraging sustainability was very rewarding because its projects contributed directly to local communities. read more >>


Emily Kaplan, 2014

Emily Kaplan, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I interned with Lyndon Estes in Civil and Environmental Engineering. My first project of the summer was to collect data from presenters at a Symposium on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Biodiversity in South Africa held in August 2011. I prepared this data for webhosting by using ArcMap. Other projects included working with iWeb and Roxen to design three websites. read more >>



Preston Cosslett Kemeny, 2015
Physics, Geosciences
This summer I spent ten weeks with the Princeton EcoHydrology Lab in Kenya researching the degree of isotopic equilibration between atmospheric water vapor and rainfall. This research, which relates to parameters used in climatological modeling, was part of an ongoing effort by the EcoHydrology Lab to understand land degradation in dryland ecosystems. read more >>


Briana Liu, 2015
Woodrow Wilson School
In South Africa, my primary role was to assist the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC) at Rhodes University with its environmental education and community development programs. I worked with the local youth’s cleaning and greening initiative to install composters and sustainable gardening in the Ward 7 township, a poor district that relies heavily on government funds. read more >>



Graham Read, 2015
Undeclared
My internship project involved work in two phases and locations in Kenya. The first phase consisted of training in the principles of Magnet Theater by REPACTED, a theater organization based in Nakuru, Kenya. During our work with REPACTED, we learned about cultural issues, myths and beliefs associated with HIV/AIDS, clean water use, basic sanitation and other topics. read more >>



Max Silver, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I spent the summer in Kenya as an intern with Grevy’s Zebra Trust, a non-profit Kenya-based organization dedicated to conserving the endangered species of Grevy’s zebra. My time in Kenya was divided between working in an office at Mpala Research Center and field work in the Samburu Heartland, a remote region in north-central Kenya. read more >>




Priscilla Agyapong, 2015
Undeclared
In South Africa, NGOs like the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation are the primary undertakers of community building efforts, including the fight against HIV. I worked mainly as an educator in the computer lab of the DTHF Youth Centre in Masiphumelele. read more >>



Nisha Bhat, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This summer I spent two months in Nepal working for the OUCRU based at the Patan Hospital in Kathmandu. I assisted with studies on enteric fever, which is endemic in Nepal. The primary project I worked on sought to determine whether typhoid carrier screening could be accurately conducted by collecting saliva samples, as opposed to the commonly used blood or bile samples. read more >>



Kathleen Brite, 2013
Politics
The overall goal of my project with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation was to produce a history of its ground-breaking mobile testing unit, the Tutu Tester. This history was to be published and used in reviving HIV/AIDS awareness and reducing stigma, re-conceptualizing HIV as preventable, manageable, and part of comprehensive wellness. read more >>


Priscella Chan, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This summer I interned with the Oxford Clinical Research Unit, and worked on mapping the burden of typhoid fever, which is endemic in Southeast Asia. Not only do some patients die from complications of the disease, but since typhoid is treated with antimicrobials, patients must also face the challenges of increased drug resistance. read more >>



Jacqueline Chu, 2015
Undeclared
My internship at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit focused on analyzing and summarizing data gathered on antibiotic use and antibiotic knowledge by aquaculture farmers in Vietnam. The data I analyzed was obtained from a direct survey of farmers in Vietnam and from biological analysis of aquaculture products collected from local Vietnamese markets. read more >>


Laura Cooper, 2015

Laura Cooper, 2015
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Our goal in this project was to foster an open dialogue in Kuria District, Kenya about health issues and to encourage healthy, sustainable practices that would be endorsed by the community. We focused on two important issues in the community: HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, and clean water use. Working in partnership with two magnet theater groups, Mwangaza in Kuria District and REPACTED in Nakuru. read more >>



Stephanie Gati, 2013
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This summer, I joined a research project, Disease Interactions in Malnourished Children (DIMAC), through Princeton's department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mpala Research Center in Laikipia, Kenya. read more >>



Elliot Horlick, 2015
Chemical and Biological Engineering
The overuse of antibiotics has enabled bacteria to grow increasingly resistant to them. The ultimate goal of the research I conducted over the summer in the Brynildsen Laboratory was to make bacteria more susceptible to antibacterial effects. read more >>



Adam Kinalski, 2014
Woodrow Wilson School
Pneumonia is the leading killer of children globally, with 1.4 million children dying of the disease before their fifth birthday in 2010 alone. Whilst vaccines against some pneumonia pathogens are being rolled out, simple, low-cost, and scalable interventions to reduce the burden of pneumonia are elusive. read more >>



Audrey Li, 2013
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Working with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy this summer, I sought to identify whether certain behaviors of hospital staff were associated with higher or lower rates of healthcare-associated infection. By searching for state-reported figures for infection on a hospital level, then aggregating that information... read more >>



Deul Lim, 2013
Economics
I worked as a summer intern at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, an international organization based in Geneva that finances projects to combat epidemics in more than 150 countries. I arrived at the Global Fund when it was redesigning grant management policies to improve the organization’s efficiency and impact. read more >>



Alankrita Raghavan, 2015
Molecular Biology
This summer, I worked at the Naz Foundation in New Delhi, a public health organization committed to raising awareness about the spread of HIV/AIDS. Initially I compiled information and wrote reports for the various projects in Naz as well as grants for funding the newer projects. read more >>


Rajagopal Kashyap

Kash Rajagopal, 2014
Woodrow Wilson School
This summer I worked with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in New Delhi, which serves as a thinktank and advisory group to the Ministry of Health. Within the organization, I was part of the relatively new Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU), which focuses on vaccine supply chain logistics, and specifically on how technical deficiencies in the cold chain hamper routine immunization. read more >>



John Patrick Renschler, 2013
Woodrow Wilson School
As an intern at the OUCRU in Hanoi,Vietnam, my project was to assess the performance of microscopic-observation drug-susceptibility (MODS) culture as a diagnostic test for pediatric tuberculosis. Pediatric TB is a serious concern within resource-limited areas where the failure to rapidly diagnose and instigate appropriate treatment leads to fatalities and aids the persistence of epidemics. read more >>



Elizabeth Sajewski, 2013
Environmental Engineering
The goal of my internship was to develop a preliminary assessment of the level of environmental degradation of the Bishnumati River, one of the main rivers and surface water sources for Kathmandu, Nepal. I was also interested in gauging the health risks of polluted river water on the local community, the community’s level of education about these risks, and their level of environmental responsibility and stewardship. read more >>



Ryan Shyu, 2013
Economics
This summer I interned in New Delhi, India with The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. The overall goal of my work was to do research to help make better anti-malaria public policy in India. My main project consisted of creating a statistical model using sales of antimalarial drugs to help estimate the malaria burden in India. read more >>



Akshata Shirahatti, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I spent this summer researching pediatric tuberculosis (TB) from a clinical perspective at The Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Vietnam. I was involved in two major clinical studies, both which had the ultimate goal of assisting TB doctors to provide more effective intervention and treatment to reduce mortality from TB. read more >>



Jocelyn Tang, 2014
Computer Science
During my internship at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre I performed a variety of tasks ranging from updating the website to designing plans for the renovation of the centre. I also helped to develop standard procedures for media documentation, maintain the Facebook and Twitter sites, and create a Wikipedia page. read more >>



Cynthia Wang, 2014
Molecular Biology
My summer project at the OUCRU in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, involved researching the molecular epidemiology of drug resistance mutations in the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Vietnam has one of the highest rates of chronic HBV infection in the world, and the genotype distribution of HBV amongst the Vietnamese people has not yet been well characterized. read more >>