Cal State LA students selected for summer research internship at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Cal State LA has recently selected 10 undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a summer internship at Jet Propulsion Laboratory as part of the NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Cal State LA. These 10 students are the recipients of the DIRECT-STEM research fellowships funded by the NASA Minority University Research and Education Project’s Institutional Research Opportunity Program.

The fellows will learn hands-on research and the big data science applications on their interested disciplines.  They will join more than 700 student interns in JPL selected from around the world, including ivy league colleges and top research universities.

The following are Cal State LA DIRECT-STEM research fellows and their faculty mentors: 

  • Claudia Seidel, undergraduate student; computer science major (advisor: Hengchun Ye and Jiang Guo)
  • Beatriz Aguilar, undergraduate student; math major and geography minor (advisor: Jingjing Li)
  • Brian Hernandez, undergraduate student; computer science major (advisor: Jiang Guo)
  • Ray Han, undergraduate student; computer science major (advisor: Jiang Guo)
  • Barry Martinez, graduate student; geography major (advisors: Hengchun and Jingjing Li)
  • Deanna Nash, graduate student; geography major (advisor: Hengchun Ye)
  • Aaron Trefler, graduate student; computer science major (advisor: Hengchun Ye and Jiang Guo)
  • James Sunthonlap, graduate student; computer science major (advisor: Jiang Guo)
  • Jonathan Barnes, graduate student; astrophysics major (advisor: Susan Terebey)
  • Lizxandra Flores-Rivera, graduate student; astrophysics major (advisor: Susan Terebey)

Undergraduate students will receive a summer stipend of $6,000 and graduate students will receive $8,000 for the summer. The internship runs from June 15 to August 19. 

These Cal State LA students will be working with JPL scientists in the atmosphere physics and weather group (led by Bjorn Lambrigtsen and Eric J. Fetzer on AIRS products, and Duan Weliser on climate models assessments); hydrological cycle group (led by John Reager on GRACE data), big data science division (led by Emily Law on cloud computing), and astronomy modeling group (led by Neal Turner, Ragvendra Sahai, and Karen Willacy on astrophysics modeling of the origin of our universe).  In addition, their Cal State LA faculty mentors will also be working at JPL with the JPL’s mentors to maximize students learning outcomes.

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04/18/2016