Three Students Chosen for Summer Internships


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Three SUNY Oneonta students have been selected to participate in summer research internships through the SUNY Networks of Excellence. Students will conduct research alongside SUNY faculty members, gaining hands-on experience in their fields of study. The program is administered by the Research Foundation for SUNY.

“The SUNY Networks of Excellence allow us to offer students unique opportunities to be on the cutting edge of new research and innovation,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The research these students will be a part of has the potential to transform highly-specialized fields while preparing students for college and career success. Congratulations to the talented scholars chosen to participate this year and thank you to the SUNY faculty across New York who will mentor them.” 

Sierra Darling, a chemistry major from Cortland, NY, is one of 11 Brain Summer Scholars. Created by the SUNY Brain Network of Excellence, this program brings together undergraduate students who are considering a career in research and SUNY faculty and senior student mentors who are conducting research in neuroscience. Darling will work with faculty mentor Christopher Neville from Upstate Medical University on a project using technology prototypes developed in collaboration with external partners to study data and observe patterns to learn more about patients with traumatic brain injury.

In addition, two SUNY Oneonta students were selected to participate in the STEM Passport Program. Funded by the SUNY Networks of Excellence, the program places undergraduates in research positions on topics ranging from tracking software development and 3-D printing to forensic investigations and studying the eastern hellbender salamander.

Timothy Kilmer, a physics major from Walton, NY, will work with faculty mentor Shahrzad Towfighian from Binghamton University on fabrication of a triboelectric energy harvester.

Anne Odero, a physics major from Oneonta, will work with faculty mentor Gonca Altuger-Genc from Farmingdale State College on a project titled, “Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of a Manufacturing and Assembly Line.”

“Working together with faculty on a research project can be a life-changing opportunity for students—opening their eyes to new fields, new ideas, and the potential for discovery,” said Alexander N. Cartwright, SUNY provost and executive vice chancellor, and interim president of the Research Foundation for SUNY. “The summer research programs offered through the networks are part of SUNY’s applied learning commitment, preparing students for success in today’s global economy.”

Students were selected for the internships based on criteria such as faculty recommendation, academic transcripts, and a personal statement of interest. Additional information about these opportunities is available online.

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