Summer Making, Academic prep, and Research for Transfer students (SMART) Internship Program
Sponsored by STEM CORE, 17 SMART interns from 5 community colleges participated in the workshops and educational/research activities hosted by Cal State LA in summer 2022.
- Workload - 30 hours per week
- Learning format
- Self-paced workshops – 20 hours
- Graduate-assistant hosted weekly meeting (remote or in-person)
- Graduate assistant office hours
- Subject: Intel DevCloud – machine learning applications
- Workload – 10 hours per week
- Learning format
- Each intern was assigned to a participating research lab based on the interns academic major/interests.
- Each faculty research advisor and their TAs met 2 hours per week with the interns.
- The faculty advisor of the research lab assigned tasks to the interns based on the research activities and the interest of the interns.
Robotics Design Demonstration - hosted by Dr Charles Liu, and Professor Airs Lin
Makerspace Tour - hosted by the ECST Makerspace graduate assistants
Transfer Pathways Preparation; Peer Advisement; Luncheon - hosted by Dr. Charles Liu and the ECST peer mentors from the Successful Transfer and Retention (STAR) Pathways program
Biomedical Engineering (BME) Research Demostration - hosted by the BME lab assistants
MATLAB Toolboxes Demonstration - hosted by the ECST MATLAB Model-based Design (MBD) graduate assistants.
The SMART interns worked at the ECST Makerspace to learn how to use and repair manufacturing equipment, design and build tools and equipment, and interact with Cal State LA students on their design projects.
The SMART interns worked with the Electronics Makerspace Lead Student Assistant to create a safe, welcoming, creative, and innovative environment for students. They had the opportunity to design, build, and test various devices to facilitate an electronics makerspace, such as electronic wall displays, equipment checkin/checkout systems, and demonstration projects.
The SMART interns worked in the IntelliMed lab on two projects: 1) collecting and analyzing wireless surface EEG data and comparing the signal features with ones predicted from a finite element model for various tasks and under various conditions. Interns working with human subject data needed to undergo human subject research training. 2) search for patterns in brain (electrocorticogram) signals recorded from rodent subjects induced with a model of stroke to determine if and how certain signature electrical events spread and change across the brain and over time. Students met with the larger group on a weekly basis to hear updates on all the projects in the lab, including one on deep brain stimulation.
The SMART interns worked in the Object-Oriented Programming Lab to develop various software using Python. They learned the concept of an abstract class, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism to provide great flexibility, modularity, and reusability in developing software. Also, they learned to program with abstract classes, class inheritance, polymorphism, and exception handling.
The SMART interns worked in the Embedded Architecture Lab for the learning of Verilog programing and receiving the hands-on experience of the innovative technologies to the development of an embedded system using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA). They also learned the concept and the applications with thread-level parallel processing.
SMART Interns Profiles
Computer Engineering, Computer Science
I am a second-year student at Seattle Central College. My major is computer science. In the SMART Program, the most helpful things about the internship for me are:
• Going over the basics of python.
• Having a real coding project to work on
• Being able to get help from very knowledgeable people and mentors.
The internship helped me in understanding coding/programming in a better way, and actually being able to see what a real developer environment is like. I learned a lot about code and how it works through the several projects we did.
Doing the SMART Internship really opened up my eyes. Being able to create things with software is cool, and figuring things out and getting them to work after a lot of trial and error is very gratifying.
I am a student at East Los Angeles College. My major is Computer Science, but might need to do some reconsideration if I should get in minor in something else too. In the SMART program, the most helpful topics are:
- Jupiter Notebook
I think the program has helped me in my endeavor in computer science better than I would have by myself or school. I have no experience when it comes to programming, so getting some experience and help in this internship has given me more insight than I would have on the first day of the internship.
I got inspired I should see other field beside computer Science, but at the same time I think I should get a bachelor’s degree and maybe a minor or something first to contain some sustainability before I try reaching out for other fields and trying too much. Just wonder if having a degree in Refrigeration can help me a bit here?
My name is Royce Jamerson, and I am a second-year student, majoring in Computer Science, at Pasadena City College. I was a part of the STEM Core Internship at Cal State Los Angeles. A day during this internship usually consisted of me learning and implementing various technologies within the computer science, computer and electrical engineering fields. Technologies such as Intel AI DevCloud for machine learning applications, GitHub, Jupyter Notebook, Linux, and FPGA just to name a few. As well as various programming languages, such as Python, Verilog HDL and C++. The thing I enjoyed most about my internship experience was the fact that I got to dive deeper, and learn more, about various subjects within and around my chosen field of study. Starting up a new semester is the next near plan for me. I will be taking a few of my first actual computer science courses this fall, and I feel way more prepared for that challenge, due to my experience with the internship. My goals are to continue my journey in order to finish my degree, after that, jump into the tech industry and one day, start and build my own firm. If I could give any advice to the next group of interns, would be to pay attention and ask a ton of questions of your mentors and the TAs. They are extremely knowledgeable and are amazing assets to help you on your journey.
I am a junior-year student at East Los Angeles College. My major is computer engineering. In the SMART program, the most helpful topics are:
- Intel DevCloud
I entered this internship not knowing much about programming (little to no experience) but was excited to learn python and Linux. Learning Python helped me strengthen my programming skills and Linux became a useful tool. I enjoyed using the tutorials on Intel DevCloud and being able to visually see the outputs of the codes for me to understand it better. Now that I have more experience with programming, I feel more confident in being able to move forward with my major program. Since I am transferring, I am looking forward to seeing what my knowledge will allow me to achieve in the next few years.
This internship inspired me to learn other programming languages that are useful towards my field, as well as gaining more hands-on experience. I liked how I was exposed to other majors like mechanical and biomedical engineering, which gave me a well-rounded idea of what skills they need for their field and how programming is involved in everything.
I am a sophomore-year student at East Los Angeles College. My major is Computer Science. In the SMART program, the most helpful topics are:
• Learning about computer vision
• Learning about embedded systems
This program benefited me greatly because I gained valuable knowledge in computer vision which is an area of computer science I would like to specialize in and now I am much more confident about it because now I have gained some experience.
I am very interested in pursuing research in the field of computer vision now because I was so interested in it thanks to the internship that I would like to learn more about it.
I am an incoming transfer student at University of California, Los Angeles. My major is Applied Mathematics. In the SMART program, the most helpful topics are:
- Electronics makerspace
- Object-Oriented Programming
- Embedded Architecture Lab
During the Embedded Architecture Lab, I and the computer science team use Quartus Prime Standard and Verilog HDL to program and implement the code into the DE10-Lite FPGA board with different binary values setting to test the decimal value on the seven-segment displays and compare the signal features with ones predicted from a finite element model for various tasks and under various conditions.
In addition, we also learn and use Python, OpenCV, and mobilenet-ssd to create a bird watcher project experimented with benchmarking to study the machine learning application.
You may refer to the following page for what you have learned in this program.
I am a sophomore year student at East Los Angeles College. My major is computer science. In the SMART program, the most helpful topics are:
- Image classification
- Programming in Python
- Logic circuits
The lower-division courses for my major, computer science, is largely based on mathematics and physics, so much of my appreciation for the CSULA internship lies in being override this educational constraint. I can experience the interior and exterior of the field directly: learning how to perform image inferencing with Python while dipping a bit into mechanical and computer engineering.
Since the mixture of in-person and online classes gave little opportunity to meet students with major, I am inspired to research recent developments and achievements in the field to acquire a wider perspective.
Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
I am a sophmore-year student at Santa Ana College. My major is Electrical Engineering. In the SMART program, the most helpful topics are:
- Throughout the internship, we were introduced to Python and Linux, the former being a coding language and the second an operating system. Both have exposed me to and shown me a different perspective on how our world works today. This exposure has shown me the limitless possibilities that coding provides. Even though the learning curve can be steep, the possibilities are endless. I've learned more about it throughout this internship, and if someone asks me about it, I now have the basic knowledge to engage in a conversation and possibly help with some problems.
- In addition, through this internship, I learned how to use Excel to catalog electrical components and contributed to transforming an abandoned room into a welcoming space for others to learn or create. We might not have had enough manpower to finish setting it up, but the electrical components I was exposed to were a great opportunity. Finally, having the opportunity to build and calibrate a 3D printer was a privilege.
Overall, this internship has broadened my horizons and expanded my skill set and knowledge. With this newfound knowledge, I know that this is the career for me. Having the opportunity to gain hands-on experience has changed my life. I know I want to continue working on my electrical engineering degree!
I am a sophomore year student at Saddleback College. My major is Biomedical Engineering. In the SMART program, the most helpful topics are:
- Different Workshops; Makerspace, Hydrogen Station
- Research opportunity at Lab
- Learning Python
This program helped me realized that I do really enjoy working in the lab as a part of a team and I have chosen the right major to continue. I learned how to work with EEG machine, collect and analyze signals from a human subject’s brain. At the different workshops that we had during the 8 weeks program I got the chance to get familiar with different machines and tools that I will need to use in Engineering field such as 3D print, Milling tools and etc.
I will continue my education in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Bioelectric and Neuro Science, and look for getting more hands-on experience while completing my academic education.